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Release: June 14, 2002
Concerts will put local jazz musicians in front of students and the public,
June 25, 26 and 27
attending the All-State Jazz Camp at the university of Iowa will receive a
musical treat, and the public is invited to share in the fun. Faculty of the
camp and other local jazz professionals will present a series of three varied
concerts, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 25, 26 and 27.
The performances, all at 8 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall, will be: A concert
by Oftensemble, an ensemble of UI jazz faculty, on Tuesday; a Night
of Trios, featuring three professional jazz trios, on Wednesday; and
a concert by the University of Iowa Summer Ensemble (JUISE), comprised of
UI faculty, local jazz professionals, educators and select students from the
UI School of Music, on Thursday.
All three concerts will be free and open to the public.
John Rapson, the head of the jazz area of the UI School of Music and coordinator
of the jazz camp, commented, Because jazz is best learned from mentors,
we try to expose students to as many performances as possible during the jazz
camp. These three concerts will give them a chance to hear groups from trios
to larger ensembles, and a wide variety of jazz styles.
The great thing about playing for the students is that you never know
when a piece or a group is going to spark some creativity in a young musician
that pays off in a big way later. And since these musicians also play for
each other, theres a good chance that some sparks will fly.
Oftensemble was formed in 1994 by UI graduates Tim ODell and Steve
Grismore, as an opportunity for local professionals to write new music steeped
in the jazz tradition and to play together in a larger ensemble.
The current group features eight players: Rapson on trombone; Brent Sandy
on trumpet and flugelhorn; Robert Paredes on clarinet and bass clarinet; Bob
Thompson on alto and tenor saxophones and flute; Steve Grismore on guitar;
Dan Moore on marimba, vibes and percussion; Paul Cunliffe on drums and percussion;
and Jim Dreier on drums and percussion.
For the Tuesday concert, Oftensemble will play two new pieces that Rapson
wrote during a recent visit to Brazil.
The three groups featured Wednesday on the Night of Trios will be Standard
AIR, OddBar and the Richmond/Thomas Trio.
The members of Standard AIR are Anton Hatwich, upright bass, Ira (John) Rapson,
trombone, and Robert Paredes, clarinet. The group takes its name from the
first initial of the three players first names: Anton, Ira and Robert.
Rapson, who usually is known as John, decided to use Ira, his given first
name, to create the groups name.
The acoustic trio concentrates on jazz standards. The group was originally
founded as a vehicle for us to just rummage through the standards book and
play for our own enjoyment, Rapson says. And because we don't
have a standard rhythm section, the context left a lot of room for everyone
to solo with space to play very quietly and in every range of our instruments.
OddBar is made up of three members of the UI jazz faculty: Steve Grismore,
guitar, Brent sandy, trumpet, and Jim Dreier, drums.
The third trio on Wednesday will bring together saxophonist Kim Richmond,
a professional player with a very active career in the Los Angeles jazz scene
and a guest artists at the jazz camp; pianist Reggie Thomas, a seasoned professional
who teaches at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and also a guest
artist for the camp; and bassist Mark Urness from the UI faculty.
Now in its fourth summer season, JUISE was started as an opportunity for
local professionals to get together and read music they all enjoyed. The group
has now turned more to public performance, but without loosing any of the
fun. Their Thursday night performance will feature works arranged by the music
camps guest artists, Richmond and Thomas.
Rapson said: We started out as a reading band, but now
JUISE has become more like serious fun. None of us would give
this band up -- the literature is so great and we look forward to hearing
each other play. We pretty much knock each other out.
The members of JUISE are by section are:
-- Trumpets Brent Sandy, a UI and Cornell College faculty member; John Cord,
a UI jazz student from Newhall; Steve Wheeler from Council Bluffs; Steve Hanson
--Trombones Rapson; Mike McMann, a UI alumnus now teaching in eastern Iowa;
Aaron Rader, a recent UI alumnus; and Bryan Hardester, a doctoral student
at the UI;
-- Saxophones Richmond; Bob Thompson, a local professional player; Luke Ziegenhorn,
a UI jazz student from Muscatine; UI alumnus Ed McKinley; and Ben Lazano a
UI student from Des Moines;
--Rhythm section players Thomas on piano; Steve Grismore, guitar, a faculty
member at the UI and Augustana College; Brad Townsend, bass, a UI jazz student;
and Jim Dreier, drums, a faculty member at the UI.
The All-State Music Camp is sponsored by the UI School of Music and directed
by Kevin Kastens, who also directs the UI Hawkeye Marching Band.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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