October 28, 2010 (FAYETTEVILLE, NC) Jazz composer Marc Hoffman and his new, all-original CD Curioso have captured the attention DJ Dionne Maldonado, the radio host for the show "Cool Ambiance," on NPR station WFSS (91.9 FM) at Fayetteville State University. Maldonado, also known as "The Jazz Lady," is spinning tracks from the CD during her show, which airs Saturdays from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. "I loved this CD," Maldonado said. "Every track! I’m overjoyed to include Curioso and to front sell Marc as one of North Carolina’s artists to look out for in 2011. He’s right up there with Tom Grant." To support the airtime, Hoffman recorded liners a phrase or sentence that introduces a CD or individual song and public service announcements that Maldonado is using during the station’s fall membership drive. "I worked in radio as a teenager," Hoffman said, "so it was really fun to do this sort of thing again." Released by Virillion Music in August, Curioso is a compilation of various jazz tunes Hoffman wrote over two years, representing as many styles of jazz as there are tracks on the CD. His inspirations for various tracks range from Neal Hetfi to David Benoit and Jean Luc Ponty. The first airtime Curioso received was on WWOZ in New Orleans. The CD is available on iTunes, Amazon.com and CDBaby. For more information on Curioso and Marc Hoffman, visit www.marchoffman.com. For more information on WFSS 91.9 FM, NPR News & Jazz, go to www.wfss.org. <P>
About Marc Hoffman: Curioso is Marc Hoffman’s third CD, following Long Way Home, which features piano music that blends jazz, easy listening and Hoffman’s unique style of composition and performance; and his jazz-flavored Christmas Time collection of original tunes and new arrangements of traditional seasonal standards. A composer, pianist and vocalist, Hoffman received his degree in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts and studied film composition at USC. He also attended The Dartington International Summer School of Music in Devon, England. His composition teachers have included John Corigliano, Leo Arnaud, Neil Hefti, and Sherwood Shafffer. A member of BMI and the American Composer's Forum, he is also founder and artistic director of the Salisbury School of Music. He lives in Salisbury with is wife, Anne, and their daughter August. For more information Marc Hoffman and his work, visit www.marchoffman.com and www.myspace.com/marchoffman. He is also available on Facebook under Marc Hoffman Music.