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Feb. 13, 2004

Jazz Pianist Knight Will Play At UI Museum Of Art Feb. 27

Dan Knight, a world-renowned jazz pianist from Iowa City, will perform at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in the new Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

In keeping with the theme of the exhibition now on display at the UIMA, "American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center," Knight will perform his versions of American jazz classics.

Knight has an ongoing relationship with the UIMA. In 1999 he recorded and released a CD of music inspired by nine paintings in the museum's permanent collection, "Pictures at an Exhibition." Knight has also performed at the UIMA several times.

A Steinway Artist and respected improviser, Knight became interested in both keyboard instruments and jazz when he was only four years old. He has performed with many well-known musicians including saxophonist Bobby Watson and trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis.

Claude Nobs, founder and artistic director of the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival, said "Knight is incontestably one of the finest solo pianists in the world. (He) is quietly establishing a place for himself among the masters of jazz piano."

Knight has made several CD recordings for After Hours Recordings, including "Dan Knight and the La Fosse Jazz Trio: Live from Studio III," recorded with the late UI violin faculty member Leopold La Fosse; "Dan Knight: Montreux"; "Dan Knight: Do You Hear What I Hear"; "Dan Knight Duo: Live at Riverside Theatre"; and "Dan Knight Quartet: Live at the Cottonwood Club."

The Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium is a new addition to the UIMA. It opened on Feb. 8, along with a new and renovated 8,000 square feet of gallery space and other new areas for educational programming, the care and study of its collections and additional events.

"American Tableaux" is on display at the UIMA through April 25 in a 6,000-square-foot section of this new gallery space.

The exhibition includes works by 55 20th-century American artists including Georgia O'Keeffe, David Hockney, Tom Wesselman and Kara Walker. Sixty-two paintings, sculptures, installations, prints and photographs are featured in the collection on loan from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Admission to the UI Museum of Art and to "American Tableaux" is free. Admission to Knight's performance will be $10 at the door.

"American Tableaux" was organized by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. It is made possible by generous support from the Dain Rauscher Foundation and Marshall Field's Project Imagine.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu; Writer: Krystle Johnson