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SRU JAZZ COMBO TO RECREATE JOHN COLTRANE'S
‘BLUE TRAIN’ ON OCT. 20
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Student musicians in one
of Slippery Rock University’s jazz combos will recreate famed
jazz artist John Coltrane’s “Blue Train” album
when they perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 in Swope Music
"The students developed this idea over the summer," says Terry
Steele, combo director and associate professor of music at SRU.
"They wanted to recreate the entire album as a live performance."
During the concert, the students will discuss the
“Blue Train” album, led by the legendary jazz man John
Coltrane, was recorded in 1957 featuring six great jazz musicians
recording five songs. The SRU students have studied the recording
to recreate its details for their live performance.
is a very important process in the development of jazz language"
says Steele. "The great jazz musicians have always learned to play
by listening to recordings, then taking the ideas into the practice
room. Eventually, the ideas distill into their own style, developed
through jam sessions and performances. Our students are tapping the
combo features Jason Kush of Johnstown on tenor sax, (playing
Coltrane's role); Will Weltman of New Castle on trumpet; Clayton
DeWalt of Grove City on trombone; Marcus Kaiser of Bremen, Germany,
on piano; Vince Gorman of Coraopolis on bass; and Pat Kennedy of
Butler on drums.
Admission is free for
students and children; $3 for
PN, PgN, PR