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SRU JAZZ ENSEMBLE TO RELEASE NEW CD
‘BACK TO THE STATES’ AT CONCERT
ROCK, Pa. – Following its successful, two-week spring tour of
Europe, the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble will release a
10-track CD featuring selections presented in Paris, France, and
Saluzzo, Lucca and Cesena, Italy, as part of its “Back to the
States” concert set for 8 p.m. Oct. 16.
free concert, under the direction of Stephen Hawk, associate
professor of music, will be staged in Swope Music Hall. The
ensembles newest CD titled “Jazz at the Rock, Back to the
States” will be available ($12) in the lobby. The CD, on the
Disc Makers label, features “Groove Blues” by Don
Menza, “Sing, Sang, Sung” by Gordon Goodwin and
“Party Hearty” by Bob Florence, among others.
17-member ensemble traveled to Europe last May where it performed
at EuroDisney and Luxembourg Gardens in Paris before playing its
way through Italy. “It was a remarkable and educational
trip,” explains Hawk, noting that festivals in two Italian
cities were set up to help celebrate the visit. “In addition
to performing, our students had the opportunity to visit with the
people of Paris and make friends in Italy while sharing a musical
camaraderie.” The students also had the opportunity to tour
Florence and Ravenna, Italy, as part of their visit.
on-campus concert will include two tracks from the CD, “Blue
Highways,” by Paul Ferguson and “Samba del
Gringo” by Gordon Goodwin, and premiere an original
composition titled “IXXI” written and arranged by Hawk
and dedicated to the emotions of the day of 9/11/01. Hawk describes
the work as a way of showing his personal emotions as 9/11
unfolded. The concert will also include “Brush Taps,
featuring drummer Pat Kennedy of Butler, “Bone
Appetit,” by Robert Curnow, featuring the trombone section,
and “Between Races” by Chuck Mangione, featuring
Mick Minamyer of New Springfield, Ohio, on trumpet, and Pat
Schirf of Altoona on tenor saxophone.
recorded the CD in a two-day marathon session, which I am sure
students will long remember. The performances in Europe allowed us
to be especially well prepared for the recording, and I think
listeners will enjoy the selections. This is our second effort at
producing a CD, and we are pleased that our first effort was so
well received,” Hawk explains.
the new CD, the ensemble’s first CD, released in 2000, will
be available at the SRU Bookstore and from Curtain Call at the
Pittsburgh Symphony Store in Pittsburgh.
jazz ensemble took nine “Outstanding Soloist” citations
at the 1999 University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival.
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