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March 30, 2010

Saxophonist Jimmy Greene will be guest star of JCL concert

The University of Iowa Johnson County Landmark (JCL) jazz band will be joined by noted saxophonist Jimmy Greene for "An Evening of Ellington," at 8 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the historic Englert Theater. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Under the direction of John Rapson, the band will perform Ellington's "Mainstem," "Sultry Sunset," "Latin American Sunshine," "Ko-Ko," "Mood Indigo," "Harlem Airshaft" and "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," as well as Billy Strayhorn's arrangement of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," Ellington's arrangement of "Perdido" and "Jeep's Blues" by Johnny Hodges.

Greene will be featured throughout the concert, and will also perform a solo piece with a quintet.

Tony Hall of Jazzwise Magazine calls Greene "... without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years."

Greene was named First Runner-up at the 1996 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Jazz Saxophone Competition by a panel of judges that included Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Jackie McLean, and Joshua Redman.

In September 1997, he moved to New York City, after becoming a member of the Horace Silver Quintet. Greene has since performed with Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Claudio Roditi, Steve Turre, Lewis Nash, Avishai Cohen, Claudia Acuña, Kenny Barron, Jeremy Pelt, Chick Corea and Ralph Peterson, as well as the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, New Jazz Composers' Octet, and the big bands of Harry Connick, Jr., Jason Lindner and Kendrick Oliver.

Recently, Greene, the composer, was honored by Chamber Music America as a winner of its New Works: Creation and Presentation Grant Program, a component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, and was commissioned to compose and perform a new work for the Jimmy Greene Quartet. The resulting suite, Overcomers, was debuted in New York during the quartet's January 2006 engagement at the Village Vanguard.

Critic George Carroll wrote of "Mission Statement," Greene's seventh CD as a leader, "... the erudite yet singular sax sound of a jazzman on a mission ... Jimmy Greene has composed a spate of originals that we will have to reckon with as the jazz idiom unfolds now and in years to come. Greene delivers his jazz in an educated, intellectual, and in certainly a literate and learned style."

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JCL is the UI's ensemble devoted to the performance of original works by the great composers of the big-band jazz repertory. The top jazz big band in the UI School of Music, JCL boasts an illustrious history, which has included an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, top awards at jazz competitions in the United States and Europe, and several acclaimed recordings that range from the works of jazz masters to original compositions by band members.

Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of jazz studies in August 1993. A recording artist for the Sound Aspects and Nine Winds labels, he is a composer and trombonist whose work mixes ethnic and experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. For more information on Rapson visit

The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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