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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 18, 2004

Jazz Repertory Ensemble Celebrates Count Basie's 100th Birthday

The University of Iowa Jazz Repertory Ensemble will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz great "Count" Basie with a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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. The director is Brent Sandy from the jazz-area faculty in the UI School of Music.

"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 100th anniversary of Basie's birth gives the JRE a good reason to present a full set of music made famous by the Basie Orchestra. Unlike Johnson County Landmark, whose earlier program included Basie material from the 1930s and '40s, we will present music recorded in the '50s and '60s -- music from the 'Atomic Basie' album recorded in 1959 and 'Live at the Sands' recorded in 1966."

"The second half of the program with feature music of other great American jazz composers and arrangers: Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Bob Brookmeyer and Oliver Nelson."

Works on the Basie portion of the concert will include "Li'l Darlin'," "Flight of the Foo Birds," "Makin' Whoopee" and "Moten Swing." After intermission the program will include Brookmeyer's "ABC Blues," Nelson's "Black, Brown and Beautiful," Evans' "Thoroughbread" and Mingus' "Moanin'."

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, the Grismore Scea Group 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 for 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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