University of Iowa Latin Jazz Ensemble
The University of Iowa Latin/jazz Ensemble is a student jazz ensemble that studies and performs the genre of “Latin/jazz.” The ensemble is directed by James Dreier (Lecturer – jazz dept.) and is considered one of the top-tier jazz ensembles in the UI jazz program.
Since its inception in 2003, the UI Latin/jazz Ensemble has continued to evolve and progress. The ensemble performs in major UI concerts, public schools (through the UI Arts Share program), and performance venues throughout Iowa. The ensemble hosts the bi-annual UI Latin/jazz Festival at the University of Iowa.
In 2004 the group recorded their first CD “Latin High Life” and its second “La Esencia” in 2006. Jim Musser of the Iowa City Press-Citizen wrote: “La Esencia fairly bursts with savvy chops, inventive arrangements and sky-high potential.” The group has since released three more CDs “Frontera” (2008), “Esso” (2011) and “Todo Entaya” (2016).
The UI LJE has performed with many acclaimed Latin Jazz Artists, including Victor Mendoza, Ray Vega, Michael Mossman, Wayne Wallace, Michael Spiro, Felipe Salles and Mark Walker. The ensemble is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students.
Boston’s Latin/jazz legend Victor Mendoza says of the UI Latin/jazz Ensemble “…they perform it (the style of Latin/jazz) with as much integrity as any other groups I hear or work with, around the world.”
Contact James Dreier for any further information