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Oct. 15, 2010

JCL combines standards and new compositions in fall concert, Oct. 27

The Johnson County Landmark (JCL), the top big band in the University of Iowa School of Music's jazz studies program, will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Iowa City. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Under the direction of John Rapson, director of UI jazz studies, JCL will perform "D Minor Mint" by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, "Here Comes the Sun" by George Harrison, "The (Beautiful) Comedian" by Kneebody, the Carla Bley arrangement of "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" by Charles Mingus, "Just Like Him" by drummer and bandleader John Hollenbeck, "Transcen-Dance" by Michael Conrad, "Nimbus" by Maria Schneider and "Manteca" by Dizzy Gillespie.

Student soloists will include trumpeters Geoff Wood and Brent Tunis; saxophonists Nathan Bogert, Ryan Smith and Cody Maranell; trombonists Alex Krawczyk, Eric Gesteadt and Nathaniel Gier; pianist Robert Monroe; guitarist Dan Padley; bassist Jared Fowler; and drummer Cassius Goens.

The program combines classics from the standard jazz and big-band repertory with recent compositions.

Kneebody, formed in 2001, is a genre-blurring quintet that was nominated for a 2008 "classical crossover" Grammy Award and this year was nominated for Best Jazz Group in the 2010 Downbeat Readers Poll. "The (Beautiful) Comedian" is a big-band arrangement of a composition from 2008: Witness a performance on YouTube at

John Hollenbeck has received numerous awards, including the Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Contest in 1995 and 2002, the 2002 Gil Evans Fellowship and a Guggenheim. He was nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for Up and Coming Jazz Musician of the Year, Jazz Composer of the Year, Arranger of the Year, Drummer of the Year and Large Ensemble of the Year. His first large ensemble recording, "A Blessing," received a 2006 Grammy Nomination. Learn more at

The music of Grammy winner Maria Schneider -- -- has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra were awarded Best Composer, Best Arranger and Best Big Band from both the Jazz Journalist Association and the DOWNBEAT Critics Poll in 2008-09. "Nimbus" is a new composition from this year.

Mike Conrad, a student from the University of Northern Iowa, won the 2010 Tthaca College Composition Contest with "Transcen-Dance." A UNI performance, introduced by JCL alumnus Chris Merz, is accessible at

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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