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Release: Aug. 23,
Conroy, Moore, Rapson, Skorton to host 'As Night Falls'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Frank Conroy, David Skorton, John
Rapson and Dan Moore will bring their diverse jazz expertise to a revamped
"As Night Falls" on KSUI this fall. The jazz program on Saturday and Sunday
evenings has been transformed into a diverse sampling of music from throughout
The updated "As Night Falls" debuts at 7 p.m., Sept. 8
on KSUI, the University of Iowa's public radio station. It will feature four
genres of jazz: "Classic" and "Trendsetters" on Saturdays followed by "World"
and "Latin" (the first radio programming emphasis of its kind in the listening
area) on Sundays. Each on-air host will be paired with a specific genre.
Frank Conroy will host the Classic genre on alternate
Saturday evenings. Debuting Sat., Sept. 8, Conroy will feature jazz standards
from swing to bebop, from the music of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday,
to performances by Herbie Hancock and Thelonius Monk.
Best known as the director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop,
Conroy is a self-titled "semi-pro" musician who had his own jazz quintet that
performed in the Boston area. He also took a gig as the regular Monday night
piano player at the famous jazz haunt Bradley's in New York City. He has also
written major articles on jazz for the New York Times Magazine, People, GQ,
Esquire and other publications.
Conroy is also the author of the short-story collection
"Midair" and the novel "Body and Soul" (about a musician and composer), the
editor of "The Eleventh Draft," a book about the workshop process, and "The
Iowa Award: The Best Stories from Twenty Years." His essays and short stories
have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Esquire,
GQ, the Partisan Review, Harpers, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times Magazine.
He received a Grammy Award in 1986 for liner notes for an album by Frank Sinatra.
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 9, percussionist Dan Moore hosts
a format of multicultural music. A relatively recent genre known as World
Music, this genre blends aspects of jazz, percussion and indigenous styles.
Moore, best known locally for his work with the popular UI Pan-American Steel
Band, is an internationally recognized percussionist, composer and expert
in world music. He is the director of percussion studies at the UI.
Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard
percussion, drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he is considered a "total
percussionist." For the past 12 years he has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore
Duo, and is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian
Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written for Jazz Player, Sticks and
Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.
Trendsetters, hosted by John Rapson, will showcase the
best of the new approaches to jazz. Whether it is a contemporary approach
to a classic jazz piece or a new composition, Rapson will inform listeners
about some of the most interesting and dynamic techniques in jazz music today.
Rapson's first take as on-air host begins Sat., Sept 15, continuing on alternate
Rapson, a world-renowned professional musician and director
of jazz studies at UI, has taken the lead in recording six albums and has
appeared on 17 other albums as a sideman or conductor. 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. He has also recorded two albums, "A Mingus Among Us" and "Been There,
Done That" with Johnson County Landmark, the jazz repertory ensemble from
His recent experimental jazz recording "Dances and Orations"
has been received well by critics, hailed as "one of the most vital CDs to
come around in a long time" in Jazziz and as "a conceptual and musical triumph"
by Josef Woodard in the Independent. The CD scored 10 out of 10 for artistic
merit in Grammophone magazine's "Good CD Guide" for jazz recordings, which
also called it "beautiful and unique."
By day, David Skorton serves as vice president for research
and interim vice president for external relations at the University of Iowa.
He holds joint appointments at the rank of professor in the departments of
internal medicine, electrical and computer engineering, and biomedical engineering.
During his 21 years at the UI, Skorton has founded and/or directed a major
laboratory, a collegiate division, and an internationally recognized clinic.
As a physician/researcher, he has published many scientific articles, reviews,
book chapters, and two major texts, and he continues to see patients.
But Skorton's first love and true passion
is music. While growing up in Los Angeles and as a professional jazz and rhythm
and blues musician in Chicago, Skorton developed a particular passion for
His portion of "As Night Falls" featuring Latin jazz,
debuts Sunday, Sept. 16, and continues on alternate Sundays. It will be the
area's first radio program focusing on Latino culture and music.
Latin jazz has become increasingly popular throughout
the world. From Afro-Cuban jazz to Bossa Nova, jazz listeners recognize Latin
jazz as a key and familiar genre.
"Our enhanced version of 'As Night Falls' signals KSUI's
continued interest in broadening the scope of our on-air offerings," said
Joan Kjaer, KSUI program director. "'As Night Falls' will now include a greater
variety of content paired with a cast of four hosts who have impressive expertise.
We hope our listeners respond with enthusiasm."
The four hosts also perform in a new jazz band, Close
Enough, with UI colleagues Dan Nuno and Geb Thomas; they will present a benefit
concert for the university's Arts Share program, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
1 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The fall schedule for "As Night Falls" follows:
7-9 p.m., Saturdays (every-other-week rotations)
"Classic Jazz with Frank Conroy"
Sept. 8, 22; Oct. 6, 20; Nov. 3, 17; Dec. 1, 15, 29
"Trendsetters with John Rapson"
Sept. 15, 29; Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 10, 24; Dec. 8, 22
7-9 p.m., Sundays (every-other-week rotations)
"World Music with Dan Moore"
Sept. 9, 23; Oct. 7, 21; Nov. 4, 18; Dec. 2, 16, 30
"Latin Jazz with David Skorton"
Sept. 16, 30; Oct. 14, 28; Nov. 11, 25; Dec. 9, 23
For more information, contact KSUI at (319) 335-5730.