Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ep 9 - Song 2: "Alternate Title" by The University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One (dir. Chris Merz)

"Chris Merz, Associate Professor of Music, has served as Director of Jazz Studies and Director of the award-winning UNI Jazz Band One at the University of Northern Iowa since 2002. Under his direction, the band has recorded eight CDs featuring many original compositions and arrangements by student and faculty writers.

"He has also taught at the University of Wyoming, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. Chris has toured four continents with Dave Brubeck and other members of the Brubeck family and played lead alto saxophone with several East Coast groups, including the Cecil Bridgewater Big Band, the New England Jazz Ensemble, and the Jeff Holmes Big Band. His own projects include Equilateral and the X-tet, a 12-piece big band. "Chris has several compact disc recordings to his credit, including a collaboration with Bob Washut (Gemini), two discs with Equilateral (...And Another Thing and Also Not Pictured...) and one with the X-tet (Mystery is My Story). About that disc, Dave Brubeck wrote,

"I am very pleased with this wonderful band. Naturally, I would admire a group like yours that, to me, is a grand extension of what we were doing...when we were the "new thing"." He has received commissions from university and high school jazz ensembles throughout the country and has several compositions and arrangements published by Walrus Music Publishing (Pismo Beach, CA) and the UNC Jazz Press (Greeley,CO). He is a highly sought-after clinician and guest conductor."
- from Chris Merz's University of Northern Iowa page

Chris Merz - director
Cory Schmitt - trumpet, flugelhorn
Antonio Garza - trumpet, flugelhorn
Faith Hall - trumpet, flugelhorn
Toni Hoffman - trumpet, flugelhorn
Leah Schmidt - trumpet, flugelhorn
Gabe Scheid - saxophones, woodwinds
Marian Marturello - saxophones, woodwinds
Nolan Schroeder - saxophones, woodwinds
Nathan Temeyer - saxophones, woodwinds
Madeline Young - saxophones, woodwinds
Brian Crew - trombone
Jake Humburg - trombone
Brian Martin - trombone
Zach Gignac - bass trombone
Aaron Ottmar - vibraphone
Patrick Daugherty - guitar
Jon Snell - piano, electronic keyboard
Joel Conrad - acoustic, electric bass
Nic Addella - drums

Christopher Merz's Univeristy of Northern Iowa page:

University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One Facebook page:

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