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 SRU Jazz Ensemble to Spotlight Release of Jazz Trumpeter, Faculty Member Stephen Hawk 

 

SPOTLIGHT

1/31/2006

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU JAZZ ENSEMBLE EVENT TO SPOTLIGHT RELEASE OF CD

FEATURING SRU JAZZ TRUMPETER, FACULTY MEMBER DR. STEPHEN HAWK

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “This particular recording is off the scale for the standard of arrangements, the technical brilliance of the musicians and in particular the fabulous brass section,” reads an Internet review from the British media of “Reunion,” the latest CD issued by Slippery Rock University’s Dr. Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music, and co-leader Charlie Richard. The Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra CD goes public when the SRU Jazz Ensemble performs selections at 4 p.m. Feb. 12.

       The CD release party will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the University Union. Tickets are $3 for general public; free for students.

      The SRU Jazz Ensemble will be joined by Richard, an award-winning composer honored by Downbeat Magazine in the Outstanding Jazz Composition category, and jazz educator in Los Angeles, on his first visit to campus to offer selections from the CD. The newest CD is the orchestra’s second: The first is “The Hawk’s Out,” featuring Hawk on trumpet Richard on alto saxophone. The pair met in graduate school when both musicians were studying at the University of Texas. The CDs were produced on the SeaBreeze label based in Pismo Beach, Calif.

     The Internet review (available in its entirety at: http://www.btinternet.com/~j.r.killoch/hawk.htm) goes on to say, “Their sound is universally big, accurate and deceptively stratospheric... It is thrilling to hear the individual solos and the ensemble crowned by such excellence. The writing demands a lot off a brilliant saxophone section too, so absorbed will you be in the writing that you will have to listen again to realize the technical excellence of this section…I have seldom heard an arrangement that produces so many challenges, in such a musical setting that lift a band's performance to such heights. I cannot recommend this CD enough.”

       The 10-selection CD will be available at the concert, at the SRU Bookstore located in the University Union and or online at www.amazon.com  Selections on the recording include “My Funny Valentine,” “September Song” and a three-part “Suite for Jazz Orchestra and Alto Saxophone” written by Richard. Also included is “Ground Zero,” an original composition written by Hawk depicting events of 9-11.

     In addition to his university work, Hawk directs and performs as the lad trumpeter with the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, composed of the best jazz musicians in the Pittsburgh area. The orchestra will accompany the SRU dance department for an 8 p.m. Feb. 24 concert in Butler County Community College’s Succop Theater. Tickets to BC3 event are $12, general admission; $7, students with ID and may be ordered by calling 724-248-8505 or 888-826-2829, Ext. 8429.

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