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Aug. 20, 2004

Dan Knight Trio Plays Jazz At UI Museum Of Art Sept. 3

The Dan Knight Trio, featuring the well-known Iowa City jazz pianist, will perform at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, in the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA).

This is the second of a series of jazz performances at the UIMA, presented on first Fridays through the fall semester. Knight, who has a longstanding relationship with the Museum of Art, will also play on Fridays Oct. 1 and Nov. 5. Other jazz artists will play on first Fridays that Knight is not in the museum.

"I'm happy to be making the first Fridays of each month the only place where I'll be doing regular public performances in the Iowa City area," Knight said. "With the support of the public, this will be my musical 'home' for a long time to come."

Knight has often played in the museum. In 1999 he recorded and released a CD of music inspired by nine paintings in the museum's permanent collection, "Pictures at an Exhibition," and he played in the UIMA twice during the spring semester of 2004.

A Steinway Artist as well as a composer, educator and a respected improviser, Knight became interested in both keyboard instruments and jazz when he was only four years old. Over the years, he has built a worldwide reputation. Claude Nobs, founder and artistic director of the Montreux Jazz Festival, said "Knight is incontestably one of the finest solo pianists in the world. (He) is quietly establishing a place for himself among the masters of jazz piano."

Knight has made several CD recordings for After Hours Recordings, including "Dan Knight and the La Fosse Jazz Trio: Live from Studio III," recorded with the late UI violin faculty member Leopold La Fosse; "Dan Knight: Montreux"; "Dan Knight: Do You Hear What I Hear"; "Dan Knight Duo: Live at Riverside Theatre"; and "Dan Knight Quartet: Live at the Cottonwood Club."

More information on Knight is available at his web page,

Admission to UIMA is free. Admission to the performance -- $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members -- will be collected at the door of the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar available in the atrium during the performance.

Museum memberships are available for contributions of $25 or more. Contributions support exhibitions, programs and acquisitions by the museum. For further information, contact the museum's membership coordinator, Buffie Tucker, at 319-353-2847 or by email at .

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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