Hillsdale College Faculty Jazz Ensemble Releases New Album

Hillsdale College Faculty Jazz Ensemble Releases New Album

The Hillcats partner with vocalist Gianna Marchese for CD release concert featuring new music

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On Friday, September 8, The Hillcats, Hillsdale College’s faculty jazz ensemble, will perform a concert featuring music from the group’s new record “Lean On It.” Directed by music department faculty member Chris McCourry, The Hillcats are joined by jazz vocalist Gianna Marchese.

Immediately following the concert, attendees are invited to a jazz afterglow reception in the McNamara Rehearsal Hall of the Howard Music Building. The reception will feature music from student jazz combo Rob Roy. The Hillcats’ album “Lean On It” will be available for purchase at a special discount. The concert is free and no advance registration is required. Those interested in more information about the event, should email sageboxoffice@hillsdale.edu or call (517) 607-2848. 


Friday, September 8, 2017
8 p.m. EDT // Reception to immediately follow concert


Hillsdale College
Sage Center for the Arts, Markel Auditorium
81 East College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242


The Hillcats are Hillsdale College’s faculty jazz ensemble, directed by Chris McCourry, director of jazz ensembles and trumpet instructor at Hillsdale College. The group’s latest album “Lean On It,” a collection of original arrangements of American classics like Sammy Fain’s “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “You Go To My Head” from J. Fred Coots. The ensemble features Gianna Marchese on vocals, Chris McCourry on trumpet, Jon Gerwitz on saxophone, Arlene McDaniel on piano, Hank Horton on bass and Larry Ochiltree on drums.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an educational outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 3.4 million.

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Emily Stack Davis
517-607-2726 (work)
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