April 30 International Jazz Day event celebrates ‘Art of Improvisation’

In celebration of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature presents “The Art of Improvisation,” an event that celebrates and explores the unique role that improvisation plays in jazz.

Steve Grismore, a full-time jazz instructor at the University of Iowa and a familiar face in jazz performance in the area for decades, will lead a group that will perform songs and explain how improvisation plays a part in the performance.

Grismore will be joined by bassist Danny Oline, saxophonist Jim Buennig, and drummer Paul Cunliffe. All three have extensive experience playing jazz in Iowa and beyond.

The official program will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Music will be performed for 15 minutes before and after the program.

The program will be aired live on the Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20, and will be broadcast live on KCCK Jazz 88.3 or at www.kcck.org.

The event is co-presented by the University of Iowa School of Music, the Iowa City Public Library, and KCCK. Additional support is provided by Hancher.

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