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UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I to Perform CD Release Concert May 1

RELEASED: April 25, 2008

CD cover for Jazz in Clear Water0Buleria, Solea' Y Rumba
Jazz in Clear Water-Buleria, Solea' Y Rumba CD will be available at the Jazz Ensemble I concert May 1.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's national award-winning Jazz Ensemble I will present a CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. May 1 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The ensemble will celebrate its 13th CD release, "Jazz in Clear Water-Buleria, Solea' Y Rumba." Copies of the new CD will be available at the concert.

Jazz I, under the direction of Robert Baca, professor of music, will begin with Frank Foster's "G'on an' Git it Y'all," featuring sophomore Brandon Covelli, Racine, on piano; senior John Raymond, Golden Valley, Minn., on trumpet; junior Matt Caine, Duluth, Minn., on trombone; and junior Brian Handeland, Minneapolis, Minn., on tenor saxophone.

The ensemble will premiere famed jazz pianist Thelonius Monk's unusual composition "Trinkle Tinkle," written for big band by the chief writer for the Mario Bauza big band, Michael Mossman. "Are You Real," one of nine standard compositions by saxophone legend Benny Golson, arranged by trombonist and assistant professor of music Dr. Phillip Ostrander, will follow, featuring senior Keith Karns, North Pole, Alaska, on trumpet, and Handeland on tenor saxophone. The concert will feature a student composition and title track of the ensemble's next CD, "Going Up," by senior Corey Cunningham, Holmen. The concert's first half will end with arrangements by alumni Jamey Simmons and Kyle Newmaster: "Autumn In New York" by Vernon Duke, featuring Raymond; and "Song Of The Underground Railroad," featuring senior Evan Benidt, Minneapolis.

The concert's second half will begin with "Joy Spring" by Clifford Brown and the epic composition "Damascus" by Simmons, featuring junior Rachel Carter, Waukesha, on trombone; sophomore Aaron Hedenstrom, Saint Paul, Minn., on soprano saxophone; Benidt on tenor saxophone and Raymond on trumpet. Next will be "36 Roses" by Geoff Keezer and "Sentimental Journey" by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer, featuring junior vocalist Stephanie Benson, Mankato, Minn. The concert will conclude with "Time Check" by Don Menza, featuring Benidt on tenor saxophone, Cunningham on guitar, and senior Kyle Good, Waukesha, on drums.

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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