Flute master Klee to lead of concert of young light jazz standouts
Dr. David Klee, Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Jazz Studies at Buena Vista University, will present a concert of original smooth jazz music 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at Schaller Chapel at BVU.
The concert is open to the public, free of charge.
The concert features Dr. Klee performing with a variety of flutes backed by BVU student musicians. Klee will perform many original light jazz compositions from his current CD "River of Emotions" as well as other great light jazz and Latin flute numbers.
Dr. Klee received his bachelor of arts degree in music education and flute performance from Mercer University in Georgia, his master's in music education with a emphasis in flute performance from the University of South Carolina, and the doctor of musical arts degree in flute performance from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Klee has performed in orchestras in Georgia, working as a staff musician in several leading recording studios in Georgia and touring or backing up national recording artists. He has performed in over 37 states and the Bahamas.
Dr. Klee has studied with such renowned flutists/teachers as Martha Rearick, former principal flute of the Florida Symphony and professor of flute at the University of South Florida; Dr. Constance Lane, former principal flute at the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra and professor of flute at the University of South Carolina; Warren Little, former principal flutist of the Atlanta Symphony; and Dr. Ronald Waln, former professor of flute at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Klee has performed in master classes with such flutists as Julius Baker, Katherine Kimler, Irvine Monroe, James Pellerite, and Bonita Boyd. He has been on the music faculties at Tift College, Mercer University, Georgia College and State University, all in Georgia. At Peru State College in Peru, Neb., Dr. Klee was director of bands and assistant professor of woodwinds.
Dr. Klee currently performs as principal flutist with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony and gives concerts and recitals throughout the Midwest. He recently performed for the Nebraska Flute Festival where he was the featured jazz soloist along with many other regional and national flute artists.
Selections by Dr. Klee that the group will perform include "Struttin' My Stuff", "Caribbean Lady", "Song for the Lonely Heart", "Feelings of Love", "Nowhere to Go", "Saturday Night Blues", "City Nights", and "Urban Fluting". Selections by Nestor Torres include "Triple Threat", "Burning Whispers", and "El Dorado". Another selection will be "Last Days of Summer" by Rob Mullins.
Among those BVU students backing up Dr. Klee will be sophomore pianist Ryan Rager. A BVU music major, Rager is also an accomplished trombonist, arranger, and mallet player. He is very active as a performer and teacher throughout Nebraska and Iowa.
The bass player for the group is Cory Hanson who plays bass trombone in both the concert and jazz bands at BVU.
Sophomore music major Michael Klee is percussionist. Michael hopes to attend the University of North Texas to pursue graduate studies in jazz percussion.
Junior music major Jennifer Dreyer will help on flute parts and auxiliary percussion parts. She currently plays principal flute in the BVU concert band.
All four students will teach in the newly formed Buena Vista University Community Music Program.
Dr. Klee is available for recitals, clinics, and seminars. His CD, "River of Emotions," is available from CD Baby or those interested may contact Dr. Klee at 712-749-2175. His latest CD titled "Favorite Christmas Tunes" is now available. Both CDs will be available for purchase at the concert.