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April 20, 2006

UI Jazz Repertory Ensemble Features Trombonist Paul McKee For May 6 Concert

The University of Iowa Jazz Repertory Ensemble will present its final concert of the 2005-06 academic year at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert, under the direction of Brent Sandy, will be free and open to the public.

Trombonist Paul McKee, a University of Northern Iowa alumnus who currently teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, will be featured guest soloist.

Sandy commented, "The JRE performs works by master jazz composers and arrangers, past and present. This program is no different. From the work of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones and Toshiko Akiyoshi to Tim Hagans and Paul McKee, the ensemble continues to revisit the past and step boldly into the present and future of the music."

The first half of the concert, featuring the band and its members as soloists, will include Thad Jones' "A Good Time Was Had by All"; "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love" by Charles Mingus and arranged by Jack Walrath; "Noogaloo," composed and arranged by Tim Hagans; and Ellington's "Rockin' In Rhythm."

McKee will join the band for the second portion of the program, when he will solo in his own "No Cover," and his arrangements of "Alone Together" and Harold Arlen's "Out of this World." Also on the program after intermission is Toshiko Akiyoshi's "I Ain't Gonna Ask No More."

McKee received a bachelor's degree in music education from UNI and a master's degree in composition from the University of Texas, Austin. Since 1984, he has been a member of Woody Herman's Thundering Herd and continues to tour and record with the band. In addition to making frequent appearances as a guest artist and clinician, he has served on the jazz faculty at DePaul University, Northern Illinois University and Youngstown State University.

McKee's compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by academic and professional jazz ensembles worldwide. His recent recording "Gallery" was released to critical acclaim on the Chicago-based Hallway Records label and features special guests Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Tim Ries and Ron Stout. McKee is a clinician for C.G. Conn and plays King trombones.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with local and regional jazz groups including the OddBar Trio, Orquesta Alto Maiz, the Grismore Scea Group 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 for Conn/Selmer and a Conn Vintage One flugelhorn artist.

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 School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.