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Release: Nov. 8, 2002
REPERTORY ENSEMBLE PLAYS BIG-BAND AND LATIN JAZZ NOV. 23
The Jazz Repertory Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will
present a free concert featuring a combination of classic big-band music and
Latin jazz, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The concert will be directed by Brent Sandy, a faculty member form the jazz
studies area of the UI School of Music. Featured percussion soloists in the
Latin jazz portion of the program will be Dan Moore, head of the percussion
are of the School of Music, and James Dreier, jazz-area faculty and founder
of the UI Afro-Cuban Drum Ensemble.
The Jazz Repertory Ensemble is one of three big bands, and at least 10 combos
of varying size, supported by the jazz studies area of the UI School of Music.
Based on the standard big-band instrumentation, it has full sections of reed,
brass and rhythm instruments. Made up largely of students in the UI School
of Music, the Jazz Repertory Ensemble performs works by established jazz masters
as well as new works by UI students and other jazz composers.
The full program on Nov. 23 will feature works from the repertories of the
big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Woody Herman,
as well as small group works arranged for big bands by Horace Silver, Thelonious
Monk and Charles Mingus. The concert will close with Moore and Dreier soloing
in Latin jazz compositions by legends Mario Bauza and Tito Puente, as arranged
by Michael Philip Mossman.
Familiar jazz titles on the program will include Quincy Jones big-band
arrangement of I Left My Heart In San Francisco; Horace Silvers
Doodlin; Charles Mingus tribute to the great jazz
saxophonist Lester Young, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; and Dick Vances
arrangement for the Duke Ellington band of Peanut Vendor. These
and other big-band charts will feature solo work by the students in the Jazz
Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn
performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with local jazz
groups including the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, the OddBar Trio and
Equilateral. As a member of the Orquesta Alto Maiz and OddBar he has made
seven CDs, toured Europe in 1998 and twice been featured on Jazzset
with Branford Marsalis on National Public Radio.
He is an educational specialist/clinician and Conn Vintage One artist with
United Musical Instruments, a division of United Musical Instruments, USA,
and serves on the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Jazz Festival.
An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience
from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing
all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic
and multi-percussion, he is considered a total percussionist.
As a soloist, Moore has developed a unique new style of marimba performance,
using a MIDI set-up that allows him to create layers of electronically triggered
and natural acoustic sounds. For the past 12 years he has toured as a member
of the Britain/Moore Duo, whose CD Cricket City has been described
by Pan-lime Magazine as a brilliant collage of pan-marimba pieces.
Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor
of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion
at the UI for more than 35 years. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha
Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written
for Jazz Player, Sticks and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.
Dreier is an adjunct professor in the jazz studies area of the UI School
of Music, as well as drumset and Latin percussion specialist at Augustana
College in Davenport. At the UI he coaches small jazz groups, directs the
Afro Cuban Drum Ensemble, assists with the large-format jazz bands, and teaches
drumset and world percussion. As a member of the Orquesta de Alto Maiz he
has performed throughout the Midwest and in Europe. He has studied percussion
and drumming in Brazil and Cuba and written articles for the professional
journal Percussive Notes.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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