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Sept. 7, 2006

Birth Of Jazz And Improvisation Focus Of 'Talk Of Iowa' Sept. 15

UI professor of music and composer John Rapson will talk about the birth of jazz and improvisation on the Sept. 15 edition of "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House."

The public is invited to join the audience for the program, broadcast live on Iowa Public Radio at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the Java House at 211 E. Washington St., Iowa City. Heard statewide on five public radio stations, the program originates from WSUI-AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

Jazz appears in the early 20th century, the result of many cultures and traditions colliding together during the industrial revolution in America. On the program, host Ben Kieffer will talk with Rapson about why this music genre could only have been developed in America and only at that time.

Rapson has been an associate professor of music and director of jazz studies at the UI since 1993. He is an acclaimed composer and recording artist. He has composed more than 100 songs and recorded 19 albums. His work mixes ethnic and experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. Live music and demonstrations will be performed by a quartet of Rapson's graduate students.

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. The show is broadcast live statewide to an estimated 30,000 listeners each week on public radio WSUI-AM 910 Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI-AM 640 Ames/Des Moines, KTPR-FM 91.1 Fort Dodge, KOWI-FM 97.9 Lamoni and KWOI-FM 90.7 Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays. It is also broadcast several days later on cable TV over UITV in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: WSUI, 319-335-5730; Writer: Kelli Andresen

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