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Award winning jazz
‘Zoot Suit’ first CD released by WSU Recordings
Friday, Apr. 13, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest trombonist Matt Finders, formerly with the Tonight Show Band, is featured on his composition, "Terilyn’s Dance,” arranged by Yasinitsky. Also included are Yasinitsky compositions, "Zoot Suit” and "Saratoga,” and his arrangements of Billy Strayhorn’s "Chelsea Bridge” and Sam Jones’ "Unit 7.”
WSU alumnus Brent Edstrom contributed arrangements of "Down By the Riverside” and "I’ve 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.