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UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I
And Guest Byron Stripling to Perform
MAILED: April 25, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I will perform a spring concert highlighting music by jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie and featuring guest performer and trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
Robert Baca, associate professor of music and theatre arts, conducts the award-winning ensemble, recently named one of the best collegiate jazz ensembles in the country for the fourth time in six years by Down Beat magazine.
The group will kick off the concert with "All the Things You Are" by Jerome Kern, and follow with "Have You Heard" by Pat Metheny, "Shade of the Cedar Tree" by Christian McBride, and a number of big band swing era pieces featuring Stripling on trumpet, such as Duke Ellington's "Boy Meets Horn," Louis Armstrong's version of "Tiger Rag" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Indiana." A few pieces, like "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "Ooo Pa Pa Da," will include vocals.
Stripling enjoys a global reputation, and has played everywhere from New Orleans' Basin Street to London's West End and Japan's Ginza District. Also an accomplished actor and singer, Stripling was chosen, following a worldwide search, to star in the lead role of the musical "Satchmo." He is a favorite with pops orchestras throughout the country, soloing with The Boston Pops on the PBS television special "Evening at Pops," as well as with the Virginia Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Boca Raton Pops, Knoxville Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, American Jazz Philharmonic and others.
On the day of the concert, Stripling will rehearse with Jazz Ensemble I in Room 139 of the Haas Fine Arts Center from noon-2 p.m. and will give a master class in the same room from 2-4 p.m.
"Byron is one of my favorite trumpet players to listen to in any style," said Baca. "I played with the Minnesota Orchestra in a concert where he was a guest soloist. The orchestra hall audience is a tough crowd, but Byron received a standing ovation for nearly every piece he performed. I spoke to one of my friends who heard him with the Boston Pops Orchestra and apparently their reaction was the same. We are very fortunate to have a player of this caliber coming to our town," said Baca.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $4.75 for the general public; $3.75 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.25 for students with a university ID.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 25, 2002