PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University School of Music has launched a digital recording label, WSU Recordings. The first release is the album “Zoot Suit, featuring the award winning WSU Jazz Big Band directed by Greg Yasinitsky and Frederick “Dave Snider.
The album is available on iTunes here. It also will be available on the streaming Rhapsody service. CDs may be purchased in the School of Music or by email at email@example.com.
“Zoot Suit includes recordings made between spring 2009 and 2011.
Guest trombonist Matt Finders, formerly with the Tonight Show Band, is featured on his composition, “Terilyns Dance, arranged by Yasinitsky. Also included are Yasinitsky compositions, “Zoot Suit and “Saratoga, and his arrangements of Billy Strayhorns “Chelsea Bridge and Sam Jones “Unit 7.
WSU alumnus Brent Edstrom contributed arrangements of “Down By the Riverside and “Ive Got Rhythm? – his take on the George Gershwin classic.
Compositions by band members are showcased, including “The Monkey King by Patrick Sheng and “Ozone by Stan Sabourin. Carroll College faculty member Lynn Petersen contributed “Three Way Stop and Los Angeles composer Bill Liston penned “Tri-Bop.
Future releases will include peer reviewed albums by WSU faculty, including debut recordings by the faculty jazz quartet “Nighthawk and the Hagelganz/Ward duo.