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Rick Lawn

Richard (Rick) Lawn is the former, now retired Dean of the College of Performing Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (uarts.edu) where he now holds a professorship in the School of Music. He was the Founding Director of Jazz Studies, Chair of the Department of Music, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the Texas faculty Rick was Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. Rick holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music where his principal teachers were Rayburn Wright, Bill Dobbins, Chuck Mangione and William Osseck. Grants from the National Endowment of the Arts have supported his work as a composer, and as a member of the {{Nova Saxophone Quartet}} he has recorded on the Musical Heritage Society, Crystal and Equilibrium labels

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Pianist Helen Sung with Vocalist Charenee Wade at South Jazz Kitchen

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Pianist Helen Sung with Vocalist Charenee Wade South Jazz Kitchen Philadelphia, PA December 14, 2019 On this occasion at the South Jazz Kitchen in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, Helen Sung, a pianist who is an established contributor to the New York and international jazz scenes, brought ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

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From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

The University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Monterey, Here We Come!

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UArts “Z" Big Band Reception and Kickoff Concert Kaplan Auditorium University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA September 7, 2017 They were underdogs, but they gave it their best shot. Then they shocked themselves and everyone else by tying for first place with the UNLV ...

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Rick Lawn's Power of Ten at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Power of Ten Rick Lawn, Musical Director Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA February 4, 2014 The Power of Ten is a cracker-jack ensemble of some of the best Philadelphia-based musicians. Powered by its founder and leader, Rick Lawn, their first and only CD, Earth Tones (Self-produced, ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

What's Wrong With Today's Live Jazz

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What's wrong with today's live jazz scene? There has been a great deal of whining about the climate for live jazz these days. The complaints are sometimes accompanied by speculation about why jazz seems to have slipped off the radar, particularly in many major cities such as jny: Philadelphia. The complaints, however, are often ...

Rick Lawn’s Power of Ten Little Big Band: Earth Tones

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: Never Too Late; Sigh of the Soul; Hopscotch; Quiet Please; Tapestry; Ease It; With a Little Help; Retrospect; No Regrets; Earth Tones.

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Rick Lawn’s Power of Ten Little Big Band: Earth Tones

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Rick Lawn's Power of Ten Little Big BandEarth TonesSelf Produced2011The “little" big band format, an ensemble that may range from seven to 11 instrumentalists, gives the leader/arranger/composer--in this case the multi-faceted reed player Rick Lawn--a chance to finely craft the music and bring in players who are equally ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Experiencing Jazz

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Experiencing JazzRichard J. LawnMcGraw-HillISBN: 00724517932007Newly published, Experiencing Jazz, by Richard J. Lawn, is a multimedia textbook with an accompanying CD-ROM, an online learning center for students and instructors, and an optional CD containing complete music tracks. The book covers all aspects of jazz from its inception ...


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