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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 2, 2005

Cutting Edge Jazz Artist Eric Person Will Play At The UI Nov. 14

Jazz composer and saxophonist Eric Person and his band Meta-Four will give a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

Their performance at the UI is sponsored by the jazz area of the UI School of Music.

In addition to Person, the current line-up in Meta-Four is pianist John Esposito, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Pete O'Brian. For the concert, Person and Meta-Four will play original material from their compact discs, including their new CD, "Live At Big Sur."

John Rapson, head of the jazz area, said "Eric has been on the cutting edge of the jazz scene for many years and has worked with such veterans as McCoy Tyner and Dave Holland. His music is energetic and soulful. His quartet has the kind of chemistry that only comes from kindred spirits who've worked a long time on developing an original repertoire and sound.

It's bound to be powerful and we're very fortunate to be able to present him free to the public in such an intimate setting as Harper Hall."

Critic Roman St. James wrote for Indie Monkey, "I hate to use cliches, but Eric Person is, as the saying goes, one of jazz's 'best kept secrets.' A musician of amazing talent, both as a saxophonist and a composer, it's a wonder that he is not more widely known." And Steven Fullwood described Person as a "saxophonist with finesse, one that can handle straight-ahead mid-tempo joints as well as softer, more malleable ballads."

Person has been active on the New York City and International scene for 20 years. He studied at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and has played with many of the legends in modern jazz: Holland, Tyner, Chico Hamilton, Ben Harper, the World Saxophone Quartet, Ronald Shannon Jackson and many more. He formed the Meta-Four after playing with these and other major jazz artists in New York.

Person placed in the top ten of Downbeat Magazine's Readers Poll for soprano sax for four years in a row, 1992 through 1995.

You can read more about Person at his Web page,

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