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The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra
Jeff Hellmer, Director
with special guest Joe Lovano
Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music, the Longhorn Jazz Festival, and KUTX’s Sunday Morning Jazz with Jay Trachtenberg
Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and producer Joe Lovano joins the UT Jazz Orchestra as part of the Butler School of Music’s annual Longhorn Jazz Festival.
Joe Lovano’s impressive career has found him touring with jazz greats such as the Woody Herman Thundering Herd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, and Jack DeJohnette. Lovano has also created a body of work for his own large ensembles including strings, woodwinds, his horn-rich Nonet, and more recently, his newest iteration of the classic quartet.
Directed by Professor Jeff Hellmer, the UT Jazz Orchestra is the Butler School of Music’s premier jazz ensemble. In recent years, the Jazz Orchestra has performed with such luminaries as Michael Brecker, Maria Schneider, Stefon Harris, Joshua Redman, Cyrus Chestnut, and Conrad Herwig.
After 30 albums as a leader and at least 25 years in the spotlight, it’s clear Joe Lovano is more than a dominant figure in jazz. He’s jazz’s answer to George Clooney or Jeff Bridges, a vibrant player who delivers an award-worthy performance every time out.
– Wall Street Journal
- Caravan will premiere at the 2019 SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival in Dallas.
- Lovano began playing the alto saxophone at five, switching to the tenor saxophone a few years later.
- By the time he got his driver's license at sixteen, Joe Lovano was a member of the Musician's Union, Local 4, and working professionally.
- Joe Lovano was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Berklee and an honorary doctorate in 1998. Berklee also awarded Joe its first endowed chair, The Gary Burton Chair for Jazz Performance in 2001.
- In addition to his reed arsenal, Joe has a collection of gongs and a full drum sheet.
- With a Grammy Win for his 52nd Street Themes and 14 other nominations, he has won DownBeat Magazine’s Critics and Readers Polls countless times as Tenor Saxophonist, Musician of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, and Triple Crowns.
- He is a guest lecturer at New York University’s Jazz Program, Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, as well as a clinician at Universities around the globe.
- The UT Jazz Orchestra’s repertoire often features compositions of its members.