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Jan. 11, 2007

UI Jazz Combos Will Present Extravaganza Jan. 19

The jazz studies area of the University of Iowa School of Music will present "Jazz Extravaganza," a concert by four bands featuring graduate and undergraduate students, at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, an evening of original works and arrangements for a variety of unusual combos, will be free and open to the public. The jazz guitar will be much in evidence, since the program includes one guitar ensemble of no fewer than five guitarists, one of whom is featured in each of the other bands.

The four groups and their programs are listed below:

--The Jazz Guitar Ensemble, comprising Tom Ott, Chris Dimond, Max Lerman, Matt Logan and faculty member Steve Grismore on guitar, along with Drew Morton, bass, and Johnny Caudy and Brian McDonough, drums. Their program will include: "Loose Appoloosa" by Chris Buzelli, "Sand Bag" and "Wire Service" by Dave Frankenpohl, and "The Kook" and "Man That's Neat" by Jack Peterson.

--Chuck and the All-Nighters, an organ/guitar band of four players: Ott on guitar with Chuck Michaelson, organ; Jarrett Hothan, bass; and David Bertolatas, drums. Their program will include: "Tyrone" by Larry Young, "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb, and Ott's "Down and Dirty."

--Living Proof, a quintet of Ott with Brian Smith, trumpet; David DeVasto, piano; Drew Morton, bass; and Rob Baner, drums. Their program will include Ott's transcription of "Brooklyn Sometimes" by Kurt Rosenwinkel,  "All Along" by David DeVasto and "Afro Centric" by Joe Henderson.

--The Jazztet, made up of Dimond on guitar with Mark Runkles, tenor sax; Andrew McNamara, piano; Israel Neuman, bass; and Tom VonderHaar, drums. They will play Dimond's "Baptizing Hume," "Jesus Maria" by Carla Bley and Rinkle's transcription of "The Source" by Chris Potter.

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