He calls jazz "American classical music," and he considers his ensemble "of whatever size"an orchestra. His name is Ahmad Jamal, and for five decades, he has been one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz. The pianist will bring the other three members of his current "orchestra" to Urbana on Saturday to recreate their latest CD, and he'll be my guest on the Friday edition of Live and Local.
The Piper's Hut Concert Series in Champaign-Urbana has presented all manner of traditional, acoustic Celtic music by important artists throughout the world since 2005. Their new season begins Sunday night with a concert by American singer-songwriter Kyle Carey. She will be joined by New England multi-instrumentalist Craig Werth. I'll talk with Kyle Carey, and we'll hear from her recent CD, on the Thursday edition of the show.
Dancer, choreographer, calligrapher and philosopher Chungliang "Al" Huang has felt a special affinity with the music of Bach for much of his life. That connection will be on visual and aural display at the Krannert Center in Urbana Thursday night in a concert called "The Tao of Bach: A Musical Tai Ji Offering." On the Wednesday edition of the show, I'll talk with Al Huang and two of the musicians who will join him for that concert.
At all of 17, blues guitarist and singer Matthew Curry is already a veteran performer, with an International Songwriting award to his credit. Of his recent CD, one blogger wrote, "Matthew Curry displays voice and sensibility well beyond his years." He's taking his band called The Fury to Bloomington and Champaign the next two Saturdays. You can hear for yourself on the Monday edition of Live and Local, when Matthew and bassist Jeff Paxton will join us live in our studio.
On the Friday edition of the show, I'll talk with two members of the trio called Three Part Invention, who open the Kirkland Fine Arts Center's season in Decatur Saturday night. Inspired by their love of Bach, cellist Mike Block and electric violinist Tracy Silverman combine their classical training and their background in rock & roll, jazz and avant-garde music to create a new improvisatory sound.
On the Thursday edition of the show, we'll have a live studio performance for you from a man who really gets around East Central Illinois. He's singer, songwriter and guitarist David Howie, and he's got four Champaign-Urbana gigs in the next ten days alone. He does what he calls Jukebox shows, original shows, kids shows and more, and he'll play us a good sample.
On the Wednesday edition of the show, I'll talk with David Commanday, music director of Peoria's Heartland Festival Orchestra, who open their new concert season this Saturday night. David will give us an overview of the season, and I'll chat with Douglas Lora, one half of the Brasil Guitar Duo, who will join the Heartland Festival Orchestra on that opening concert. Audio clip 1 is my conversation with David; clip 2 is my conversation with Douglas.