Writer: Jenny Burman
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Jazz musicians will visit UI School of Music, perform for public
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three professional jazz musicians will visit the
University of Iowa School of Music to work with students in the jazz studies
area and perform with UI ensembles. Tenor saxophonist Mike Lee, bassist
Roberto Miranda and saxophonist Walter Thompson will participate in UI
jazz events at different times from late February until May.
Their visit is sponsored by the UI School of Music's jazz department,
Lee and Miranda will be at the UI through the last week of February,
playing the Iowa Jazztet at Eddie Piccard's in Cedar Rapids Feb. 24 and
at The Sanctuary in Iowa City on Feb. 27. They will also perform with Johnson
County Landmark, the School of Music jazz repertory ensemble, at the Indian
Hill Jazz Festival in Ottumwa at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
Thompson will be at the UI in May.
Lee, who lives in New York City, plays saxophone with the Village Vanguard
Orchestra, the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Bill Mobley Big Band.
A former student of Joe Lovano, with whom he has performed in concert as
a featured soloist, Lee is considered a rising star in the world of jazz.
He has toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra, among other groups. Two
of Lee's compositions were selected among the top five in the 1997 Thelonius
Monk Institute of Jazz and BMI International Jazz Composers Competition.
He will be touring in the fall with Joe Lovano as part of Lovano's Celebrating
Sinatra ensemble. Lee's headline recordings include "The Quiet Answer"
and "Above the Battleground."
Miranda is known as one of Los Angeles' leading jazz bassists. He is
a performer, composer and teacher at UCLA in the music school jazz department
headed by jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. Among the many jazz luminaries
with whom Miranda has recorded and toured in the U.S. and abroad are David
Murray, Cecil Taylor, Don Preston and Horace Tapscott. Miranda performs
frequently with Tapscott, including a recent concert at Carnegie Hall.
His work is featured on more than 35 recordings. Miranda visited the UI
in March 1997, performing with Johnson County Landmark and in other UI
Music School events.
Saxophonist Thompson is founder and composer for the Walter Thompson
Orchestra and Ensemble, both based in New York City. For the past 25 years
he has been composing professionally, performing and conducting his own
compositions in the United States and in Europe. In addition to leading
his large ensemble and orchestra, which Jon Pareles of the New York Times
describe as pushing "big band music in a new direction," Thompson
has developed a unique conducting language called "Sound Painting."
The technique was developed for musicians, dancers, actors and artists
working in the medium of improvisation. Thompson's music-education background
includes a teaching position at UI, as well as positions at the New School
for Social Research in New York City, the New England Conservatory of Music,
the University of Michigan and others. Recordings under his own name include
"The Colonel," "Not for Rollo" and "520 Out."
Rapson, a trombonist, joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in
1993 as director of jazz studies. He is a recording artist for the Sound
Aspects and Nine Winds labels, and he is a trombonist whose work mixes
ethnic and experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. Rapson
has performed with major jazz artists including Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia,
Tim Berne, Bill Frisell, Anthony Braxton, Doc Cheatham, David Murray and