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Check out our very own John Fremgen, Associate Professor of Jazz and String bass, playing with The Kirk Covington Trio a...
05/17/2021
Golden Earrings (Kirk Covington Trio)

Check out our very own John Fremgen, Associate Professor of Jazz and String bass, playing with The Kirk Covington Trio at a concert at Monks Jazz.

Cadence Magazine calls John Fremgen “…an adroit craftsman on the strings slapping and popping away on electric or plucking resonant tones on acoustic.” He grew up in the Chicago area where he studied classical bass with Harold Siegel. He received a BM in Commercial Music from Millikin University and a MM in Jazz Studies from The University of Southern California where he studied with Brian Bromberg and Shelly Berg. As bassist for five-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross, Sony recording artist PJ Olsson and jazz legend Butch Miles, he has performed across the USA as well as in Germany, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Switzerland. He is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at UT Austin and has taught, given masterclasses, conducted, and performed at The Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, The Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia in Umbria, Italy, The Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Aarhus, Denmark, The Guatemalan American Institute in Guatemala, The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Guatemala Jazz Festival and The Montreux Jazz Festival. His bass playing can be heard on dozens of jingles, TV shows and movies, including Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, Shorts, Down to You and The Late Show with David Letterman. He has also recorded as a sideman for numerous artists, including PJ Olsson, Eric Johnson, Christopher Cross, Abra Moore, Ruthie Foster, Rick Trevino among many others. He has released three solo recordings on the Viewpoint label, Meanwhile, Pieces of String and If Not Now, featuring Peter Erskine, Shelly Berg and many others. He can be seen performing in Austin with many artists including Kirk Covington, Butch Miles, Kat Edmonson, Jeff Hellmer and Mitch Watkins.

Selected Discography

As a leader:

Meanwhile with Peter Erskine and Mitch Watkins (Viewpoint), Pieces Of String with Peter Erskine and Shelly Berg (Viewpoint), If Not Now (Viewpoint)

As a sideman:

Words For Living PJ Olsson (Sony), Beautifully Insane PJ Olsson (Sony), PJ Olsson PJ Olsson (Red Ink), Dust PJ Olsson (HitIt!), Math And Science Math and Science (Brick Red), The Songs of Dawson’s Creek various (Sony), In My Life George Martin (MCA), Peak Moments Jeff Hellmer/Rick Margitza (Viewpoint), Jazz, Bars and Battlescars Tony Campise (Viewpoint), Faithful Sara Hickman, Goodnight Venus Libby Kirkpatrick (Heart Music), Tucker Livingston Tucker Livingston (AMP), Live at the Paramount Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Music), Collage Eric Johnson (Vortexan Music), Kirk Covington and the Devil Horns Kirk Covington (R.M.I Records), Freedonia Freedonia (Christopher Cross Music), Firefly Freedonia (Christopher Cross Music), Step Inside Love: A Jazzy Tribute to the Beatles, Various Artists (ESC Medien)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gCLsP0ABLY

Professor John Fremgen, University of Texas at Austin's Associate Professor of Jazz String Bass, plays with the Kirk Covington Trio in a concert at Monks Jaz...

Dr. John Mills', Professor of both Composition and Jazz Saxophone at The University of Texas at Austin, arranged this ve...
05/13/2021
Nica's Dream (arranged by John Mills)

Dr. John Mills', Professor of both Composition and Jazz Saxophone at The University of Texas at Austin, arranged this version of Horace Silver's "Nica's Dream" for the jazz saxophone studio. The featured soloist on this track is Master's Student Ian Henderson on tenor saxophone.

https://soundcloud.com/utexasaustinjazz/nicas-dream-arranged-by-john-mills

Dr. John Mills', Professor of both Composition and Jazz Saxophone at The University of Texas at Austin, arranged this version of Horace Silver's "Nica's Dream" for the jazz saxophone studio. The feat

Tune in this Sunday, May 16th at 7:30pm to watch UT senior Paulo Santos' senior recital and livestream from Monks Jazz!"...
05/11/2021

Tune in this Sunday, May 16th at 7:30pm to watch UT senior Paulo Santos' senior recital and livestream from Monks Jazz!

"Paulo Santos is a jazz saxophonist, flautist, and woodwind player born and raised in Austin, Texas. From a musical family, Santos began studying classical flute at 11 years old and has continued his formal education at the University of Texas Butler School of Music where he currently pursues a bachelor’s degree in jazz saxophone and composition under professors Jeff Hellmer, John Mills, and John Fremgen.

As an avid composer, Santos’ small group and large ensemble compositions and arrangements are often featured by UT’s jazz orchestra and A.I.M.E., as well as the local N.O.W. Jazz Orchestra. His playing can be heard on the Big Wy’s Brass Band EPs ‘Portal to Funkville’ and ‘Lord Dope,’ funk band Flyjack’s recent album ‘Soul Catcher,’ and ‘The Genesis,’ from trumpeter David Young’s jazz project Detroit City. Santos has had the opportunity to perform with many well-renowned musicians such as Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Michael Dease, Andre Hayward, Conrad Herwig, Francis “Rocco” Prestia and Ray Greene of Tower of Power, among others."
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Stream in HD @ https://youtu.be/qgCRQKSvDhI
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Featuring:
Paulo Santos - Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Garcia - Trombone
Cameron Riggs - Piano
Chris Loveland - Bass
Zach Kursman - Drums
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#utaustinjazz #utjazz #utjazzstudies #saxophone #austinjazz #PauloSantos #senior #recital #monksjazz #eastaustinpianoshop #livestream #BSOM

Tune in this Sunday, May 16th at 7:30pm to watch UT senior Paulo Santos' senior recital and livestream from Monks Jazz!

"Paulo Santos is a jazz saxophonist, flautist, and woodwind player born and raised in Austin, Texas. From a musical family, Santos began studying classical flute at 11 years old and has continued his formal education at the University of Texas Butler School of Music where he currently pursues a bachelor’s degree in jazz saxophone and composition under professors Jeff Hellmer, John Mills, and John Fremgen.

As an avid composer, Santos’ small group and large ensemble compositions and arrangements are often featured by UT’s jazz orchestra and A.I.M.E., as well as the local N.O.W. Jazz Orchestra. His playing can be heard on the Big Wy’s Brass Band EPs ‘Portal to Funkville’ and ‘Lord Dope,’ funk band Flyjack’s recent album ‘Soul Catcher,’ and ‘The Genesis,’ from trumpeter David Young’s jazz project Detroit City. Santos has had the opportunity to perform with many well-renowned musicians such as Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Michael Dease, Andre Hayward, Conrad Herwig, Francis “Rocco” Prestia and Ray Greene of Tower of Power, among others."
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Stream in HD @ https://youtu.be/qgCRQKSvDhI
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Featuring:
Paulo Santos - Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Garcia - Trombone
Cameron Riggs - Piano
Chris Loveland - Bass
Zach Kursman - Drums
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#utaustinjazz #utjazz #utjazzstudies #saxophone #austinjazz #PauloSantos #senior #recital #monksjazz #eastaustinpianoshop #livestream #BSOM

The University of Texas at Austin Jazz Department is happy to announce Ian Henderson’s Master’s Recital & Livestream at ...
04/27/2021

The University of Texas at Austin Jazz Department is happy to announce Ian Henderson’s Master’s Recital & Livestream at Monks Jazz this Sunday, May 2 and 7:30 pm.

"A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Ian Henderson began playing saxophone at the age of 12 in school band where he was introduced to and fell in love with jazz. He graduated from the University of North Texas’ prestigious jazz studies program with a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance in 2016, where he played in the Two and Three O’ Clock Lab Bands and studied with Brad Leali. Before moving to Austin to study for his master’s degree in jazz performance at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, he lived in Costa Rica where he taught and performed throughout the country. Ian has performed professionally in Chile, Costa Rica, and Texas, where he is currently an Austin, TX resident. He will be moving to Miami to pursue his Doctorate in Musical Arts in August 2021."

Stream in HD @ youtu.be/PJvf7O2f8Iw
Live From East Austin Piano Shop
One Set – 7:30pm

Ian Henderson – Saxophone
Marco Santos – Guitar
Damian Garcia – Piano
Alex Browne – Double Bass
Fabio Augustinis – Drums
Susanna Sharpe – Vocals

Tickets for limited in-studio audience available at: ian-henderson-may-second-concert-tickets.eventbrite.com

The University of Texas at Austin Jazz Department is happy to announce Ian Henderson’s Master’s Recital & Livestream at Monks Jazz this Sunday, May 2 and 7:30 pm.

"A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Ian Henderson began playing saxophone at the age of 12 in school band where he was introduced to and fell in love with jazz. He graduated from the University of North Texas’ prestigious jazz studies program with a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance in 2016, where he played in the Two and Three O’ Clock Lab Bands and studied with Brad Leali. Before moving to Austin to study for his master’s degree in jazz performance at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, he lived in Costa Rica where he taught and performed throughout the country. Ian has performed professionally in Chile, Costa Rica, and Texas, where he is currently an Austin, TX resident. He will be moving to Miami to pursue his Doctorate in Musical Arts in August 2021."

Stream in HD @ youtu.be/PJvf7O2f8Iw
Live From East Austin Piano Shop
One Set – 7:30pm

Ian Henderson – Saxophone
Marco Santos – Guitar
Damian Garcia – Piano
Alex Browne – Double Bass
Fabio Augustinis – Drums
Susanna Sharpe – Vocals

Tickets for limited in-studio audience available at: ian-henderson-may-second-concert-tickets.eventbrite.com

Drummer Zach Kursman, undergraduate Jazz Performance Major, is the recipient of this semester’s Eleanor Alexander Stribl...
04/26/2021

Drummer Zach Kursman, undergraduate Jazz Performance Major, is the recipient of this semester’s Eleanor Alexander Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Studies. The award is given each semester to an outstanding jazz studies student, and honors Eleanor Alexander Stribling, who became one the first female bank directors in the nation when she became a director at First National Bank in San Antonio in 1873. She was known as a philanthropist who was concerned with education. Her hard work and generosity made it possible for one of her great-great-grandchildren, Dr. Cheney Crow, to fund this award. Congratulations to Zach!! 🥁 🎶
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#utaustinjazz #utjazzstudies #atxjazz #award #excellence #ZachKursman #drummer

Drummer Zach Kursman, undergraduate Jazz Performance Major, is the recipient of this semester’s Eleanor Alexander Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Studies. The award is given each semester to an outstanding jazz studies student, and honors Eleanor Alexander Stribling, who became one the first female bank directors in the nation when she became a director at First National Bank in San Antonio in 1873. She was known as a philanthropist who was concerned with education. Her hard work and generosity made it possible for one of her great-great-grandchildren, Dr. Cheney Crow, to fund this award. Congratulations to Zach!! 🥁 🎶
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#utaustinjazz #utjazzstudies #atxjazz #award #excellence #ZachKursman #drummer

The University of Texas at Austin is proud to present saxophonist Lauren Sevian as part of our Jazz Community Seminar th...
04/21/2021

The University of Texas at Austin is proud to present saxophonist Lauren Sevian as part of our Jazz Community Seminar this Friday, April 23rd @ 3pm.
To join, please email Jeff Hellmer at:
[email protected]

Winner of the Jazz Journalists Awards Baritone Saxophonist of the Year 2020! Winner of the “Rising Star” Baritone Saxophonist in the 67th Downbeat Critics Poll! Winner of the Hothouse Jazz Awards Baritone Saxophone 2019!
Grammy award winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian is one of the most in demand musicians on the scene today. Ms. Sevian came to NYC in 1997 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, and soon thereafter began touring with groups such as Diva and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. She can be seen performing as a bandleader around the NYC area with her quartet, the LSQ, or LSAT, her quintet co-led with alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, which recently won first place in the “Made in NY” jazz competition. She is also co-director of the all female collective “Lioness™️“. As a sidewoman, she can be heard regularly with the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with countless other groups, notably the Dizzy Gillespie all star big band, Christian McBride’s Big Band, Robin Eubanks Big Band, and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. Her debut album “Blueprint” was released on saxophonist Greg Osby’s label Inner Circle Music to critical acclaim, winning a SESAC jazz award for national performance activity, and receiving rave reviews in publications such as Downbeat, Cadence, and All About Jazz. Her sophomore album, “Bliss”, was released spring 2018 on Posi-tone Records, and features all stars of the jazz scene, Alexa Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Christian McBride, and E.J. Strickland. Her versatility as a musician has led her to a variety of playing situations, working with the likes of actor Denis Leary, with Maurice Hines in the theater production of “Tappin Thru Life”, and with Harry Connick Jr. in his broadway show “A Celebration of Cole Porter”. She is a frequent guest artist at many universities, high schools, middle schools, and jazz festivals across the country. As an educator, she has been teaching privately for over 15 years; she is jazz saxophone faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center as the director of the “Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra”, instructor for the middle school jazz academy, Summer Jazz Academy at Bard College, and Jazz House Kids Summer Jazz Workshop. She has adjudicated at many jazz competitions & festivals, notably the Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festivals’ “Next Generation Jazz Festival”, the Victoria Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. Ms. Sevian endorses Buffet-Crampon saxophones, D’addario Woodwinds, RPC mouthpieces, Key Leaves, Robinson’s Remedies, and BG France accessories.
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#utaustinjazz #utjazzstudies #barisax #masterclass #BSOM #austinjazz #saxophone #communityseminar

The University of Texas at Austin is proud to present saxophonist Lauren Sevian as part of our Jazz Community Seminar this Friday, April 23rd @ 3pm.
To join, please email Jeff Hellmer at:
[email protected]

Winner of the Jazz Journalists Awards Baritone Saxophonist of the Year 2020! Winner of the “Rising Star” Baritone Saxophonist in the 67th Downbeat Critics Poll! Winner of the Hothouse Jazz Awards Baritone Saxophone 2019!
Grammy award winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian is one of the most in demand musicians on the scene today. Ms. Sevian came to NYC in 1997 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, and soon thereafter began touring with groups such as Diva and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. She can be seen performing as a bandleader around the NYC area with her quartet, the LSQ, or LSAT, her quintet co-led with alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, which recently won first place in the “Made in NY” jazz competition. She is also co-director of the all female collective “Lioness™️“. As a sidewoman, she can be heard regularly with the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with countless other groups, notably the Dizzy Gillespie all star big band, Christian McBride’s Big Band, Robin Eubanks Big Band, and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. Her debut album “Blueprint” was released on saxophonist Greg Osby’s label Inner Circle Music to critical acclaim, winning a SESAC jazz award for national performance activity, and receiving rave reviews in publications such as Downbeat, Cadence, and All About Jazz. Her sophomore album, “Bliss”, was released spring 2018 on Posi-tone Records, and features all stars of the jazz scene, Alexa Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Christian McBride, and E.J. Strickland. Her versatility as a musician has led her to a variety of playing situations, working with the likes of actor Denis Leary, with Maurice Hines in the theater production of “Tappin Thru Life”, and with Harry Connick Jr. in his broadway show “A Celebration of Cole Porter”. She is a frequent guest artist at many universities, high schools, middle schools, and jazz festivals across the country. As an educator, she has been teaching privately for over 15 years; she is jazz saxophone faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center as the director of the “Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra”, instructor for the middle school jazz academy, Summer Jazz Academy at Bard College, and Jazz House Kids Summer Jazz Workshop. She has adjudicated at many jazz competitions & festivals, notably the Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festivals’ “Next Generation Jazz Festival”, the Victoria Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. Ms. Sevian endorses Buffet-Crampon saxophones, D’addario Woodwinds, RPC mouthpieces, Key Leaves, Robinson’s Remedies, and BG France accessories.
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#utaustinjazz #utjazzstudies #barisax #masterclass #BSOM #austinjazz #saxophone #communityseminar

Tune in this Sunday, April 18th @7:30 to watch UT senior Jake Young's senior recital livestreamed @ Monks Jazz!Featuring...
04/17/2021

Tune in this Sunday, April 18th @7:30 to watch UT senior Jake Young's senior recital livestreamed @ Monks Jazz!

Featuring:
Jake Young - Drums
Chris Loveland - Double Bass
Keith Galloway Jr. - Piano & Keys
Shaan Greenberg - Guitar

You can watch this performance on the Monks Jazz Facebook and Instagram pages or at the YouTube link below:
https://youtu.be/Akl54u5_T3c?fbclid=IwAR2J0OaBClaUqYi3brjQ2luzVIcE7Q-vJ37QUln1OK-eezfDJQPZruK-JAI

Jake Young is a drummer and producer from southwestern Connecticut. Currently residing in Austin, Texas, he is finishing up his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, under the instruction of Wayne Salzmann II. During his years in college, Jake has recorded/performed with artists such as Rob Stone, Chris Ruest, Jane Paknia, The SouthSiders, and Bay Stewart, and has participated in ensembles led by Jerome Jennings, Kenny Rampton, David DeJesus, and Steve Davis. Jake has also been featured on Vic Firth’s educational video series “Inside the Teaching Studio”, where he demonstrated lessons from Wayne Salzmann’s book “Developing Melodic Language on the Drums”. Young is set to release original music under his own name in the upcoming summer.
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#Austinjazz #utaustinjazz #utjazzstudies #BSOM #jakeyoung #seniorrecital #drummer #monksjazz

Tune in this Sunday, April 18th @7:30 to watch UT senior Jake Young's senior recital livestreamed @ Monks Jazz!

Featuring:
Jake Young - Drums
Chris Loveland - Double Bass
Keith Galloway Jr. - Piano & Keys
Shaan Greenberg - Guitar

You can watch this performance on the Monks Jazz Facebook and Instagram pages or at the YouTube link below:
https://youtu.be/Akl54u5_T3c?fbclid=IwAR2J0OaBClaUqYi3brjQ2luzVIcE7Q-vJ37QUln1OK-eezfDJQPZruK-JAI

Jake Young is a drummer and producer from southwestern Connecticut. Currently residing in Austin, Texas, he is finishing up his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, under the instruction of Wayne Salzmann II. During his years in college, Jake has recorded/performed with artists such as Rob Stone, Chris Ruest, Jane Paknia, The SouthSiders, and Bay Stewart, and has participated in ensembles led by Jerome Jennings, Kenny Rampton, David DeJesus, and Steve Davis. Jake has also been featured on Vic Firth’s educational video series “Inside the Teaching Studio”, where he demonstrated lessons from Wayne Salzmann’s book “Developing Melodic Language on the Drums”. Young is set to release original music under his own name in the upcoming summer.
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#Austinjazz #utaustinjazz #utjazzstudies #BSOM #jakeyoung #seniorrecital #drummer #monksjazz

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Three UT Jazz Grads doing a thing!
Bob James is doing a Livestream this Sunday, July 19th! Tickets here: https://bit.ly/2AC2zoe
A nice shot from my performance with the University of Texas Jazz Orchestra and AIME at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
AIME performing at Montreux Jazz Festival.