Each year UTM Music has a variety of performances and events open to the public. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UTM Music has had to remix how offerings are made available to patrons.
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(UT Martin Class of 1982)
The Ed Sargent Guest Artist Series is named in recognition of UTM alumnus Ed Sargent. Sargent is a Grammy-nominated producer, and for 25 years was tour manager for jazz trumpet great, Maynard Ferguson.
Ed joined the ranks of the Queen of Rock and Roll, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as Tour Manager in the Fall of 2007 and continues to this day. Under the Blackhearts umbrella of touring, Ed has toured with artists such as Aerosmith, Boston, Greenday, The Who, Foo Fighters, Styx, Heart, Cheap Trick, Cyndi Lauper, Def Leppard and others.. In his early jazz days, Sargent worked not only with Ferguson but a variety of Jazz artists, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Dizzy Gillespie, Marlena Shaw, Billy Eckstein and Dianne Schuur. As a producer, Sargent along with Stockton Helbing produced Ferguson's last recording "The One And Only Maynard Ferguson" from which the Steve Wiest arrangement of "Besame Mucho" was a Grammy Nominated bid.
In a variety of production capacities, Executive Producer and Producer, Sargent executed Fergusonâ?Ts last 10 projects, including recording projects with Concord Records and Michael Feinstein, video and recording projects with Dianne Schuur.
In the Maynard Ferguson Presents series, Ed also co-produced recording projects with Carl Fischer, long time trumpeter with Billy Joel, French Pianist Christian Jacob, Pittsburg icon trombonist Reggie Watkins and alongside Tim Ries, veteran saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, on the acclaimed double CD project "Stones World".
In 2000/2001, Ed took a hiatus from touring to become the President of Johnny Rabb Drumstick Company. The company was internationally recognized as one of the fastest-growing music companies in the world, won numerous awards and Most Innovative Sticks from Drum Magazine 2000. johnnyraBB Drumsticks specialized in the manufacturing of innovative drumsticks and mallets, developed through the integration of nature, science and creativity. johnnyraBB Drumsticks was the only drumstick company in the world to maintain complete quality control from standing timber to the final product. After negotiating the sale of johnnyraBB drumsticks Co.to DW Drums in Dec. 2001 Ed returned to touring life with the Ferguson band until 2006, when Maynard Ferguson passed.
Sargent's long musical career came as a direct link from the UTM "Guest Concert Series" when Stan Mark, Lead Trumpeter for Ferguson made a guest appearance with the UTM jazz and concert band in 1980, Ed was the Student liaison for Mr. Mark. This association has forever ingrained a desire to nurture performers from all walks of the arts to come to UTM. Outside of touring, Sargent is dedicated to supporting artists and mentoring young musicians through masterclasses and production workshops.