Playing favorites

Bourgeois  |  Goldstein  |  Lias  | Arban


Deb Scott trombone

Ron Petti piano





Trombonist Deb Scott makes her PARMA debut with her new Navona release PLAYING FAVORITES, accompanied by pianist Ron Petti. She performs a variety of her favorite pieces that appeal to her background in jazz and to her considerable technical skill. She writes: “What I love about each one is its ability to engage a diverse audience making for enjoyable and exciting musical moments.”


The central piece on the album is Stephen Lias’s River Runner, written in response to a paddling trip he took with Scott through Big Bend National Park’s Santa Elena Canyon. Across the piece, Lias explores nature landscapes and the excitement of adventure, culminating in the visceral and kinetic third and final movement “Rock Slide.” The album includes many additional pieces, as well. Derek Bourgeois’ crowd-pleasing Trombone Concerto, written for Christian Lindberg, appeals to pop, jazz, and classical audiences. William Goldstein’s emotional Colloquy for Solo Trombone uses elements of jazz to explore opposing feelings of positivity and angst against a backdrop of Americana. Finally, the album closes with Variations on 'The Carnival of Venice' composed by Jean-Baptiste Arban. This arrangement by Donald Hunsberger was actually composed for trumpet and originally performed by Wynton Marsalis.




Deb Scott writes: “When I was growing up, it was unusual for a girl to play trombone; fortunately, I never thought much about that and neither did my parents.” Scott went on to become the first woman to complete her doctorate in trombone performance from the University of North Texas


Scott is currently professor of trombone at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where she is also the director of the first jazz ensemble


Ron Petti is director of accompanying at Stephen F. Austin State University, as well as director of the Master of Music degree in collaborative piano. As a pianist, he performs alongside fellow faculty members in The Alazan Trio, a group dedicated to playing piano trios by American composers





John D. Rojak

Release Date February 10, 2017

Catalog #: NV6075





Deb Scott trombone

Ron Petti piano


Derek Bourgeois

Trombone Concerto

01 Allegro

02 Adagio

03 Presto


William Goldstein

04 Colloquy for Solo Trombone


Stephen Lias

River Runner

05 Lajitas

06 The Sentinel

07 Rock Slide


Jean-Baptiste Arban

08 Variations on “The Carnival of Venice”

arr. Hunsberger





All tracks recorded May 25-June 30, 2016 at Ed and Gwen Cole Concert Hall in Nacogdoches TX


Recording Session Engineer Ryan Davis


Photography Clay Bostian


Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Alex Bourne

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Engineering Manager Lucas Paquette

Editing, Mixing & Mastering Shaun Michaud

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Design Emily Roulo

Marketing Scott Murphy



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