The history of jazz is defined by both great musicians and great recordings like Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme and Dave Brubeck's Time Out. Add to that list Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth from 1961. Saturday night at the Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello, the University of Illinois jazz faculty will play a tribute to that record, and two of their number will join me on the Friday edition of Live and Local, along with Oliver Nelson Jr.
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The Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello will open Thursday night with a performance by the Jupiter String Quartet. On the Thursday edition of Live and Local, I'll talk with the conductors of the two final performances: Fred Stoltzfus will lead choir and orchestra in one of Bach's cantatas Sunday morning; and Robert Rumbelow will conduct "An Old-Fashioned Salute to Labor Day" Monday morning.
Tito Carrillo is a trumpeter, educator, bandleader, composer and arranger who has become something of a fixture in the Chicago jazz and Latin music scenes. He's made a name for himself performing, recording and touring with some of the greats, and he happens to be on faculty at the University of Illinois. Tito Carrillo has a new CD out, with a CD release show in Urbana Wednesday night. He'll bring his combo for a live session on the Wednesday edition of Live and Local.
This past June, the School of Music at the University of Illinois announced that the Jupiter String Quartet would replace the Pacifica Quartet as their new string quartet-in-residence. The Jupiter Quartet will give their inaugural performance in our community to kick off the Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello Thursday night, and we'll be pleased to introduce them to you, playing live, on the Tuesday edition of Live and Local.
The School of Music at the University of Illinois will present the Sixth Annual Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello from August 30 through September 3, with concerts ranging from Bach to jazz to Gilbert and Sullivan. We'll preview all five concerts in the coming week, including Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, with live singing in our studio.
The Kirkland Fine Arts Center is the artistic heart of Decatur's Millikin University. The Center hosts dance and theater events, art shows, musical performances, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and Kirkland's own Performing Arts Series. Director Jan Traughber will join me on the Friday edition of Live and Local to give us an overview of the season. And we'll hear about the Brock McGuire Band, featuring some of Ireland's finest traditional musicians, who will play in Peoria this weekend.
Derek Warfield is one of the great Irish ballad singers, as well as a composer and historian of the music and song tradition. He helped to found the Wolfe Tones in the 1960s and now fronts the Young Wolfe Tones, with some of today's finest younger Irish musicians. They'll be at Erin Feis in Peoria Friday night, and Derek Warfield will join me on the Thursday edition of Live and Local. We'll also introduce you to a new local singer-songwriter named Justin Larkin, playing live in our studio.
Bernhard Scully recently attained the official horn professorship at the University of Illinois, where he was previously visiting professor. A former member of the Canadian Brass and principal horn with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, he has a wealth of performing and teaching experience. On the Wednesday edition of Live and Local, I'll talk with Bernhard Scully and sample his latest recording. And we'll hear from the Peoria-based Irish band The Roundstone Buskers.
Erin Feis is Peoria's Original Irish Festival, founded in 1981 by the Saint Patrick Society of Peoria and now extending over three days in August, organized by the Saint Patrick Society and the Peoria Park District. The festival happens this Friday through Sunday, with local, national and Irish bands, dancing, traditional Irish sporting events, activities for kids and much more. I'll talk with co-chair John Martin on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."
Saturday in Urbana, CU Folk and Roots and the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society will present Chicago-based blues singer and slide guitarist Donna Herula, for a workshop and concert. In her acoustic performances, she plays a mix of songs from the early blues women and early Delta blues men, as well as music from more recent blues and slide musicians. Donna Herula will play for us live on the Friday edition of Live and Local.