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University of Iowa News Release

June 26, 2006

UI Jazz Faculty Form A Sextet For July 7 Concert

The full faculty of the jazz area of the University of Iowa School of Music -- forming a sextet of trumpet, saxophone, guitar, piano, bass and drums -- will join together to present a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, July 7 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be the last UI appearance for bass player Anthony Cox, who has been teaching in the jazz program for the past two years. Cox is returning to his hometown of Minneapolis to begin teaching at Augsburg College in the fall.

Other performers in the faculty sextet will be Brent Sandy, trumpet; Bob Thompson, saxophone; Steve Grismore, guitar; John Rapson, head of jazz studies, piano; and Jim Dreier, drums.

"The program will include something old and something new," Rapson, who organized the concert, said. Among the "something new" will be a new composition from Rapson called "Elizabeth," a waltz that becomes a slow walk in five. The program will also include an original by Dreier called "Iowa-gua-co," a modern melody built over a salsa beat known as "gua gua co" (pronounced wah-WAH-ko).

Standards on the program will include "Just Friends," "Have You Met Miss Jones?" and "Polkadots and Moonbeams," a favorite of the late Robert Paredes, a faculty member in the jazz area who died in 2005.

Other pieces might be called both old and new: "Teo" by Thelonious Monk, an updated version of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" and an upbeat treatment of "New Orleans Shuffle."

The Jazz Studies program at the UI School of Music includes 11 ensembles and nine other courses that are open to all qualified UI students. You can read more about the program and the individual faculty members at

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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