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March 19, 2004

Pianist Dan Knight Performs At UI Museum Of Art April 2

Dan Knight, a world-renowned jazz pianist from Iowa City, will perform at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 2 in the newly renovated Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

Knight will perform some of his own compositions as well as several jazz favorites. A cash bar will be available. This is Knight's second Friday evening performance at the UIMA this year.

Knight has an ongoing relationship with the UIMA. In 1999 he recorded and released a CD of music inspired by nine paintings in the museum's permanent collection, "Pictures at an Exhibition." Knight has also performed at the UIMA several times.

A Steinway Artist and respected improviser, Knight became interested in both keyboard instruments and jazz when he was only four years old. He has performed with many well-known musicians including saxophonist Bobby Watson and trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis.

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."

Admission to the UI Museum of Art is free. Admission to Knight's performance will be $10 at the door.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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