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Release: March 17, 2000

Percussion duo to present improvised program, from jazz standards to be-bop

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Samuels/Sisto Duo, two jazz vibes and marimba players with wide experience who are making their first tour together, will present a University of Iowa guest performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1 in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus. The performance will be free and open to the public.

Dave Samuels and Dick Sisto have been friends ever since they attended Stan Kenton jazz camps together many years ago. They have gone on to outstanding musical careers -- both have played vibes and marimba with major jazz artists -- but this is the first time they have worked together.

Their program on April 1 will feature improvised music, ranging from popular jazz standards to be-bop and contemporary jazz.

Dan Moore, who heads the UI percussion program, has studied and performed with Samuels on a number of occasions, and he has worked with Sisto for about six years. "This performance will be a unique opportunity to hear two great musicians in a very intimate setting," he said. "We are fortunate to be included on their first tour together."

Dave Samuels is a veteran jazz performer. He has played vibes and marimba with Frank Zappa and the popular group Spyro Gyra, among others. He is a member of the Caribbean Jazz Project and has performed for more than 25 years as part of Double Image, an ensemble he leads with fellow vibist David Friedman. He has also released several solo recordings.

Dick Sisto is considered a musician’s musician. He is a performer and educator who teaches at the popular Abersold Jazz Camps. He performs throughout the United States and England, working most recently at the Concord Club in Southampton, England. His second CD, recorded with Kenny Werner, Barry Ries, Drew Guess and Steve Davis, will be released in the fall.

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