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Release: Jan. 5, 2001

(NOTE TO EDITORS: To arrange Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet interviews, contact Naeemah Hicks at <nhicks@jazzatlincolncenter.org>.)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet residency concludes with Jan. 26 Hancher Auditorium concert

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet will be in residence Jan. 23-26 at the University of Iowa, climaxing with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 in Hancher Auditorium.

The residency and concert are part of Hancher’s innovative, three-year Network Project, in collaboration with the Pella Opera House, the Center for Faith and Life at Luther College in Decorah and the Burlington Civic Music Association. This season the Jazz at Lincoln Center (J@LC) Sextet is visiting each community for the third and final time, concluding with the Hancher residency.

Free public events during the J@LC Sextet residency at the UI include:

-- a mini-concert at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the Iowa City Senior Center;

-- a mini-concert at noon Thursday, Jan. 25 in the atrium of the UI Hospitals and Clinics;

-- a master class with UI jazz students at 2 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Opera Studio of the Voxman Music Building;

-- a family concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Lisbon Public Library; and

-- an Iowa Communications Network (ICN) event focusing on the Louis Armstrong centennial at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 in Hancher.

School groups throughout the state will participate in the Jan. 26 matinee event through the ICN.

During the residency the ensemble will also present a lecture-demonstration for employees of the Iowa City Press-Citizen; work with elementary-school students at Mid-Prairie High School, where they will test a new curriculum focusing on Louis Armstrong; and present mini-concerts for other invitation-only audiences.

The J@LC Sextet -- trumpeter Marcus Printup, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, saxophonist Wess Anderson, pianist Farid Barron, bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Carl Allen -- is an educational touring ensemble drawn from Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center roster. Each residency in Iowa has included instruction, musical performance and informal conversation to educate people about aspects of jazz history, jazz appreciation, the art of improvisation, performance techniques, career development and other aspects of jazz.

The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the flagship big band of the J@LC program, has presented several concerts in Hancher Auditorium during recent seasons, including a performance of Marsalis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz oratorio, "Blood on the Fields," and a concert celebrating the Duke Ellington centennial.

J@LC is the world’s largest not-for-profit arts organization committed to promoting the appreciation and understanding of jazz through performances, education and preservation.

The Chicago Tribune observed, "No institution in America has dared to dream as big as Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jazz at Lincoln Center has given the music a degree of visibility and stature it does not typically receive. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra is becoming the signature American jazz band to audiences around the world." And the Charlotte Observer observed, "What they’ve done in a decade is nothing short of cultural movement, elevating America’s music and enshrining its creators, establishing a baseline of jazz literacy and encouraging young people to take up the torch."

The J@LC Sextet residency is supported by the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds, the Iowa Arts Council and West Music Company.

Tickets for the Jan. 26 concert at $23, $21 and $18. 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.

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 <hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu>.

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 receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>. Learn about Jazz at Lincoln Center at <http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org>.