Archive for April 5th, 2012

Rik Pfenninger – Bustin Out

Dr. Rik Pfenninger is currently Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies and Music Technology at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Rik received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, his Master of Music degree in Woodwinds from the University of Michigan, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Temple University.

Rik’s performance background includes touring Cuba, Europe, the United States and Canada with various jazz and show groups. Pfenninger has performed with Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, the Righteous Brothers, the Supremes, the Temptations, and is a current member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. With five solo jazz recordings, recordings for the National Geographic Television Series, New Hampshire Public Television, and countless clinics and solo appearances, Pfenninger is in constant demand as a guest soloist and clinician. Rik’s groups have opened for Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, the Yellow Jackets, Joe Lovano, Gary Burton, and Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band.

Pfenninger is also an active composer and arranger writing for television commercials, documentaries, saxophone quartets, jazz ensembles, and most recently, a CD ROM project titled the Hereford Mappamundi published by the University of Michigan Press. Rik Pfenninger’s 8th solo jazz CD with Sandstorm Records is a collection of tunes written specifically for the Weather Channel. Smooth Jazz and funky groovin’ tracks make this an enjoyable listening experience.

Bustin Out is now available at CDBaby.