2010 Toyota-Scion of Iowa City Jazz Festival Previews

All previews posted on the City of Iowa City Summer of the Arts under each respective events web page 6/28/2010.

Friday Night Concert Series page:

There is no Friday Night Concert Series this week due to our weekend long, Toyota/Scion of Iowa City Jazz Festival, which kicks off its 20th anniversary this Friday at 4:30 with the United Jazz Ensemble.

Composed of students from both Iowa City and West High Schools, this eighteen-piece band will open the show on the Miller Lite Main Stage. For seventeen years this program has immersed students in jazz and built a strong bond between the two programs.

Also taking the Miller Lite Main Stage this Friday night is U.S. Army Blues, the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S Army. This eighteen-piece band his a standard at government locales including The White House and the State Department. The band works hard to preserve the music of big band legends such as Count Bassie, Duke Ellington and Woody Herman.

Make sure to follow Summer of the Arts on Facebook and Twitter for important updates leading and information leading up to this weeks festival.

Downtown Saturday Night page:

There is no Downtown Saturday Night this weekend due to our weekend long Toyota/Scion of Iowa City Jazz Festival which continues all day Saturday.

The festivities continue into the evening as Gabriel Espinosa takes the Miller Light Main Stage at 6 p.m. A native of Merida, Mexico, Espinosa will play from his most recent work, “From Yucatan and Rio” which is best described as a beautiful blend of rhythmic, lyrical horns and affecting vocals.

Capping off the evening, 2010 Jazz Journalist Association winner for Best Trombonist, Rosswell Rudd and his Trombone Tribe will grace the Miller Light Main Stage at 8 p.m. This 5 member group is known for their eclectic influences which range from Kurt Weill to Eastern European gypsy brass bands and their ability to get even the most stubborn of crowds on their feet.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on this week’s festival.

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