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KU Jazz Ensemble I to perform at historic Gem Theater

Friday, December 9, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kansas –  The KU School of Music’s award-winning Jazz Ensemble I will perform at the historic Gem Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. 

The free public concert will also feature Blue Valley West High School Jazz Ensemble I and guest soloist Matt Otto on saxophone. Located at 18th and Vine streets, one of the world’s greatest jazz crossroads, the century old Gem Theater is part of the American Jazz Museum and an iconic jazz venue.

The concert replaces a previously scheduled Border Showdown performance at the nearby venue The Blue Room, which was set for the same date and time.

Directed by Dan Gailey, the KU Jazz Ensemble I is one of the top-rated collegiate jazz bands in the country. In April, the group traveled to New York City to perform at the legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2015, KU Jazz Ensemble I was named by DownBeat magazine as the Graduate College Winner for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, designating it as the outstanding collegiate ensemble in North America.

“We are excited to perform in such a historic setting, and to share the stage with one of the region’s finest high school jazz ensembles,” said Gailey, who is the director of the KU jazz studies program and professor of music.

The concert will feature on saxophone Otto, an assistant professor of jazz studies who was recently featured on the cover of Jam Magazine and released the CD Soliloquy.

The concert is made possible through the generous support of B.A.C. Music Center and Reach Out Kansas, Inc.

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

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