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Jazz Ensemble I to perform free concert with Vocalist Deborah Brown at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble I will perform with vocalist Deborah Brown at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Admission to the event is free, but tickets are required. Please call 816-994-7222 for tickets. The performance is sponsored by Reach Out Kansas, Inc.

The University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble I and director Dan Gailey proudly present an evening of big band jazz featuring world renowned jazz vocalist Deborah Brown. In addition to arrangements featuring Ms. Brown, the ensemble will present the world premiere of Gailey’s composition New Kansas City Suite, commissioned by Reach Out Kansas, Inc.

The world premiere of New Kansas City Suite features: Clint Ashlock, trumpet; Matt Otto, tenor saxophone; Danny Embrey, guitar; Jeff Harshbarger, bass; and Brandon Draper, drums.

Jazz Ensemble I is the premier ensemble within the distinguished KU Jazz Studies program. The 19-person ensemble includes graduate and undergraduate students with hometowns as near as Kansas City and as far as New Jersey.

Dan Gailey, saxophonist/composer/arranger, is currently in his 25th year as the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, where he directs Jazz Ensemble I, teaches courses in jazz composition and arranging, produces the annual KU Jazz Festival, and is director of the KU Jazz Workshop. He is the recipient of the 1996 IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship, an annual award which identifies an emerging jazz composer from an international field of candidates. Under his direction, the KU Jazz Studies Program has been the recipient of 19 DownBeat Student Music Awards.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Deborah Brown took her musical talents from coast to coast in the U.S., eventually leading her to Europe via Japan and Indonesia, culminating in a 12-year residency in Europe. Brown has made a name for herself with appearances in more than 50 countries around the world, performing at nightclubs, concerts, jazz festivals, and on television and radio soundstages. She has 14 recordings as a leader and is featured on many others as a special guest artist.

For more information about KU Jazz visit: http://music.ku.edu/programs/jazz.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.

For more information about Deborah Brown, visit http://www.jazzvox.com/deborahbrown/biography.htm

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