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UNI's Jazz Band One will perform with guest artist Kenny Wheeler

April 4, 2011

Chris Merz, associate professor, jazz studies, 319-273-3077,

Caroline Boehmer, administrative assistant, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Jazz Band One will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 22, at Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus as part of the 2010-2011 Spotlight Series. Guest artist Kenny Wheeler will be featured at the event.

Wheeler, a noted jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator, is one of Europe's most sought-after trumpet and flugelhorn players. Guest vocalist Rachel Price (UNI '08) will also perform, along with Chris Merz, UNI associate professor of jazz studies and jazz division chair; Bob Washut, professor in the UNI School of Music; Bob Dunn, instructor in the School of Music; and David Dunn, piano maintenance technician and coordinator in the School of Music.

The concert, under the direction of Merz, will feature Jazz Band One performing Kenny Wheeler's "Sweet Time Suite" in its entirety. The band will also premiere a new composition by UNI School of Music graduate student Peter Roberts titled "Let Go." The faculty jazz combo will accompany Wheeler on his compositions "Everybody's Song But My Own," "Mark Time" and "The Jigsaw."

A champagne toast at intermission and a post-concert reception will honor the 60th anniversary of the first ever UNI (Iowa State Teacher's College) jazz band. Alumni from the original band will be present and honored throughout the evening. New artwork by Dale Chihuly will be unveiled at intermission, and artwork by Emanuel Vardi will be on display for viewing as well.

UNI's Jazz Band One 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 concert is ticketed and open to the public. To order tickets, call 319-273-4TIX. For more information about the concert or other UNI School of Music events, contact Caroline Boehmer at 319-273-2028 or