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CD features original compositions

Friday, November 14, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator Dan Cavanagh, assistant director of jazz studies and assistant professor of music at The University of Texas at Arlington, has released a new CD. The disc, "Pulse," features his original compositions played by "Dan Cavanagh's Jazz Emporium Big Band." Included with the professional saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section players are UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra director Tim Ishii, Jim Yakas, the director of marching percussion, and faculty members Brian Mulholland and Ken Edwards. Micah Hayes, visiting assistant professor of music media and business, mixed and co-produced the album.

The CD was released by OA2 Records and is available on their Web site, at and many retail outlets throughout America.

Cavanagh has garnered numerous awards for his compositions, including a First Music Commission from the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band Classic program and Finalist in the 2005 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers competition. His music is performed across the country and internationally, and he has received commissions from a wide range of groups, from professional big bands to junior high jazz ensembles. He also performs with and writes for Seven Minus, a sextet based in Eugene, Ore.

Cavanagh received a master of music degree in jazz studies from the University of Oregon, and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Jazz Studies award upon graduation. He received his undergraduate degree in Theory/Composition from St. Olaf College.


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