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Release: Sept. 18, 2001

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra returns to UI with 'United in Swing' concert Oct. 6

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) will return to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium with a concert entitled "United in Swing" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

The band's most extensive tour ever, celebrating the past and present of big-band jazz, began in Los Angeles on Sept. 13, only two days after the terrorist tragedy in New York and Washington, D.C., which led Marsalis to comment, "Our music is about uplifting the human spirit and what we achieve when we work together. We know that everyone supports the relief efforts in their own way, and ours is through music While it's a humble offering, it's the best we can do."

On this tour, the LCJO will perform a different program every night, drawing on a vast repertoire that spans the history of jazz -- from masterpieces by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk to new compositions -- with an emphasis on music by John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, and original compositions by Marsalis and other LCJO members.

Marsalis, who was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in March 2000, said: "Wherever the LCJO plays throughout the world, audiences have the same joyous reaction to the pulse of swing and the sweet sound of a singing horn. Over this next season, we are going to bring this same feeling all over the country where jazz was born. Our goal is to see America truly United in Swing."

Since it started touring in 1992, the LCJO has gone on 20 tours, which have reached more than 250 cities in 30 countries on five continents. Hancher has become a regular stop not only for the LCJO, but for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet, which undertook extensive residencies in Iowa City, Decorah, Burlington and Pella through Hancher's three-year Network Project, supported by the Wallace-Readers Digest Fund.

The Oct. 6 concert will bring back to the UI several of the musicians that Iowa audiences have gotten to know through the residencies, including Iowa's own Ryan Kisor, Wess Anderson, Marcus Printup and Rodney Whitaker.

LCJO, composed of many of America's finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center (J@LC) resident orchestra for more than a decade. J@LC features the LCJO in nearly all aspects of its programming: the LCJO performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S., and around the globe; in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks, river boats, and churches; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, students, and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists.

The LCJO currently spends over half of the year on tour, and over the last few years the band has performed collaborations with many of the world's leading symphony orchestras.

The LCJO has appeared on television broadcasts across North and South America, Europe, Asia (including China), and Australia, including "The Tonight Show" and six "Live From Lincoln Center" broadcasts. The LCJO was also featured in the 1999 Thirteen/WNET "Great Performances" documentary "Swingin' with Duke." The LCJO can be heard on numerous CDs on Columbia Jazz.

Marsalis was one of the primary resources for the "Ken Burns Jazz" series on public television, which re-energized America's appreciation of this American musical creation.

J@LC is the world's largest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz. With the LCJO and a comprehensive array of guest artists, J@LC advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of education, performance and broadcast events for audiences of all ages.

These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, a weekly national radio program, television broadcasts, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, a jazz appreciation curriculum for children, advanced training through the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, music publishing, children's concerts, lectures, film programs, and student and educator workshops. J@LC will produce more than 400 events during its 2001-02 season.

Currently, Jazz at Lincoln Center is building its new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, the first-ever education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, slated to open in fall 2004.

Iowa State Bank and Trust Company is the local sponsor of the LCJO concert, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $40, $37 and $35. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: <>.

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