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Feb. 18, 2005

Dan Knight And Don Blew Perform At UI Museum Of Art March 4

Jazz pianist Dan Knight continues his ongoing series of performances at the UI Museum of Art (UIMA) with "Dan Knight and Don Blew -- Together Again for the First Time!" at 5 p.m. Friday, March, 4 in the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

The performance, with pieces taken from a CD of the same title, will bring together the Dan Knight Trio and guitarist Dan Blew from Ottumwa. Members of the Dan Knight Trio are Knight, piano; Ron Hillis, bass; and Nick George, percussion.

"Don Blew is from my hometown of Ottumwa, and he's the first jazz musician I ever heard play 'live'," Knight said. "When he came to my junior high music class to demonstrate the art of improvisation, I knew my life had changed forever -- I had to become a jazz musician, too. I found out that Don and his Trio performed at a place called the Red Lyon Inn. I used to ride my bicycle to the restaurant and stand outside the front door so I could listen to him."

"Since then, it has been a dream of mine to someday play with Don. When the opportunity came to do a concert in Ottumwa last November, I called him immediately. I was honored when he said yes. The concert was an overwhelming success. And Don Blew is playing better now than ever. I'm happy beyond words that we had the foresight to record the concert, and that the recording is of such great quality.

"That evening was a dream come true for me, and for a lot of Don's fans as well. It's been tremendous . . . since the concert and the release of this recording, Don is finally getting some of the recognition he's deserved for years. He was one of the finest jazz guitarists in the world back in 1975, and nothing's changed since then. '='The Legend' is playing better than ever!"

Pieces in the program March 4 will include: "C Jam Blues" by Duke Ellington, "Summertime" by George Gershwin, "Hey, Good Lookin' " by Hank Williams, "The Preacher" by Horace Silver, the traditional jazz standards "Down by the Riverside" and "House of the Rising Sun," and "What a Wonderful World" by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz.

Knight has a regular date, playing at the UIMA on the first Friday of each month. Knight, who has a longstanding relationship with the museum, will also play on Fridays April 1 and May 6.

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 has built a worldwide reputation. He 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 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 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.

CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,