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 Regional Jazz Musicians to Join SRU Pianist for Sept. 28 Concert 



Sept. 7, 2006

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine: 724-738-4854;




SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Dr. Glenn Utsch, assistant professor of piano at Slippery Rock University, and four regional guest jazz musicians will offer a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in SRU’s Swope Music Hall.

The occasion is Utsch’s annual faculty piano recital. He will perform classical and jazz piano for the first half of the concert.

 Following intermission, Utsch will be joined by SRU saxophonist Terry Steele, associate professor of music; Tammi Dahl, an SRU graduate and bandleader in Pittsburgh; Bob Rawsthorne, former percussionist for PBS’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and bassist Patrick Crossley, who has recorded with Steele and the Frank Cunimondo Trio.

Utsch is in his 11th year of teaching classical and jazz piano at SRU.   He regularly performs in the Pittsburgh area and has played in New York City at various clubs.  In New York, he was also featured pianist at a party for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Lincoln Center. 

Steele performs regularly on saxophone, clarinet and flute for the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Pops, the Civic Light Opera Orchestra, the Broadway Series Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet orchestra and many national PBS telecasts.  He has served three terms of office as the Pennsylvania state president of the International Association for Jazz Educators.  He is in his 32nd year at SRU.

Dahl, singer, songwriter and SRU alumnae, has been working in Pittsburgh for the past 15 years and is bandleader of the group “Dreamscape.” She has performed with Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., James Earl Jones and Chevy Chase.

Crossley's earliest jazz roots were established at SRU 35 years ago, not as a student but as an inspired friend of Dr. Joe Rohm, former music professor of piano and jazz studies. He plays bass for the Pittsburgh-based pianist Frank Cunimondo. He also spent six years in Nashville, where he recorded with Dash Crofts (formerly of Seals and Crofts).

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