See and hear the Lawrence Faculty Jazz Quartet 
at the Dakota Jazz Club on December 7


These artistically adventurous jazz virtuosos have delighted audiences around the world. Hear a sample of their workand the work of their studentsin any of the videos below. Then catch them live at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant.

Joined by current student musicians and alumni pros, this is a one-night performance you won't want to miss. Register below.

Special guest performances by Minnesota-based Lawrence alumni


Jazz @ Lawrence

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Monday, Dec. 7, 2015
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Performance: 6:30 p.m.

Seating is limited—register today!


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The Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Click here for map and directions

Tickets: $25 (includes refreshments)


Lawrence University boasts a world-renowned conservatory of music within a nationally ranked liberal arts college. Conservatory professors, outstanding musicians in their own right, perform regularly throughout the country. Join them at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant in Minneapolis for a memorable night of jazz.



José Encarnación
Assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies

José Encarnación leads the jazz improvisation classes, coaches jazz small groups, teaches applied jazz saxophone and coordinates the jazz performance program at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. He studied saxophone, flute and clarinet at the Free School of Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico, completed a Bachelor of Music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated magna cum laude, and received a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music (including the 2002 Schirmer Prize in Jazz Performance). He previously served as assistant professor of jazz saxophone at the Eastman School of Music; instructor of saxophone, Latin Jazz Performance Workshop, and Youth Saxology for the Eastman Community School; and as jazz ensemble conductor at the Rochester (N.Y.) School of the Arts.

He has performed jazz, salsa and Latin music with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, Gilberto Santarosa, Roberto Rohena, Bobby Valentin, Domingo Quinones, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Tito Puente, Danilo Perez, Dave Valentin, Giovanni Hidalgo, Batacumbele, Humberto Ramirez and David Sanchez. His pops performances include appearances with the Temptations, Dianne Reeves, Natalie Cole, Doc Severinsen, Lou Rawls, New York Voices, Brasilia, Ann Hampton Calloway and the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Rochester and Green Bay.


Photo of Steve PeplinSteve Peplin
Lecturer of music

Steve Peplin concurrently serves as adjunct jazz guitar instructor at Lawrence and as professor of Composition, Major Instrument Guitar I–IV, Harmony and Music Appreciation at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He graduated magna cum laude from the Berklee College of Music with a B.A. in composition and earned an associate degree in occupational music from MATC.

In addition to performing with his own group, Steve has performed with a variety of artists such as Jamie Briewick, Aaron Gardner, John Price, Sam Belton, The Static Chicken, De La Buena, Organica, Como No, David Wake, Art Davis, the Milwaukee Symphony, Doc Severinsen, Maureen McGovern, Howard Levy, Jack Grassel, Melvin Rhyne, Invocation Trio and others.

Steve has written for Guitar One Magazine and has authored numerous transcription books for Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. He is a prolific composer of contemporary classical works, jazz compositions, serial music, songs and occasionally, just plain noise!


Dane Richeson
Professor of music

Dane Richeson is professor of music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where he has been director of percussion studies since 1984. Under the direction of Richeson, the Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble (LUPÉ) has released two critically acclaimed CDs, and been awarded honors by the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and the Percussive Arts Society.

Richeson is recognized as one of the most versatile virtuosi in percussion. Throughout the world he has been featured in such diverse roles as solo marimbist, percussionist in contemporary music settings, world percussion specialist and jazz drummer. Performances have been with such diverse artists as Bobby McFerrin, Gordon Stout, Nancy Zeltsman, Gunther Schuller, Geoff Keezer, Joe Lovano, NDR Big Band of Germany, Roscoe Mitchell, Medeski-Martin-Woods, Kenny Wheeler, Uri Caine and Lyle Mays. He regularly performs with the chamber ensembles CUBE (Chicago), The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society (Madison, Wis.) and has been a featured marimba artist/teacher at several of the Zeltsman Marimba Festivals, the Ivana Bilic Marimba/Percussion Week in Croatia, and the Central Conservatory Chamber Music Festival in Beijing. Moreover, he has performed at festivals such as Ravinia, North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals, and Beijing Music Festival.

Richeson has performed on numerous recordings including works on Blue Note Records, Origin Records, Klavier, Accurate, Mark, Naxos, A-Records, CRI, Albany, Innova and A-440. In addition, Richeson has lived in three distinctly different cultures: Ghana, Africa, studying the music and dance of the Ewe people with master drummer Godwin Agbeli and gyil with Kakraba Lobi; Matanzas, Cuba, where he studied with Afro-Cuban drummer Jesús Alfonzo, musical director of Los Muñiquitos de Matanzas and Daniel Alfonso; Salvador and São Paulo, Brazil, where he studied the drumming traditions of the State of Bahia with Giba Conceicao and choro/MPB styles with Guello. This research was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts/Arts International and Lawrence University.


Mark Urness
Associate professor of music

Mark Urness is a versatile bassist, composer and educator. His diverse performance experience encompasses orchestral, chamber, jazz, salsa and solo playing. He has served as principal bassist for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and for five seasons was principal bassist for the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

From 1999 to 2001 he freelanced in New York City, where he played with Adam Nussbaum, Lew Soloff, Eric Rasmussen and Curtis Fowlkes, among others. He was awarded first prize in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition, and performed with Bill Mays and Tim Froncek at the 2001 ISB Convention.

His compositions appear on several recordings, including the Bob Washut Trio’s Songbook, Triptych’s Play Here, and the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band I’s Northern Exposure. Recent recordings include Mafficked Simulacrum with the University of Iowa’s jazz faculty group, oftEnsemble; a new album with the salsa band Orquesta Alto Maiz; and a project with Iowa City’s eclectic jazz quartet, OddBar.

Prior to his appointment to the faculty of Lawrence University, Urness taught at the University of Iowa, Coe College and the University of Northern Iowa. He received a Master of Music in double bass performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Northern Iowa, and studied music and computer science at the University of Iowa.


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