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New recording features WSU jazz faculty

New jazz release
PULLMAN, Wash. – “9:00 am,” a recording featuring Washington State University jazz faculty members Brian Ward, piano, and Dave Hagelganz, tenor saxophone, was recently released on the peer-reviewed WSU Recordings label.
It is available on iTunes, Amazon mp3, Amazon On Demand, Spotify, Rhapsody and other websites. Compact discs are available from the WSU School of Music.
The recording features duo performances of beloved songs from the “Great American Songbook,” including Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark,” Jimmy Van Huesen and Johnny Burke’s “It Could Happen To You” and jazz standards like Woody Shaw’s “Theme for Maxine” and Sam Rivers’ “Beatrice.” The recording is entitled “9:00 am” because that is the time the duo rehearsed.
Pianist Ward has played with many of the top figures in jazz and collaborated on the Grammy award-winning arrangement of “City of Roses” on Esperanza Spalding’s latest CD. DownBeat magazine award-winning saxophonist Hagelganz has performed with Mal Waldron, David Friesen, Art Blakey and many others.
“I am proud that WSU Recordings has released this excellent recording featuring terrific performances by Brian and Dave, two of the country’s finest jazz players,” said Greg Yasinitsky, director of the WSU School of Music and executive producer of the recording.