School of Music Presents Guests at Jazz Recital

Jan. 21, 2010

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Pianist Dan Cavanagh and Yamaha Performing Artist Dave Hagedorn will present a guest jazz recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building on the Baylor campus.

Cavanagh is assistant director of jazz studies and assistant professor of music at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he directs the jazz ensemble and teaches jazz composition. Hagedorn is assistant professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where he teaches percussion, jazz studies and world music.

"The students should expect some pretty creative and lively musical conversation between the piano and vibraphone," Cavanagh said.

The artists will be performing selections from Cavanagh's upcoming CD, Pulse, and other pieces by prominent jazz figures. They have also arranged a few jazz standards in a new and non-standard way.

"Improvisation is at the heart of what we are doing, so an exciting component to our concerts is that things can change and turn out differently each and every time," Cavanagh said.

Cavanagh is an honorary fellow of the National Academy of Music in Greece and was named a prize winner in the 2009 International Music Prizes for Excellence in Composition. He was awarded a 2006 First Music Commission from the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band Classic program. He was a featured performer at the 2006 International Jazz Composers' Symposium. He also works as a freelance jazz pianist and composer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is active as a clinician and adjudicator.

Hagedorn recorded two albums with the George Russell Living Time Orchestra on Blue Note Recordings. He played vibes and marimba on Twin Cities jazz singer Debbie Duncan's album, It Must be Christmas, on Igmod Recordings. In 1984, he received an honorable mention award from DownBeat magazine for a performance with alto saxophonist Nelson Rangell.

The recital is free and open to the public. Glennis McCrary Music Building is located at 110 Bagby Ave. in Waco, Texas.

For more information, contact Alex Parker (254) 710-3571.

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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