Live and Local


WILL - Live and Local - May 18, 2012

High School Band Director Tim Hess on Salute to Veterans Concert, plus Dan Pierson Trio

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(Duration: 52:27)

The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Band will host its 13th annual “Salute to Veterans Concert” Saturday night, and on the Friday edition of “Live and Local,” I’ll talk with director Tim Hess and a couple of his students. And we’ll hear a live performance by the Dan Pierson Trio, who will play on the Iron Post Jazz Fest Friday night.


WILL - Live and Local - May 17, 2012

Local Sample of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival

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(Duration: 1:00:17)

Every year over Memorial Day weekend for 38 years, the city of Peoria has played host to the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival, with sing-alongs, workshops and of course the contest itself. On the Thursday edition of “Live and Local,” we’ll hear five past and present contestants play for us live, from the Blind Pig in Champaign.


WILL - Live and Local - May 16, 2012

Third Annual Iron Post Jazz Fest: U of I Jazz Faculty

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(Duration: 56:34)

This week we’re covering the Third Annual Jazz Festival at the Iron Post in downtown Urbana, the most active venue for jazz in our communities. Nearly the entire University of Illinois jazz faculty will play at the festival Saturday night, and they’ll join us live on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.”


WILL - Live and Local - May 15, 2012

Third Annual Iron Post Jazz Fest: Interview with Jazz Pianist John Campbell, plus Mik Templeton

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(Duration: 1:02:48)

Jazz pianist John Campbell grew up in Bloomington-Normal, hung out in Champaign-Urbana and has played with the likes of Clark Terry, Mel Tormé, Buddy DeFranco, Stan Getz and James Moody. He’s returning to Urbana to play on the Iron Post Jazz Fest this weekend, and he’ll be my guest on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll also talk with Mik Templeton, whose West Coast Blues will round out the festival.


WILL - Live and Local - May 11, 2012

Community Arts Resource on Their Summer Band Program, plus Preview of Millikin University Jazz Band

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(Duration: 54:04)

Community Arts Resource, based in St. Joseph, has offered its carTunes summer band program since 2009 and will launch its new season next month. They’re looking for new members now, and we’ll hear details, with music planned for the season, on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also preview the new CD by the Millikin University Jazz Band before their performance Saturday in Decatur.


WILL - Live and Local - May 11, 2012

Details About carTunes Summer Band Program, plus Preview Millikin University Jazz Band’s New Album

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(Duration: 54:04)

Community Arts Resource, based in St. Joseph, has offered its carTunes summer band program since 2009 and will launch its new season next month. They’re looking for new members now, and we’ll hear details, with music planned for the season, on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also preview the new CD by the Millikin University Jazz Band before their performance Saturday in Decatur


WILL - Live and Local - May 10, 2012

Preview of Women’s Chorus Amasong, plus Live Music from the Quasari String Quartet

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(Duration: 57:20)

The Champaign-Urbana-based women’s chorus Amasong has for many years offered winter and spring concerts, and this year they’ve added a family concert, happening this Saturday in Champaign. Members of Amasong will join me for a live preview on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.” And we’ll have live music from the Quasari String Quartet, playing in Champaign Thursday night


WILL - Live and Local - May 09, 2012

Discussion and Live Session with Chris Beyt of University of Illinois Jazz Combo

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(Duration: 1:01:31)

The Jazz Studies program at the University of Illinois offers students numerous performance opportunities, with the 18 standing jazz ensembles routinely augmented by combos that students form among themselves. One such combo, led by guitarist Chris Beyt, will play in Urbana Wednesday night, and they’ll play for us live on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.”


WILL - Live and Local - May 08, 2012

Ronald Hedlund and Stephen Fiol of Carmen to Camelot, plus Preview of Dixieland

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(Duration: 48:10)

This Saturday the Danville Symphony Orchestra will present a concert called “Carmen to Camelot,” with vocal highlights from Bizet’s opera and from musicals by Lerner and Loewe. Narrator Ronald Hedlund and director Stephen Fiol will talk about the program on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.” And we’ll preview a Dixieland concert happening in Lincoln Wednesday night.


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