CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 27, 2000
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John Rapson, director of jazz studies in the UI School of Music would be a
good source for additional comments about the significance of Louis Armstrong
in the history of jazz. You can reach him by phone at 319-335-1633, or by
e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.)
Jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton celebration Louis Armstrong Centennial
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Young jazz trumpet star Nicholas Payton and his band
will mark the 100th anniversary of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrongs
birth in the "Armstrong Centennial Celebration" at 8 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 17 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.
Armstrong, who claimed as his birth date the Fourth of July in 1900, was
not only a beloved fixture in American popular music until his death in 1971
-- remembered for hits including "Hello, Dolly" and "What a
Wonderful World" -- but also one of the most influential performers in
the history of jazz.
In the 1920s he defined the role of the virtuoso soloist in jazz, setting
standards for improvisation, phrasing and virtuoso display that have been
the measure of jazz artists ever since. Miles Davis once declared, "You
cant play anything on the horn that Louis hasnt played."
Armstrongs trailblazing small ensembles mixed the popular tunes of
Tin Pan Alley with the blues in a mixture that persists as the defining core
sound of jazz to the present day. "Louis Armstrong took two different
musics and fused them so that they sounded perfectly compatible," trumpeter
and jazz evangelist Wynton Marsalis commented. "Not even Art Tatum, Charlie
Parker, Monk and Coltrane did anything that sophisticated."
Armstrongs innovations -- including scat singing -- were so fundamental
that jazz singer Tony Bennett concluded, "The bottom line of any country
is, What did we contribute to the world? We contributed Louis
Grammy Award winner Nicholas Payton would seem to be the natural choice
for an Armstrong tribute. He grew up in musical culture of Armstrongs
hometown of New Orleans, and he resembles Satchmo both physically and musically.
Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune asserted, "Surely no trumpeter today
captures Armstrongs radiant tone and brilliant, high-register technique
as masterfully as Payton."
His recent Verve recording "Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton"
includes many of the Tin Pan Alley standards associated with Louis Armstrong.
Paytons "Armstrong Centennial Celebration" is a loving trip
back to the streets of New Orleans and the big, bold music that Armstrong
created from his experiences there.
UI Mens Intercollegiate Athletics is the sponsor of the Nov. 17 concert,
through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for Nicholas Paytons "Armstrong Centennial Celebration"
are $28, $26 and $23. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20 percent
discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for $10. Tickets
for audience members 17 and younger are half price.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance
is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at <email@example.com>.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel
prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and
seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with
TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
-- on the World Wide Web. To learn more about Payton and the Armstrong centennial,
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