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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 25, 2005

UI Jazz Repertory Ensemble Performs Jazz Royalty Nov. 12

The University of Iowa Jazz Repertory Ensemble will perform music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and other jazz royalty on the band's fall concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of Brent Sandy, will be free and open to the public.

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble is one of three big bands, and at least 10 combos of varying size, supported by the jazz studies area of the UI School of Music. Based on the standard big-band instrumentation, it has full sections of reed, brass and rhythm instruments. Made up of students in the UI School of Music, the Jazz Repertory Ensemble performs works by established jazz masters as well as new works by UI students and other jazz composers.

The complete program on Nov. 12 includes works performed and/or recorded by Basie, Ellington, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bob Mintzer and John Clayton. Among other titles, the program will include Ellington's  "Jack the Bear"; his "In a Mellotone" as performed by Basie; Harold Arlen's "Come Rain or Come Shine," arranged by Bill Stapleton; Nelson's "Stolen Moments"; and Mintzer's "Latin Dance."

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, Equilateral and Anthony Cox's Shovel. 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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