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UW-Eau Claire Jazz I to Perform Swing Celebration April 30

RELEASED: April 28, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I will perform its spring concert, "Swing: The Velocity of Celebration," at 7:30 p.m. April 30 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Jazz I, under the direction of Bob Baca, professor of music and director of jazz studies, will begin with a piece by Duke Ellington, performed in tribute to Ellington and Louie Bellson, who Baca said "will go down in history as one of the top three jazz drummers who ever lived." Both jazz legends recently died. The piece, "Skin Deep," will feature Jazz I's drummers, Brian Claxton and Kyle Goode. Next will be Billy Strayhorn's "Daydream," featuring trombonist Kyle Siegrist, followed by a tribute to Freddie Hubbard, who Baca described as "one of the greatest improvising legends in all jazz history." The selections by Hubbard, featuring John Raymond on trumpet, will include "Hub Tones," "Thermo," "Delphia" and "Red Clay." Next will be an original piece by junior Aaron Hedenstrom, St. Paul, Minn. Hedenstrom wrote "Soul Searching" for recent Jazz Festival guest artist Chris Potter. The first half of the concert will close with "Sumo," a brand new composition by world-renowned composer David Stamp.

The second half of the concert will begin with Count Basie's "Circus in Rhythm." The remainder of the concert will feature swing tunes originally performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra, beginning with "Love for Sale," featuring Rachel Carter and trombones, followed by "Artistry in Boogie," featuring Brandon Covelli on piano. Next will be Kenton's "September Song," "Stardust" and "Machito." Jazz I will conclude its concert with one of Kenton's favorite closers, Concerto to End All Concertos.

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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