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Release: March 26, 1999

Jazz composer/pianist Berkman, trumpeter Carlson will give free UI recital April 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jazz composer/pianist David Berkman and trumpeter John Carlson, visiting artists from New York who are currently on tour in the Midwest, will stop off in Iowa City to perform a free guest concert on the University of Iowa campus at 8 p.m. Friday, April 9 in Clapp Recital Hall.

Berkman and Carlson will also perform with the UI Jazztet, a jazz sextet made up of faculty and graduate students of the UI School of Music, starting at 9:30 Thursday, April 8 in the Sanctuary restaurant in downtown Iowa City. There will be a cover charge for that performance.

Berkman has been living in New York since 1985, playing with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Woody Herman Band and, most recently, bassist Cecil McBee's Quartet. Berkman's first CD, "Handmade," recorded with his own quintet, was picked by both Jazziz and Jazz times as one of the top albums of 1998. The Hartford Courant described the recording as "an often-stunning collection of great melodies and intelligent improvisations," while Jazz Times concluded that on the recording, "Berkman's own debut as a leader . . . far surpasses the promise he has shown as a sideman."

On tour Berkman is appearing with Carlson, who has been a member of the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet since 1992. Carlson has performed and recorded with the Boston-based Either/Orchestra, the Jazz Composer's Alliance Orchestra and the Ken Schaphorst Big Band. He has also performed with Sam Rivers, Julius Hemphill, Bob Brookmeyer, Tito Puente, Marty Ehrlich and many other well-known jazz artists.

In their duo performances, Berkman says, "we will be playing material ranging from jazz standards to originals to free music. When we are playing standards, I think that we are exploring taking apart the form a bit, and using the forms as a jumping-off point for improvisation that blurs the line between 'straight-ahead' and 'free' playing."

In their performance together at the Sanctuary, Berkman, Carlson and the Jazztet will present music from Berkman's CD, "Handmade."

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