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Jazz Ensemble announces
Oct. 14 CD release

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Stephen Hawk, professor of music, will host a CD-release concert Oct. 14, featuring selections from its new CD "Marking Our Territory."

The concert is part of the SRU music department's four-part "Jazz Month at the Rock" series. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in Swope Music Hall.

"This is the fifth CD produced by the jazz ensemble since we released our first CD in 2000," Hawk said.

"We chose the title based on our success at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival outside Chicago in 2009," Hawk said. The CD's cover features Chicago's skyline.

SRU music students earned nine outstanding individual awards and received the Outstanding Combo Award at the festival.

The CD, recorded in Miller Auditorium by Mifflin Hills Music, also features works the ensemble played while on tour in New York City earlier this year.

The 19-member ensemble is joined by David Glover, associate professor of music at SRU, on drums, and Jason Kush, SRU instructor of music, on saxophone. In addition to a number of jazz standards, the new CD features an original work by Mike Tomaro, director of jazz studies at Duquesne University, titled "Continuum" and includes Dizzy Gllespie's "A Night in Tunisia," Rob McConnell's arrangement of "Just Friends," and Herbie Hancock's "Eye of the Hurricane."

"We really think it is important for students to get the experience of recording a CD as part of their studies. By doing a CD every few years it gives everyone the opportunity to be recorded before they graduate, Hawk said.

SRU's telephone system makes use of the jazz ensemble's and the SRU Flute Ensemble's CDs when callers are placed on hold. The latest jazz CD will be included on the system following the release party.

SRU students on the CD are Jake McKinney, Amy Mikalauskas, Brandy Amerson, Sean Murphy and Ross Marshall, on saxophone; Dave Wingenbach, Aaron Sattfly, Garrett Faccone, Samantha Rappolt and Jason Zeh, on trumpet; Mark Dressler, Ethan Willis, Kevin Jackson and Josh Betz, on trombone; and Doug Finley, Jon Pincek, Derek Stoltenberg, John Anthony and Tim Nwrandski, in the rhythm section

The eight-selection release will be on sale at the concert for $12. It and the ensemble's previously recorded CD are available at the SGA Bookstore in the University Union.

The ensemble's previous CD are "Crossing Borders," marking the group's 2006 European tour; "Arrivals and Departures," recorded in 2004; "Back to the States," marking the group's 2002 European tour; and "Jazz at the Rock," the ensemble's first CD, recorded in 2000.

Other concerts in the monthlong series are: Nathan Douds Ensemble, Oct. 5; Odd Man Out, featuring Glover, Oct. 25; and the SRU Faculty Jazz Quartet, with saxophonist Gary Keller, Oct. 28.

Concert admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for SRU students.