Thursday July 3:
United Jazz Ensemble
Every May, this collaborative high school ensemble comes together to prepare for the Jazz Festival. Directed by Rich Medd and Ryan Arp, the band is composed of students from Iowa City High School and West High School in Iowa City. For 20 years, this group has served as of one of signature elements of the Iowa City Jazz Festival’s commitment to education outreach. The deep immersion of students in jazz over the summer not only strengthens their musical growth, but builds a strong bond between the programs at the two schools. Their sound swings so hard that you can’t help but agree about the bright future of the music!
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Jared Gold Trio
Jared Gold's recent emergence as one of New York's most in demand organists comes from years of dedication to and respect for the Hammond B-3. His most recent recording is “Intuition” and like many of his recordings features Gold's original compositions combined with reworks of classic Motown tunes. Gold has also released “Golden Child” (2012), "All Wrapped Up" (2011), "Out of Line" (2010), "Supersonic" (2009), and "Solids and Stripes" (2008). In 2004, Dave Stryker included Jared in his newly formed organ trio with drummer Tony Reedus. With a mixture of adventurous original music and new takes on some old standards this group has been performing often, including a live WBGO broadcast from J and R music in NYC. Jared's writing and arranging skills are also featured in his collaboration with guitarist Randy Napoleon and drummer Quincy Davis. They have produced two CD's of which "Enjoy the Moment" (pko records) has received high acclaim and radio play throughout the country. Jared's discography also includes "The Chaser" with the Dave Stryker Trio, "Makin It" and "Plan", with the Oliver Lake group, "Going Somewhere" with the Avi Rothbard Trio, "Broadway Alley" with the William Ash Trio, and "Springloaded" with the Dan Pratt Organ Quartet.
Pedrito Martinez Group
The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Formed in 2008, the group has developed into an extraordinarily tight and musically creative unit. With a home base gig in Midtown Manhattan the group has built a fan base that includes Steve Gadd, Dave Weckel, Anton Fig, Steve Jordan Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Zigaboo Modeliste, Wynton Marsalis, Derek Trucks, and Herlin Riley. Members of the group include Padro "Pedrito" Martinez, from Havana, on percussion and vocals; percussionist, Jhair Sala, from Lima, Peru; electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides, from Caracas, Venezuela; and keyboard player/vocalist, Araicne Trujillo, from Havana, Cuba.
Friday, July 4:
North Corridor Jazz All Stars
The North Corridor All-Star Big Band is returning for its third performance at the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Like the United Jazz Ensemble, this group is composed of some of the most talented high school jazz musicians of the corridor from Cedar Rapids to Cedar Falls. Under the direction of Steve Shanley, the North Corridor Jazz All Stars will present a musically diverse program featuring the many facets of Big Band repertoire. Always ensured to be a romping and swinging live jam, the North Corridor Jazz All Stars will certainly have the crowd moving to the beat and grinning with local pride.
Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYm6liY5OmQ
As a special project to her ongoing work as a composer-bandleader and as a featured soloist in the Maria Schneider Orchestra, trumpeter/composer Ingrid Jensen has joined forces on an exceptional new release with her sister Christine Jensen – a gifted alto saxophonist, accomplished composer-arranger and bandleader in her own right – and Swedish pianist-composer Maggi Olin – a former schoolmate of Ingrid's at the Berklee College of Music. Along with Ingrid's husband Jon Wikan (an Alaskan-born Norwegian-blooded drummer) and Swedish bassist Mattias Welin, they explore their Nordic Connection. Critics have said that Ingrid Jensen is one of the most gifted hard-bop trumpeters of her generation and after this appearance, we’re confident the Iowa City Jazz Festival audience will agree. Returning to the Iowa City Jazz Festival with Ingrid is Geoffrey Keezer on piano. Geoffrey is Ingrid’s first choice when Maggi Olin is unavailable. The bassist for this gig is TBD.
The connection between the jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, and gospel genres has been well-documented. Etienne Charles exemplifies that amalgamation as well as anyone. Hailing from Trinidad, Etienne has mastered the trumpet and brought all of the above together to make great music that stretches beyond one particular genre. Charles is four albums in thus far (he’s also a professor at Michigan St.), but his latest endeavor, Creole Soul (released in July 2013), is arguably his most ambitious. He draws inspiration from jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Wynton Marsalis and steel pan percussionist (and mentor) Ralph MacDonald. For "Creole Soul," Charles pushes past straight-forward jazz and draws from many musical styles: folk, calypso, reggae, Haitian Vodou, R&B, blues and others. The record, he says, is personal and was inspired by the search for the sounds of his ancestors. Etienne’s group appearing at the festival is a sextet.
Joe Lovano Us 5
Joe Lovano has been one the world’s premiere saxophone players with an impressive career spanning almost four decades. He currently leads his band Us 5. Us 5 has two drummers, which creates a broad area around the beat. They’ll play tight or loose, without cymbals or with only cymbals. Mr. Lovano keeps changing horns, from the tenor to the clarinet-like tarogato and the double-soprano aulochrome; other musicians pick up percussion instruments here and there. Mr. Lovano’s third album with Us 5, “Cross Culture,” with the drummers Francisco Mela and Otis Brown III, as well as the pianist James Weidman, the bassist Petr Slavov and the guitarist Lionel Loueke in an intermittent, undefined role, can sometimes sound like a jam session based on scraps.
Saturday, July 5:
The Commons Collective
"The Commons Collective" is a quintet comprised of students currently studying jazz at the University of Northern Iowa, under the guidance of Dr. Bob Washut. Formed in August 2011, the group began as a school music ensemble, but went on to become a professional group, active primarily in the Cedar Valley and Des Moines metropolitan area. The members of "The Commons Collective" include Jon Snell (piano), Nolan Schroeder (woodwinds), Brian Crew (trombone), Joel Conrad (bass), and Christopher Jensen (drums). This ensemble performs original, groove-based, progressive jazz compositions (written by all members of the group), as well as its own creative interpretations of standard jazz and popular repertoire. “The Commons Collective” self-released their debut album, entitled “Beginnings”, in June 2013, and plans to record a second album this spring on the Realtown Records label.
Mellissa Aldana & the Crash Trio
Born in Santiago, Chile, Melissa received the Berklee Presidential Scholarship on 2007. It was at Berklee where she started to develop her own voice as a composer. She studied improvisation and composition with the best of the best: Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Frank Tiberi, Greg Osby and Hal Crook among others. After graduating on 2009, Melissa moved to New York City where she resides. Quickly she has become part of the city’s jazz scene, performing with her own quartet and as a “sideman” at the best New York clubs and concert halls like, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, Iridium, Smalls, Jazz Gallery, Birdland Jazz club, and the Jazz Standard. Melissa made her record debut under Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Music record label in 2010 with “Free Fall” and just released her second album "Second Cycle". Both recordings received outstanding critic acclaim within the jazz community, and were reviewed in DownBeat Magazine, Jazz Times and the New York Times. https://www.facebook.com/melissa.aldana.3958
Anat Cohen Quartet
An established bandleader and prolific composer, idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet since arriving in New York in 1999. Anat has topped the critics’ and readers’ polls in DownBeat magazine for several years and has been a prolific recording and touring jazz artist. Her most recent recording, Claroscuro, blends creolized New Orleans chanson with the evergreen swing of an Artie Shaw tune to African grooves, Brazilian choro, sambo and more.
Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream
Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. While Harrell is a master of the jazz idiom, he constantly seeks new challenges and influences. With a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has managed to stay fresh and current as he continues to actively record and tour around the world. In the last two years, Harrell has begun to develop new projects, often involving some or all of the quintet members. The TRIP quartet is a piano-less group that was formed last year after Harrell was commissioned to write new music by Dave Douglas. COLORS OF A DREAM, Harrell’s latest creation, takes the piano-less concept one step further with this sextet featuring alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding and quintet members Wayne Escoffery, Ugonna Okegwo, and Johnathan Blake.
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