Live and Local - February 14, 2011

Jim Pugh Trio at The Emerald City Lounge

The Emerald City Lounge is a new venue for jazz in Champaign, beginning Wednesday night with the Jim Pugh Trio. On today's edition of the show, Jim joins us live in the studio, with tenor sax player Phil Doyle, bassist Matt Hughes and Emerald City owner Tim Denoyer.

Live and Local - February 11, 2011

Pianist Jade Simmons

What do the Miss America pageant and Gershwin have in common? A lot, if you're pianist Jade Simmons, a former Miss Illinois and Miss America runner-up. She'll play Gershwin and Rachmaninov with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra this weekend in Bloomington and Springfield, and she'll be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.

Live and Local - February 10, 2011

DoCha, the Downtown Champaign Chamber Music festival; Joel Caracci of jazz group Lip Service

DoCha-or Downtown Champaign Chamber Music-will host an event Thursday night called "Beethoven's Star-Crossed Lovers," with the Pacifica Quartet and musicologist William Kinderman. Prof. Kinderman will join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" with a preview. And I'll talk with Joel Caracci, who leads his jazz 12-tet called Lip Service in Urbana Saturday night.

Live and Local - February 08, 2011

In Your Ear Big Band; Married Alive! at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan

The Parkland College In Your Ear Big Band involves both students and community members. They'll be at the Iron Post in Urbana Wednesday night, and their director, Ed Schaller, will join me on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear music from the show Married Alive!, which opens Friday at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.

Live and Local - February 07, 2011

Douglas Ewart; Gina Sicilia

Douglas Ewart is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder, originally from Jamaica, serving a residency this week at the University of Illinois. He and some of his instruments will join us on the Monday edition of "Live and Local. " We'll also host songstress Gina Sicilia, who will play in Springfield Monday night.

Live and Local - February 04, 2011

Theatre 7 of Decatur

Theatre 7 has been serving the Decatur area since 1964. Their next show is a Noel Coward comedy called Blithe Spirit, in which a fussy, cantankerous novelist is haunted by the ghost of his late first wife. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," members of the cast will join me to share a scene or two.

Live and Local - February 03, 2011

William Moersch from Sinfonia da Camera

Sinfonia da Camera will give its next concert this Saturday at the Krannert Center in Urbana. The program, entitled "Croatia to the Canary Isles," will feature University of Illinois faculty member William Moersch in a concerto for xylophone by Boris Papandopulo. Prof. Moersch will join me as guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local."

Live and Local - February 02, 2011

Bossa Nuevo

The Wednesday edition of "Live and Local" will feature a return live appearance by Bossa Nuevo, who will play at the Iron Post in Urbana Saturday night. The band juxtaposes the styles of bossa nova and tango nuevo, often with a jazz influence, and they have begun to add Latin jazz to their repertoire as well.

NOTE: With weather-related difficulties getting into the studio today, we had a delayed start, but still got three live tunes from Bossa Nuevo. Enjoy!

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