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Release: Nov. 8, 2002


The Jazz Repertory Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert featuring a combination of classic big-band music and Latin jazz, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be directed by Brent Sandy, a faculty member form the jazz studies area of the UI School of Music. Featured percussion soloists in the Latin jazz portion of the program will be Dan Moore, head of the percussion are of the School of Music, and James Dreier, jazz-area faculty and founder of the UI Afro-Cuban Drum Ensemble.

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble is one of three big bands, and at least 10 combos of varying size, supported by the jazz studies area of the UI School of Music. Based on the standard big-band instrumentation, it has full sections of reed, brass and rhythm instruments. Made up largely of students in the UI School of Music, the Jazz Repertory Ensemble performs works by established jazz masters as well as new works by UI students and other jazz composers.

The full program on Nov. 23 will feature works from the repertories of the big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Woody Herman, as well as small group works arranged for big bands by Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus. The concert will close with Moore and Dreier soloing in Latin jazz compositions by legends Mario Bauza and Tito Puente, as arranged by Michael Philip Mossman.

Familiar jazz titles on the program will include Quincy Jones’ big-band arrangement of “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”; Horace Silver’s “Doodlin’”; Charles Mingus’ tribute to the great jazz saxophonist Lester Young, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”; and Dick Vance’s arrangement for the Duke Ellington band of “Peanut Vendor.” These and other big-band charts will feature solo work by the students in the Jazz Repertory Ensemble.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with local jazz groups including the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, the OddBar Trio and Equilateral. As a member of the Orquesta Alto Maiz and OddBar he has made seven CDs, toured Europe in 1998 and twice been featured on “Jazzset with Branford Marsalis” on National Public Radio.

He is an educational specialist/clinician and Conn Vintage One artist with United Musical Instruments, a division of United Musical Instruments, USA, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Jazz Festival.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he is considered a “total percussionist.”

As a soloist, Moore has developed a unique new style of marimba performance, using a MIDI set-up that allows him to create layers of electronically triggered and natural acoustic sounds. For the past 12 years he has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore Duo, whose CD “Cricket City” has been described by Pan-lime Magazine as “a brilliant collage of pan-marimba pieces.”

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written for Jazz Player, Sticks and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.

Dreier is an adjunct professor in the jazz studies area of the UI School of Music, as well as drumset and Latin percussion specialist at Augustana College in Davenport. At the UI he coaches small jazz groups, directs the Afro Cuban Drum Ensemble, assists with the large-format jazz bands, and teaches drumset and world percussion. As a member of the Orquesta de Alto Maiz he has performed throughout the Midwest and in Europe. He has studied percussion and drumming in Brazil and Cuba and written articles for the professional journal Percussive Notes.

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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