WRITER: ALEX CAREY
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Jan. 26, 2001
Jazz vocalist Jackie Allen will perform with UI jazz bands at Valentine's
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Chicago-based jazz vocalist Jackie Allen and bassist
Hans Sturm will perform with the University of Iowa Johnson County Landmark
big band and the Jazz Lab Band for the third annual "Got Love? Valentines
Day Dance," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the Iowa Memorial Union Main
The alcohol-free dance is sponsored by Arts Share, the Associated Residence
Halls, the UI jazz department and the Stepping Up Project, a community and
campus coalition to reduce high-risk drinking and its harmful effects. Free
snacks will be provided during the dance.
Before the dance begins, free dance lessons will be offered in the Ballroom,
starting at 7 p.m. The lessons will be taught by Kathy Burnett, a graduate
student in the UI dance department.
Jackie Allen is one of Chicagos most influential and respected jazz
educators. A popular and inspiring jazz vocal instructor at the Old Town School
of Folk Music for more than six years, she is frequently featured with university
jazz ensembles as a guest performer and clinician. In Chicago, she sings at
downtowns Lush Life and performs regularly in clubs including Andys,
Pops for Champagne, The Green Mill and Pete Millers.
An extremely versatile bassist who performs new music, classical bass and
jazz, Sturm teaches at Ball State University. A former student of jazz virtuoso
Richard Davis and international concert artist Jeff Bradetich, he has performed
in Europe, Japan, Brazil and the United States.
Allen and Sturm appeared together at the 1998 International Bass Festival.
Their performance was the events sensation and earned the two a recording
contract, as well as a return engagement at the 1999 festival. They recently
collaborated on the album "Landscapes -- Bass Meets Voice."
Allen will perform the standard "Orange Colored Sky," arranged
by Roger Holmes, and the jazz waltz "Teach Me a Song," with the
Jazz Lab Band. With JCL she will sing "The Very Thought of You,"
"You Could Be Fred" and "In the Evening (When the Sun Goes
Down)," arranged by Frank Mantooth.
Sturm will be featured in the Jazz Lab Bands renditions of "Rocket
Surgery" and "Angel Eyes." He will perform with the JCL on
"Tricotism" and "Subterranean." Allen and Sturm will also
perform with members of the UI jazz faculty.
"This is one of those events that a music educator delights in,"
said John Rapson, who heads the UI School of Musics jazz program and
directs both JCL and the Jazz Lab Band. "On the one hand, this music
provides the very best training material for young musicians to learn precision
and Rhythmic feel by acquainting them with the classic repertoire
of jazz. On the other hand, the context is recreational and informal, which
makes it fun to share with a larger, inter-generational audience. That it
meets common goals with the Stepping Up Project and Arts Share is just icing
on the cake."
A major ensemble in the UI School of Music jazz program, JCL is a repertory
ensemble devoted to the performance of original compositions by jazz masters.
JCL has the standard big-band instrumentation, with full sections of reed,
brass and rhythm instruments. It is made up largely of students in the UI
School of Music majoring in performance or in the jazz area.
The Jazz Lab Band is a student ensemble featuring instrumentation of the
swing band and big band eras. The groups repertoire combines classic
works from the jazz stars of the '20s, '30s and '40s with contemporary big
band charts and arrangements representing the works of diverse artists.
Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of jazz
studies in August 1993. A composer and trombonist who records for the Sound
Aspects and Nine Winds labels, his work mixes ethnic and experimental elements
with more conventional jazz forms. Jazziz called his experimental jazz recording
"Dances and Orations" "one of the most vital CDs to come around
in a long time." The Independents Josef Woodard hailed it "a
conceptual and musical triumph."
Tickets are $3 for students with ID, $5 for the general public, and will
be available at the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union beginning
Jan. 29. Contact the box office at 319-335-3041 or toll-free 800-346-4401.
The fax number is 319-335-3407. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through
Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday. In addition to cash and checks, the University
Box Office accepts MasterCard, Visa , American Express and Discover cards.
The School of Music and Dance Department are part of the Division of Performing
Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.
Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic expertise from the Iowa
Center for the Arts to schools, local art councils, community arts associations,
museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and
the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster of touring artists includes
nearly 100 faculty members, ensembles and graduate students in the performing,
visual and literary arts.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The goal of the Stepping Up Project is to change the environment that encourages
high-risk drinking. The organization offers activities for students that do
not involve alcohol, supports local police efforts to enforce the minimum
drinking age law and works to revitalize Iowa City so that families, seniors
and non-drinkers may enjoy the same social choices as drinkers currently find
downtown. For more information visit the projects web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~stepping,
or call 353-2529 or 335-1349.