The Department of Music is proud to announce a brand new holiday jazz CD produced and created by UNH alumni, current teachers, past teachers, and current students, with help from executive producer and UNH music supporter, David King.
“Swingin’ For The Holidays” was recorded at UNH and features numerous musicians, all with ties to UNH, including Dave Pietro on lead alto saxophone, a former UNH student, head of the New York University jazz department, and member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra; Nate Jorgensen on second alto, the new director of jazz studies at UNH; and Jay Daly on lead trumpet, a UNH alumnus and a highly-regarded trumpet player throughout New England.
In addition to the instrumentalists, eight different vocalists are featured on the 14-track album, all of whom are either alumni, current professors, or have been visiting guest artists through the UNH Traditional Jazz Series.
The CD was produced and recorded by Ryan Parker ’96, and all arrangements are by Steve Guerra ’97, head of the University of Miami Henry Mancini Institute, and Chris Humphrey ’87.
The CD release party is tonight Friday, December 11, 2015 at the Press Room in Portsmouth, N.H. from 8-11 p.m.