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Guest Pianist to Perform with UW-Eau Claire's
Jazz Ensemble I in "From Cuba with Love" Nov. 30

RELEASED: Nov. 20, 2007

Nachito Herrera at piano

Read recent Volume One and Leader-Telegram articles about Nachito Herrera's partnership and upcoming performance with UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I, with special guest pianist Nachito Herrera, will perform a fall concert, "From Cuba with Love," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Jazz I, under the direction of Robert Baca, professor of music, will begin the performance with "Reverence" by John Clayton. The ensemble also will perform McCoy Tyner's "Effendi," featuring sophomore Aaron Hedenstrom, St. Paul, Minn., on alto saxophone, and Alan Baylock's "We'll Be Together Again," featuring senior Keith Karns, North Pole, Alaska, on trumpet. Following will be "Dawson's Freak" by Greg Kehle Moore; alumnus Steve Hobert's "Even Swans Have a Mischievous Side," with sophomore Brandon Covelli, Racine, on piano; and Maria Schneider's "The Pretty Road," with senior John Raymond, Golden Valley, Minn., on trumpet.

The second half of the concert will open with Billy May's "You're Driving Me Crazy" and Vince Mendoza's "Freefall," featuring seniors Adam Braatz, Sun Prairie, on piano, and Evan Benidt, Minneapolis, on tenor saxophone. Next will be Michael Mossman's "Night In Tunisia" and Tito Puente's "Tico Tico," featuring Herrera on piano. The concert will conclude with Joseph Mohr's "Silent Night."

Nachito Herrera has toured and performed with such musicians as Tito Puente, Oscar de Leon, Tata Quines, Emilio del Monte and others. In his twenties, he became the musical director at the famous Tropicana night club in Cuba. In the late 1990s, Herrera joined Cubanismo as its lead pianist, musical director and arranger.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $5 for the general public; $4 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.

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