Basie, Blues, and Brownies With NSU Jazz and United Way

Dr. Arthur White conducts a recording session with Grammy winning artist Robin Eubanks for the new CD from the NSU Jazz Ensemble.

Dr. Arthur White conducts a recording session with Grammy winning artist Robin Eubanks for the new CD from the NSU Jazz Ensemble.

BROKEN ARROW – The Northeastern State University Jazz Studies Program will celebrate the release of the fourth CD by the NSU Jazz Ensemble, “Global Citizen,” and with “Basie, Blues, and Brownies,” a concert on the NSU-Broken Arrow campus. The concert is Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., at the Building A Banquet Hall. Admission is $3, with proceeds from the gate going to the NSUBA-United Way fundraising drive.

We are equally excited about helping NSUBA’s United Way drive as we are about the release of our new CD,” said Dr. Arthur White, NSU director of Jazz Studies. “It’s important to find a way to give back to your community, and we’re glad to assist NSUBA in this endeavor.

The new CD is a departure from the normal format, as it features new arrangements of the music of a single composer, trombonist Robin Eubanks. Widely considered as the premier jazz trombonist of his generation, Eubanks is a Grammy winner who tours with his own bands EB3 and Mental Images, as a member of the critically acclaimed Dave Holland Quintet and Big Band, and as a member of the SFJazz Collective. Eubanks has recorded several CDs as a leader and numerous projects with the Dave Holland groups, in addition to recordings with JJ Johnson, Michael Brecker, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Branford Marsalis, and numerous others.

The album features the NSU Jazz Ensemble, the flagship ensemble of the NSU Jazz Studies Program. The album debuts brand new arrangements written by White and NSU jazz alum Bradley Spears.

We’re excited to have the NSU Jazz Ensemble back on the BA campus, and are very excited for the Broken Arrow community to hear this wonderful band. It will be an excellent to cap off our fundraising drive for the United Way,” said Dr. Ed Huckeby, NSUBA vice president for Academic Affairs.

White thinks this new album is going to turn many heads and create new fans of NSU Jazz.

Robin really made the recording process special for all of us. I think the CD is the band’s best work yet. Every year, they really rise to the occasion,” said White. “We are very excited for the Broken Arrow community to hear this terrific band.

Globan Citizen is available online at www.cdbaby.com, or at the NSU Jazz Lab, Tahlequah, and will be available for purchase at the concert. All proceeds from the sale of the record will support NSU Jazz Studies. For more information on the CD or concert, contact Dr. Arthur White at (918) 444-4602.

10/1/2008

 
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