The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 24, 1975 · Page 142
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 142

Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, August 24, 1975
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A musician's musician By IX)RI NEWTON/photo by DENNIS FAGIN Don Edelbrock lookup the clarinet at 11. Later, he studied guitar with Glen Campbell and Peter Townshend of "The Who: 9 Now he plays sax. Iowa City musician Donald Edelbrock has been playing and studying with famous musicians most of his life. "You learn so much from playing with everybody," Don said. "You get a lot of feedback from them, and if you can learn to do what they do, what you do will grow into much more." Don's had plenty of time to learn, beginning his music career when he was 11, playing the clarinet. At the age of 16 he studied guitar with Glen Campbell and later with Peter Townshend of "The Who." Since, he has performed on his E fiat and B flat saxophones with Don Rader, Arnie Lawerence, Gary Burton and the Tommy Dorsey group. Don has also had jam sessions with Chick Corea, Lenny White, Stanley Clarke and Billy Connors. He studied composition at the University of Iowa for four years, majoring on the clarinet, flute and saxophone; each for two years. His four years at the U of I, Don says, have given him the tools he needed to comprehend music, and also opened new musical worlds for him. "Learning has always been considered hard work," Don said. "But there is* a certain degree of magic involved when a teacher can enlighten his students on how to approach the subject rather than the subject itself." Don tries to follow his advice. He's taught in Springville, Iowa, public schools and also helped his father run a summer music program in Peoria, Illinois. Don now gives private jazz lessons to students from all over the state. "I'm very selective about my stu- dents." Don said. "I like to work with people who are into being worked with and who have a fairly good musical background. "Jazz can't be communicated on paper, it can't be taught. It just has to be learned, and so the best thing a teacher can do, is offer his student the frame of mind that is conducive to learning." If Don isn't reading composers' histories, studying pocket scores of symphonies, or writing music, he is most likely to be found with the group "This Side Up." The group has been together for two years. "It's like a corporation," Don said. "Each member is a distinct individual." "Right now," he said, "We're basically an entertainment group, and a very versatile unit. Our music ranges from lounge type dinner music, to ZZ Topp and the boogie scene, to lazz concerts and rock and roll concerts." "We're doing .what we do now to survive," Don said. "Hopefully the group will grow into a much different thing — jazz based." Although Don says he's struggling to perform adequately on his four instruments, he feels he has discovered ihe energy that's involved in becoming productive, through all the people he has played and studied with. "Music is the sum total of my life," Don notes. "Whatever I add to it, or take away will be music." Don plays a Horace Silver tune. Lori Newton is a freelance writer from Iowa City. 8 • DCS MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER/AUG. 24, 1978

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