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Release: March 26, 1999
Jazz composer/pianist Berkman, trumpeter Carlson will give free UI recital
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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