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Celebrating International Jazz Day

Join us on April 24th at the Spurlock Museum Auditorium, between 2:00 and 3:30, for “Tenor Titans: In the Footsteps of Bean, Prez, and Trane,” an exciting casual performance-discussion on the masters of the jazz tenor saxophone and their influences on some of our community’s leading and up-and-coming jazz musicians. Our program will feature engaging performances by Grace Calderon, Reginald Lewis, Chip McNeill and Randy Salman, and they will highlight the unique styles of such music legends as Bootsie Barnes, Michael Brecker, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley, Joshua Redman, and Wayne Shorter.

This program will include a brief introduction to the saxophone’s early legacy in America by Scott Schwartz, followed by an engaging conversation and performance demonstration between Sam Reese, Chip McNeill, and the other guest performers. The program will conclude with a special performance by all of the musicians highlighting their unique influences together in a single piece.

The afternoon program is free and open to the general public. An afterglow performance with all of the guest artists will take place at Urbana’s Rose Bowl Tavern starting at 5:00 and will run until 7pm. This special performance is also free. For more information, either call 217-333-4577 or send an email to