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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 8, 2006

Hancher Celebrates 2006-07 Season With Los Hombres Calientes Dance Party

The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will celebrate the opening of its 2006-07 season with a concert/party/dance with Los Hombres Calientes from New Orleans at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

As with the exuberant Plena Libre event last season, food and two beverage coupons are included in the Los Hombres Calientes ticket price, with Crescent City cuisine served 7:30-8:30 p.m. The dancing starts when the curtain goes up at 8:30 p.m., and audience members can sit in the auditorium seats or join the dance party on stage.

Ben Ratliff of the New York Times described Los Hombres Calientes (The hot guys) as "New Orleans plus Cuba plus funk, as played by Crescent City jazz musicians. How could it miss?" 

Young trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, heir apparent to the great New Orleans jazz trumpet legacy, and master percussionist Bill Summers lead the ensemble through a spicy mix of New Orleans rhythms and sounds, with a little Brazilian, Jamaican and Parliament/Funkadelic thrown in -- a hot musical gumbo that has been documented on four acclaimed CDs, one of them a Grammy nominee and another named contemporary jazz album of the year by Billboard magazine.

A review in the Boston Globe observed, "Their point is to mine the sounds of New Orleans, Africa and the Caribbean for long-standing connections -- to turn jazz's tradition vs. innovation debate back in on itself, reaching so deep into tradition that the results sound innovative." And Mayfield said of their recordings, "Doing our records is like a treasure hunt."

Summers, a founding member of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters band, has been one of the most in-demand percussionists in jazz for more than three decades, featured on recordings by Ahmad Jamal, Bobby Hutcherson, Bobby Womack, Country Joe McDonald, Dianne Reeves, Gato Barbieri, George Benson, Kenny Loggins, Maria Muldaur, McCoy Tyner, Patrice Rushen, Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins, Stanley Clark, Stevie Wonder, Sting, the Pointer Sisters and Wayne Shorter, to name just a few.

The founder of the Summers Multi Ethnic Institute of the Arts, he has even been initiated into the prestigious Yoruba order of sacred drummers by Estaban "Cha Chaa" Vega, the most revered drummer in Cuba.

Los Hombres Calientes is supported by Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, and Carl and Julie Schweser, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for the Los Hombres Calientes party are $40. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu.

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: hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu

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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: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu

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