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The University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One: The Unlikely Event

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In spite of this one's title, a new album by the University of Northern Iowa's Jazz Band One is hardly an unlikely event. This is the eleventh in my collection, and I may have overlooked one or two. Nine were directed by Bob Washut, the two most recent by his successor, Chris Merz, who, like Washut, ...

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The University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One: Transformation

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Another impressive album (the twelfth in about as many years) by the always well-schooled University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One, the first under new director Chris Merz who replaced long-time mentor Bob Washut last year. The disc marks that “transformation” while reassuring those who appreciate the ensemble’s work that the tradition of excellence established by ...

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The University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One: West Coasting

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West Coasting is, happily, another top–of–the–line album by the University of Northern Iowa’s superb Jazz Band One (its eleventh in the past eleven years), but, unhappily, its last under long–time director Bob Washut who is stepping aside after twenty–two years at the helm. UNI has risen under Washut’s guidance to a position as one of the ...

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The University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One: Leap of Faith

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Whenever a swimmer or runner shaves a couple hundredths of a second off some world record or another I can't help but think, “Is there no limit? How fast can they go?" And as I listen to some of today's top­level university Jazz ensembles a similar thought intrudes - “Is there no limit? How well can ...

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The University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One: Just Us

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Apparently, the word “predictable” isn’t in Bob Washut’s vocabulary, as one never knows quite what to expect from his award–winning Jazz Band One at the University of Northern Iowa. Just Us, the ensemble’s eighth recording (by our count), is wide–ranging and adventurous, to say the least, scanning the landscape from standard to avant–garde, swing to contemporary, ...