Oswego Jazz Project, students working on CD release party

jazz jamThe Oswego Jazz Project, a SUNY Oswego faculty-student combo, is teaming up with a music class for a CD release party Wednesday, March 14, at King Arthur’s Steakhouse in downtown Oswego.

The Oswego’s Jazz Project’s self-titled disc features music faculty members Robert Auler on keyboards, Trevor Jorgensen on saxophone and Eric Schmitz on drums along with SUNY Oswego senior Max McKee, a music and psychology major, playing bass.

The album features five jazz standards and four original compositions by Schmitz.

The Music 397: “Business of Music” class is organizing the admission-free CD release party, which includes a live performance, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at King Arthur’s, on the corner of West First and Bridge streets. The students are also creating posters, doing promotion and arranging for additional CD distribution outlets.

In addition, two students in the class—Brett Walts and Mike Fadel—served as engineers on the project, recording the disc in the Tyler Hall studio.

“It’s really taking the students out of the classroom to experience firsthand the business of music,” said Dan Wood, who along with Auler teaches the class. “They have really responded and are coming up with great ideas.”

For more information, contact the music department at 312-2130.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Readying for release—The Oswego Jazz Project will have a CD release party for its self-titled album from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at King Arthur’s Steakhouse in downtown Oswego. The SUNY Oswego combo features, from left, music faculty member Eric Schmitz on drums, senior Max McKee on bass, and music faculty members Robert Auler on keyboards and Trevor Jorgensen on saxophone.

(Posted: Mar 05, 2007)

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