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Release: June 12, 2001
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: JUISE is pronounced "juice")
UI summer jazz ensemble will play free concert June
JUISE, a summer jazz ensemble comprised of local jazz
professionals, educators and select students from the University of Iowa School
of Music, will present the first of two free public concerts at 8 p.m. Thursday,
June 21 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Now in its third summer season, JUISE, which stands for
Jazz at the University of Iowa Summer Ensemble, was formerly known as the
Summer Festival Jazz Ensemble.
The concert will feature New York City free-lance jazz
trumpeter John Carlson. The program will include music by Duke Ellington;
pianist/composer Carla Bley, a guest at the School of Music in March who will
return to Iowa City for the Iowa City Jazz Festival; and John Rapson, the
UI director of jazz studies who is also a member of JUISE.
In addition to Rapson, other members of JUISE include
band directors from both Iowa City high schools, current and former UI faculty,
and other professional musicians who are well known locally. The members of
the group by section are:
-- Trumpets Brent Sandy, a UI and Cornell College faculty
member and local professional player with the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto
Maiz; Bill Bergen, a professional player from Des Moines; Bill Pringle, band
director at City High School in Iowa City; and John Cord, a UI jazz student
-- Trombones Rich Medd, a band director at Iowa City West
High School and a local professional player with the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa
Alto Maiz; Rapson; Chuck Mead, a local professional player and member of the
Quad City Symphony; and Bryan Hardester, an incoming doctoral student at the
UI and a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music;
-- Saxophones Chris Merz, a local professional player
and new jazz faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa; Rodney Pierson,
a UI alumnus and local professional player who teaches through West Music
in Coralville; Bob Thompson, a local professional player with the Orquesta
de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz; Luke Ziegenhorn, a UI jazz student from Muscatine;
and Jane Williams, a recent UI graduate with a master's degree in saxophone
-- Rhythm section players Steve Grismore ,guitar, a faculty
member at the UI and Augustana College and a local professional player with
the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz; Brad Townsend, bass, a UI jazz student;
and Jim Dreier, drums, a faculty member at the UI and Augustana College and
a local professional player with the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz.
The complete program of the concert will comprise:
-- Tadd Dameron's "Cool Breeze," written for the Billy
Eckstine Orchestra. An unsung hero of jazz history, Dameron helped introduce
the innovations of bebop to the big band and was a precursor of "Cool Jazz"
in the 1950s;
-- three pieces by Ellington: "Such Sweet Thunder," the
opener for a suite of the same title that Ellington wrote as a tribute to
William Shakespeare; "Bula," an exotic ballad; and "Diminuendo and Crescendo
In Blue," performed at Newport Jazz Festival in 1956 that revived Ellington's
-- two Rapson originals, which were recently recorded
by the UI Johnson County Landmark jazz band on an album titled "Daydreams
from the Prairie": Tulip Jive Dance," based on soca and calypso rhythms, and
"Paradox," a slower song with lush harmonies; and
-- four pieces by Carla Bley: "Fast Lane," a humorous
nod to John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" that includes car horns and traffic jams
that interrupt the musical flow; and three spirited songs from the popular
album "The Carla Big Band Goes to Church," which were played in Clapp Recital
Hall during Bley's March visit to the UI -- "One Way," "Who Will Rescue You?"
An extraordinarily versatile musician, Bley has performed
in a variety of jazz styles and settings. Her written compositions range from
big-band jazz charts to chamber music that straddles the divide between jazz
and contemporary concert music, to solo piano pieces for classical pianist
Ursula Oppens, to the fusion opera "Escalator Over the Hill." Her music has
been performed by pianist Keith Jarrett, vibes virtuoso Gary Burton, bassist
Charlie Haden, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, Pink
Floyd drummer Nick Mason, and countless jazz musicians around the world.
John Carlson is a freelance artist from Brooklyn who plays
in many jazz formats and has been featured on many albums. He currently plays
in the Machito Latin Jazz Orchestra and has appeared on recordings with the
Charlie Kolhase Quintet and The Either/Orchestra. He recently performed in
Iowa City in March of 2000 with pianist David Berkman. He is on campus during
the week of June 17-22 as a guest artist and clinician with the UI Summer
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing
Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.
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