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Oct. 26, 2007

Jazz Repertory Ensemble will present fall concert Nov. 11

The University of Iowa Jazz Repertory Ensemble will present its fall concert of big-band jazz at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The performance, under the direction of UI jazz studies faculty member 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 largely 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 Jazz Repertory Ensemble's mission is to prepare and perform the compositions of the master composers and arrangers of the genre," Sandy said. "Our fall program fills this mission very well with pieces from Gil Evans, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, Neil Hefti, Bob Brookmeyer and Maria Schneider, as performed by the Count Basie Orchestra, Oliver Nelson and the UI's own director of jazz studies, John Rapson.

"The two pieces ending each set are exquisite pieces by Brookmeyer and Schneider, testing not only the ability of the performer, but the imagination of the listener as well."

The Nov. 11 concert will feature solos by members of all sections of the JRE. The complete program will be:

-- "Rhoda Map" by Thad Jones;

-- "Bluebird of Dehli" and "Blue Pepper" from Duke Ellington's "Far East Suite";

-- "Black, Brown and Beautiful" by Oliver Nelson;

-- "Wrgly" by Maria Schneider;

-- "Whirlybird" by Neal Hefti;

-- Gil Evans' arrangement of "The Maids of Cadiz" by Leo Delibes";

-- Rapson's "Motown; and

-- "Nasty Dance" by Bob Brookmeyer.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. He performs regularly with local and regional jazz groups including the OddBar Trio, the Grismore Scea Group and Equilateral. For more information see:

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