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Sept. 21, 2012
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

SRU Jazz Sextet releases CD

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Jazz Sextet will present a CD Release Concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Smith Student Center Theater. It is the first music concert in the newly opened theater.

Three SRU graduates and three current students who comprise the group will perform all of the selections on "Jump Start," a CD of modern jazz songs they wrote and recorded.

Each member of the group wrote one song for the CD, which they recorded in May at Data Music Services in Altoona. The May music graduates are tenor saxophonist Brady Amerson, from Butler; acoustic bassist Kyle McCoy, of Pittsburgh; and pianist and finance graduate Doug Finley, of Allison Park. Current students include alto saxophonist Paul Rapport, a music education major from Lockport, N.Y.; trumpet player Nathan Insko, a music education major from Apollo; and drummer Jonathon Mills, a music performance major from Greensburg.

The title is derived from the notion that the CD will "jump-start" their careers as musicians, said Jason Kush, SRU music instructor.

"This project embodies all that we're preparing the students for in the jazz performance area," he said. "They took the project form the beginning and thought of the composition, the arrangement and have given it countless hours of rehearsal. It was a team effort."

The songs are six to 10 minutes with extended improvisation. The CD will be on sale after the concert and is available at the SGA Bookstore.

The suggested admission is $3 for students and $5 for the general public.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.