More than 140 alumni, guests and friends of the University enjoyed the annual Jazz at the DMA UT Dallas alumni reception May 27 at the Dallas Museum of Art's Seventeen Seventeen Restaurant.

The event has become an alumni favorite, with the museum's art and live jazz setting the stage for a night of networking and friendship. The Chris DeRose Trio provided jazz music for the UT Dallas reception in the main room while Dallas native Margo Rey and her band played their own brand of bossa-pop-jazz on the lawn just outside the restaurant's patio.

The Chris DeRose Trio is comprised of Chris DeRose, guitar; Chris  Clarke, bass;  and Dennis Durick, drums.
The Chris DeRose Trio, comprised of Chris DeRose, guitar; Chris Clarke, bass; and Dennis Durick, drums, entertained guests at Seventeen Seventeen.

This year's event had a unique background of soundscapes created by UT Dallas Arts and Technology graduate students and faculty for the multimedia exhibit Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea. The exhibit is scheduled to run through August 22.

This is the fourth year that the UT Dallas Office of Development and Alumni Relations has hosted this event, which provides alumni the opportunity to network and reconnect with each other, as well as to hear updates about the University.

Dr. Aaron Conley, vice president for development and alumni relations, shared news from the University, including our efforts to become a top research institution, record enrollment and millions in new construction. Throughout the event, photos of UT Dallas' landscape enhancements and new buildings played on a slideshow, giving all attendees a glimpse of the remarkable changes that UT Dallas has undergone this year.

Two guests perform the Comet Whoosh Alumni enjoying the patio, overlooking the museum's lawn

Click here to see the complete photo gallery from the 2010 Jazz at the DMA event.

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