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April 8, 2004

UI Jazz Repertory Ensemble Performs April 24

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert featuring the work of a UI alumnus and a current student, alongside works by recognized jazz masters, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2004 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 ensembles in the UI School of Music. Based on the standard big-band instrumentation, JRE has full sections of reed, brass and rhythm instruments.

"JRE is made up of undergraduate and graduate students whose goal is to re-interpret and perform works of various styles, written and/or arranged for big band from 1930 to the present," Sandy said. "From Basie and Ellington to writers of today, from swing to samba, JRE covers, studies and reinterprets."

The April 24 concert includes works by Benny Carter, Horace Silver, Neil Hefti, Billy Strayhorn, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Ary Barroso and Bob Washut. Also featured is a piece written by Israel Neuman, a jazz department graduate student, performed in a trio setting. Chris Merz, a UI alumnus and now the director of jazz studies at the University of Northern Iowa, is represented with his arrangement of Wayne Shorter's "Deluge".

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with local and regional jazz groups including 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 trumpet and flugelhorn artist.

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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