Jazz musicians and dance soloists will combine for a "Dance Jam" on March 25 at 8 p.m. in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts auditorium on the Univsersity of Utah campus. Admission is free.
Bob Pierson, Frank Sinatra's lead saxophone player who has worked with a host of major jazz figures, will join a local rhythm section to play jazz standards, to which representatives of local dance companies will improvise.Among dancers appearing are Christine Jacques from Ballet West, Caren Carino and Janice Haws of Ririe-Woodbury, and Angela Banchero of the Repertory Dance Theatre; also members of the Utah Ballet, Performing Danscompany and Children's Dance Theatre. Katherine St. John, artistic director of Eastern Arts at the U., will dance a Persian-jazz dance.
"The concert gives dancers from different companies the opportunity to share spontaneous creativity on the same show. It may become a yearly event," said Lloyd Miller, jazz specialist associated with Eastern Arts, which is coordinating the event.
On March 26 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Bob Pierson quartet will perform at the Snowbird Cliff Lodge in the Atrium, and on March 27 the group will be featured at D.B. Cooper's weekly Jazz Society concert and jam session.