Sense of Place: How did Denton, Texas, become an unlikely jazz mecca?

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WASHINGTON (NPR) – When you think of cities that are connected to the legacy of jazz, you probably don’t think of Denton, Texas. On this episode of Sense of Place: Denton, Texas, we’re heading to the University of North Texas, home to the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band, the student jazz ensemble that’s been nominated for seven Grammys. We’re attending a rehearsal and talking with the band’s director, Alan Baylock, to find out how Denton became an unlikely jazz mecca. Plus, we’ll learn from some of the students what it takes to make the cut.

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University of North Texas, One O'Clock Lab Band sitting in bleachers in a room.
University of North Texas, One O’Clock Lab Band [Stephen Kallao/WXPN]