In January the UNO Jazz Combo under the direction of Darren Pettit performed at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) International Conference in New Orleans. The group was selected through an internationally competitive recorded audition process. It was the first time EVER that a UNO group was selected for this honor!
Part of their performance was a world premiere of a piece that JEN commissioned. JEN’s commission initiative provides JEN members with free music for download. The commission aspect of JEN receives a prominent place on their website and includes videos of the premier performances. For all of July and August the UNO Jazz Combo will be up on the JEN website in a prominent place with a link to the video of their New Orleans performance! You can view the video of the UNO Combo performing the world premier of “Sweet Emma B” by Dee Spencer here: http://jazzednet.org/charts/