Kelly Durbin & Friends Concert

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Erik Jonsson Academic Center (JO)
Season: 2016-2017

Kelly Durbin, a UT Dallas faculty member and jazz pianist, brings together local musicians to delight both jazz connoisseurs and casual listeners alike. The concert will include drummer Steve Barnes, bassist Lou Harless and singers Jennifer Barnes and Rosana Eckert. Buy tickets now. Bios: Jennifer Barnes is a highly sought-after vocalist, educator, clinician and arranger throughout the U.S. and Canada, having relocated in 2011 from Los Angeles to accept a position as the Director of Vocal Jazz Studies here at the University of North Texas. She is an active vocalist in both studio and live performance settings, having appeared and sung on radio and television advertisements including Chili’s Restaurant, Epson, Old El Paso, and McDonalds, and on films including “Wall-E”, “Live Free Or Die Hard”, “Ice Age 2 & 3”, “Enchanted”, “Star Trek” and the FOX t.v. hit "Glee". Ms. Barnes has recorded her own solo jazz CD, “You Taught My Heart” (available on iTunes and She is the alto vocalist a vocal arranger in the vocal quartet Vertical Voices Live ( alongside Kerry Marsh, Julia Dollison and Greg Jasperse, and they maintain an active performance and tour schedule in the U.S. and Canada. As an educator, Ms. Barnes has directed downBeat [magazine] award-winning Vocal Jazz Ensembles and taught privately at seven universities, has served as a guest conductor for District and All-State Music Festivals in twelve states, has taught jazz vocals at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps since 1998, and her numerous vocal arrangements are published by both Sound Music Publications ( and UNC Jazz Press ( Ms. Barnes is a member of the American Society of Composers, Arrangers and Publishers (ASCAP), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the Jazz Education Network (JEN). She earned the Master of Music degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance from the University of Miami (FL) and the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Western Michigan University. Rosana Eckert is a musician who wears many hats. She is internationally recognized as a live and studio vocalist, published songwriter and arranger, voice-over actor, and master teacher of jazz and voice. As a vocal artist, she has had the pleasure of performing with such jazz greats as Lyle Mays, Kenny Wheeler, George Duke, Jon Faddis, and Bobby McFerrin, and she is the go-to sub on both the soprano and alto parts in the Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet New York Voices. Rosana has recorded four solo CDs of her original songs and jazz arrangements, and she performs regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad. A renowned educator, Rosana is Senior Lecturer of jazz voice at the University of North Texas. She serves on the faculty of the UNT Vocal Jazz Summer Workshop, and she is in demand as a clinician, festival adjudicator, guest conductor, and choral composer/arranger. Her many published vocal ensemble arrangements have been performed worldwide. A highly respected improviser, Rosana is a featured artist on the vocal improvisation app Scatability by Michele Weir, and most recently, she is the female vocalist on the demo CD for Darmon Meader’s groundbreaking new book titled, “Jazz Improvisation: Instrumental Exercises and Etudes for Vocalists,” due for release in September 2016. In addition to her extensive live performing, writing, and teaching, Rosana works regularly as a studio vocalist, producer, and voice-over actor, having worked on hundreds of commercials, album projects, publishing demos, and radio IDs heard around the world.
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