Associated Press
Holly Hofmann says the jazz flute "is simply another horn."

Leave behind all your preconceived notions about how the flute is played.

"I take the approach of making it a saxophone or a trumpet," said flutist Holly Hofmann by phone, "I approach it as a jazz horn. Dizzy Gillespie told me I sounded very much like a trumpet player."

Hofmann doesn't stand alone in her jazz art form, but the stage isn't crowded, either.

No stranger to the jazz series at the Sheraton, Hofmann returns Monday doing something a little different and a little more mellow than her past visits (including the be-bop of sextet "Flutology"). This time she is here to celebrate the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century.

The Brazilian was a primary force behind bossa nova and has been performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Sting and Carlos Santana, to name only a few.

"I am touring it a bit now, it's new. It is something that incorporates the beauty of the flute," Hofmann said.

The lineup will include a 16-string ensemble from the Utah Symphony, drummer Jeff Hamilton, pianist Mike Wofford and bassist Christoph Luty. The arrangements come from jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe as well as Wofford (her husband) and Christopher Hughes of New York. Selected among the almost 1,000 compositions of Jobim are those that are deemed to work best with strings.

Among the selections is perhaps Jobim's best known song, "Girl From Ipanema," in what Hofmann promises is a "very unique arrangement."

"My thought in doing this project is, I love to play with strings and I didn't want to go out of the jazz idiom."

For the flutist Jobim's greatness comes from his prolific writing and ability to be both melodic and harmonic.

"He has a mastery of both," she said.

Hofmann, by her instrument of choice, is forced to be something of a crusader for the jazz flute.

"I think it is considered stereotypical, a lighter, more classical sounding instrument. A lot of promoters won't even consider the flute in a festival. They respond before they hear it with a lot of tentative comments. Then when they hear it, it seems so natural and it seems like it fits into jazz."

There are musicians around who play the jazz flute, especially in the big band setting, and for Hofmann, the flute is simply another horn.

If you go . . .

What: "The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim," Holly Hofmann, Jeff Hamilton, Mike Woofard and Christop Luty

Where: Sheraton City Centre, 150 W. 500 South

When: Monday, 7:30 p.m.

How much: $25

Phone: 278-0411


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