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Nov. 16, 2006

JRE Includes Ray Charles Tribute On Big-Band Jazz Concert Dec. 2

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert of big-band jazz at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 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 (JRE) 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. Filled with undergraduate and graduate students from the university, JRE performs pieces from all styles and genres of creative music. 

"The program will open with 'Let the Good Times Roll,' played in tribute to Ray Charles," Sandy said.

"Pieces by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Thad Jones and Bob Berg are also on the program. 'Isotope,' composed by Joe Henderson and arranged by UI alumnus Christopher Merz, now director of jazz studies at the University of Northern Iowa, will close the concert."

The complete program will be:

--"Let The Good Times Roll," tribute to Ray Charles.

--"Love For Sale" by Cole Porter, arranged by Francy Boland.

--"Prelude To A Kiss" by Duke Ellington, arranged by Billy Strayhorn.

--"Ahunk, Ahunk" by Thad Jones.

--"The Kid From Red Bank" by Neal Hefti.

--"Doodlin'" by Horace Silver, arranged by J. LaBarbera.

--"Friday Night At The Cadillac Club" by Bob Berg, arranged by Mike Crotty.

--"Next Season" by Tom Matta.

--Henderson's "Isotope," arranged by Merz.

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. For more, see:

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