Big band music, presented by the UI School of Music.
JCL Director John Rapson premieres his new nine-movement suite entitled "Unlikely Characters." Each movement is a portrait of a musician who has had some contact with jazz on the margins and generally not a household name. The accordion and the fiddle play prominent roles in each of their repertoires.
The nine movements are:
- Karl Seglem (saxophonist from Norway, mixing traditional Norwegian folk music with jazz)
- Art VanDamme (an American accordion player who worked with many French musicians)
- Ben Webster (a well-known tenor saxophonist - not so marginalized - first featured with Duke Ellington's band)
- Astor Piazzolla (bandeneon player from Argentina who combined tango with jazz)
- Sivuca (an accordion player from Brazil who combined baion with jazz and pop)
- Jack Sheldon (an LA trumpet player featured in many film noir movies)
- Chuck Berry (a rock icon put into a jazz context, somewhat like zydeco)
- Pauline Oliveros (best known as a classical composer and accordionist, but championed by a wider audience)
- Carla Bley (a jazz composer who came from experimental origins to now lead her own jazz orchestra; her daughter plays accordion, organ and harmonica in the band)
- Dates: October 27, 2018
- Address: 93 East Burlington Street
- Time: 7:30 PM
- Price: Free