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Release: Jan. 29, 2001

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that a school group in your community participated in the interactive Iowa Communications Network event with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet originating at Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. The participating schools are listed at the end of the release. Each entry includes the name of the sponsoring teacher, if available.)

Local students participated in UI ICN event with Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students at schools in more than 15 Iowa towns interacted with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet through the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) on Jan. 26, as part of the ensemble’s residency at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. The event, which originated on the Hancher stage in Iowa City, focused on the contributions of trumpeter Louis Armstrong, celebrating the centennial of his birth.

The residency was part of Hancher’s innovative, three-year Iowa Network Project, in collaboration with the Pella Opera House, the Center for Faith and Life at Luther College in Decorah and the Burlington Civic Music Association. This season the Jazz at Lincoln Center (J@LC) Sextet is visiting each community for the third and final time, concluding with the Hancher residency.

The J@LC Sextet -- trumpeter Marcus Printup, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, saxophonist Wess Anderson, pianist Farid Barron, bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Carl Allen -- is an educational touring ensemble drawn from Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center roster. Each residency in Iowa has included instruction, musical performance and informal conversation to educate people about aspects of jazz history, jazz appreciation, the art of improvisation, performance techniques, career development and other aspects of jazz.

J@LC is the world’s largest not-for-profit arts organization committed to promoting the appreciation and understanding of jazz through performances, education and preservation.

The J@LC Sextet residency was supported by the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds, the Iowa Arts Council and West Music Company.

The ICN is the nation’s only statewide public fiber-optic network, which provides citizens in all parts of the state with real-time, interactive audiovisual access to the state’s educational, informational, political and legal resources. With equipment acquired through a grant from US West, Hancher has been providing interactive educational activities through the ICN for five seasons.

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Interactive Audience:

BEDFORD: Bedford Community School (Davine Davis)

Boone: Boone High School (Scott Kiezel)

Conrad: BCLUW Community Schools (David Bartling)

Crystal Lake: Woden-Crystal Lake High School (Deb Newkirk)

Elkader: Central Community Schools (Jane Metcalf)

Exira: Exira High School (Rick Nielsen)

Gilbert: Gilbert High School (Chris Covell)

Independence: Independence High School (David Lang)

Latimer: CAL/Dows High School (Kevin Brown)

LuVernE: LuVerne Community School (Linda Cutshall)

MOVILLE: Woodbury Central Community School (Mark Cripps)

Oelwein: Oelwein Middle School (Diane Sperfslag)

Parkersburg: Aplington-Parkersburg High School (Ryan Basye)

Traer: North Tama Community School (Terry Shay)

In-House Audience:

CORALVILLE: Wickham Elementary School (Sally Strang)

Tiffin: Clear Creek Amana High School