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Nov. 21, 2003

UI Jazz Repertory Ensemble Features Jazz Masters On Dec. 6 Concert

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert featuring compositions by classic jazz masters as well as music by a UI student at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The free concert is under the direction of Brent Sandy from the jazz-area faculty in the UI School of Music.

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble (JRE) is one of two large jazz ensemble in the UI School of Music. Based on the standard big-band instrumentation, JRE has full sections of reed, brass and rhythm instruments. Made up largely of students in the UI School of Music, the JRE is dedicated to rehearsing and performing the compositions of jazz masters that have created a vast variety of literature from which to choose.

The ensemble's fall concert will include compositions by Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Bobby Timmons, Oliver Nelson and Quincy Jones. Also on the program are works by noted arrangers Frank Mantooth and Mark Taylor, as well as a piece performed by jazz trio written by Jazz teaching assistant and ensemble member Michael Amandes.

The complete program will be:
--"Count 'Em" by Quincy Jones;
--"Dat Dere" by Bobby Timmons, arranged by Mark Taylor;
--"A Child Is Born" by Thad Jones;
--"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" by Duke Ellington, arranged by Sammy Nestico;
--"Emancipation Blues" by Oliver Nelson;
--"Basie Straight Ahead" by Sammy Nestico;
--"Are You Everything" by Amandes;
--"Mean To Me" by Ahlert/Turk, arranged by Frank Mantooth; and
--"Cottontail" by Duke Ellington.

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 Alto Maiz, the OddBar Trio and Equilateral. As a former 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/Selmer and a 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.

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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