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U of M Student Wins International Jazz Competition
For release: March 15, 2007
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David Peoples has been named Young Artist Winner in the International Jazz Arranging Competition sponsored by the Center for Jazz Composition at the University of South Florida for his arrangement of Michael Brecker’s “Never Alone.” Peoples is a composition student at the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and studies with Dr. Jack Cooper and Dr. James Richens. According to competition organizers, they received submissions from around the world and chose winners from many outstanding arrangements.

This year’s competition was designed to encourage interpretation of the works of Michael Brecker, composer and performer, who died this year. Brecker, an 11-time Grammy winner, was considered the most influential jazz saxophonist since John Coultrane. He recorded “Never Alone” in 1990 on his CD, Now You See It…(Now You Don’t), and again in 2003 on the Wide Angles CD. 

“I had always heard this piece done very slowly and I wanted to do something really different with it, so I sped it up," said Peoples. "Also, the original music was written for a small combo and my arrangement is for jazz orchestra.”

Peoples, a native of Riverside, California, is pursuing a master’s degree. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Texas at Austin. His goal upon graduation is to be a composer/arranger not only of jazz, but classical music as well.

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