Jazz Band's Album Cracks Top 50 Music Chart

An album by a group of University of Northern Colorado musicians cracked the top 50 on last week's U.S. national jazz radio airplay chart.

The album, titled "Back When It Was Fun," was recorded on campus by the group 7 ON 7. Members include UNC jazz faculty Erik Applegate on bass, Dana Landry, piano; Jim White, drums; and Steve Kovalcheck, guitar. Rounding out the group are Paul McKee, trombone; Clay Jenkins, trumpet and Don Aliquo on saxophone. McKee, Jenkins and Aliquo are frequent UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival after-hours performers.

The UNC members of the group, also known as UNC faculty jazz quartet, is celebrating with a live performance on KUVO at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Click here for details on tuning in.

Album notes describe 7 on 7 as "seven friends who have been performing together for years, and have toured the world playing with some of the biggest names in jazz & pop music. The music they make together has a classic quality that comes from seasoned musicians that have developed confidence in what they play. It's modern mainstream acoustic jazz that is lively and engaging - with the focus on strong melodies and infectious grooves that will have you singing along and tapping your feet." Independent online music store cdbaby says, "The music is soulful, grooving, and fun."

"Back When It Was Fun" was recorded in the UNC recording studio under the direction of UNC sound engineer Greg Heimbecker. The album was released in December.

To sample the music, or purchase the album, visit http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/7on7