VCU Jazz CD
The Jazz Studies Program released its most recent recording , “Front Burner,” in 2012, featuring:
- VCU Jazz Orchestra I, directed by Antonio García
- VCU Small Jazz Ensemble
- VCU Faculty Jazz Septet
- Guest jazz artists John Riley (drums), Taylor Barnett and Graham Breedlove (trumpet)
Of VCU Jazz's seven recordings in the last 30 years, this is the only the second that was recorded entirely live before an audience and without a single overdub or intercut. There was no going back, no retakes, no extra opportunities — this is who we are and how we perform.
This CD is humbly dedicated to Sammy Nestico — an unparalleled composer and arranger, friend to jazz education and friend to all he meets. Although this CD includes only one of his works, his music is present in any semester of VCU Jazz concerts.
“Some of the best jazz instructors in the state reside at Virginia Commonwealth University. … This [VCU Jazz CD] is a great introduction to some of the city’s talent; many of the people you’ll find in the smattering of smoky live jazz venues around town.”
— Style Weekly
- Second Race
- Blood Count
- Front Burner
- No Waddi (Is it Far?)
- Armando's Big Band
- Swingin' for the Fences
- Some Graffiti on the A Train
“Front Burner” is available by mail-order at www.cdbaby.com/cd/vcujazzstudies. Local concert-goers may also choose to preorder it for their personal pickup at a VCU Music concert (no mail delivery) at www.showclix.com/event/frontburner. You can also purchase our previous CD, “A Joyful Noise.”
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