FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2007
Contact: K.E. Schwab -- 724-738-2199
SRU music professor featured on Grammy-winning
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For Slippery Rock University's
Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music, watching the Grammy
Awards each February is a habit. Finding his work honored with the
prestigious award humbling.
Hawk's work can be heard as lead trumpet in the big band performing
with Nancy Wilson on her award-winning "Turned to Blue" CD honored
at this year's Grammy Awards. Wilson won in the "Best Vocal Jazz
member of the SRU music faculty since 1989, Hawk said, "It is
always gratifying to have your work honored by others in the
profession. It is exciting to watch, feeling hopeful that Nancy
Wilson's will be selected for the Grammy."
Others nominated in the category this year were "Footprints,"
featuring Karrin Allyson, "Easy To Love," Roberta Gambarini, "Live
at Jazz Standard with Fred Hersch," Nancy King, and "From This
Moment On," Diana Krall.
Hawk also played on Wilson's "R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal"
CD honored in the same category in 2005.
Best known for his trumpet work on campus, Hawk plays with various
Pittsburgh jazz groups, including the MCG Jazz All-stars, the Three
Rivers Jazz Orchestra, which he co-founded, as well as playing
principal trumpet with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Orchestra
and the Pittsburgh Broadway Series Orchestra.
Wilson's CDs were released on the MCG Jazz label and were recorded
at Pittsburgh's Manchester Craftsmens Guild. Her CDs are available
at the SRU SGA Bookstore and from other major CD outlets.
Hawk has two solo CDs also available.
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