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UNI Jazz Band One to perform at Englert Theatre

March 26, 2014

Chris Merz, director of jazz studies, UNI School of Music, 319-273-3077,

Caroline Boehmer, communication and operations coordinator, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One will perform at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 9. The event will include performances by Jazz Band One and the University of Iowa's premiere big band, Johnson County Landmark. The concert will also feature Iowa-born saxophonist Dick Oatts as guest soloist.

Oatts grew up in Jefferson and attended Drake University before starting his professional career. He has performed with numerous groups and artists, including Mel Lewis, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra. Oatts is currently professor and artistic director of jazz studies at Temple University.

UNI Jazz Band One is the School of Music's premiere performing group. The ensemble is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and has appeared at festivals all over the country and in Europe. It is one of the longest running jazz programs in the United States and hosts one of the largest high school jazz festivals in the country each year. The band is directed by Chris Merz, director of jazz studies.

For more information, contact Caroline Boehmer, UNI School of Music communication and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or