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The Western Illinois Museum | 4-5:15PM
Macomb's Musical Legacy: Jazz!
 
Help kick off the 13th Annual Al Sears Jazz Festival at the Western Illinois Museum with a lively discussion about our community’s deep and storied love of jazz. Join Bill Maakestad, co-founder and chair of the Al Sears Jazz Festival, for a conversation with a few dedicated people whose legacy has been to help keep jazz alive and thriving during the past decades. Panelists will share their personal thoughts, ideas and memories about the place of jazz in Macomb’s proud musical heritage! The Museum will offer a special display of photos illustrating the life of Al Sears, “Macomb’s favorite jazz son.”

The distinguished panelists will be:
• Ann Collins: Jazz pianist and retired Chair of Music at WIU
• John Cooper: Jazz trumpeter and Director of Jazz Studies at WIU
• John Hallwas: Retired Professor of English, author, and chronicler of the Macomb community’s history and heritage
• Jeff Holtz: Longtime jazz DJ and host of “After Hours” on Tri States Public Radio

The Western Illinois Museum is located at 201 South Lafayette Street, one block south of Macomb’s historic Courthouse Square. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the museum at 309-837-2750 or the Al Sears Jazz Festival at 309-837-4855.

Macomb Country Club | 5-7PM
Michael Stryker
 
Michael Stryker is Associate Professor of Jazz Piano in the School of Music at Western Illinois University. He directs big bands and coaches jazz combos, teaches Applied Jazz Piano, Class Jazz Piano, Jazz Fundamentals, and Jazz History. He is currently a member of the Dale Hopper Faculty Jazz Sextet. Dr. Stryker received his Ph.D. from Eastman School of Music in 2010. He has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Jim Snidero, Robin Eubanks, James Moody, John Fedchock, Kim Richmond, Clay Jenkins, Gary Foster, Bob Mintzer and Joshua Breakstone.

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Macomb Country Club | 7:15PM
Sally Weisenburg Trio
 
For the uninitiated, Sally is from the St Louis area but moved to Peoria, Illinois in 1976.  She now lives near Rushville, Il and has played music professionally for all of her years in Illinois.  Sally's musical inspiration has never been based on style, rather the music she plays has to do with quality.  Sally plays "good" music.  That includes blues, soul, jazz, country, standards, rock, Latin, surf and good music from any & all categories.   She is in that exclusive league with those who have been her influences - a truly great natural singer.  She is also in that rare position of an artist who has earned the great respect of her peers.  Sally also plays keyboards and keyboard bass in the band and is joined on stage by her her husband, Don Berbaum on guitar & steel guitar and Tony Corpus on drums.

"This is a group of seasoned pros who know how to let a song breathe” - Blues Review Magazine
www.sallyweisenburg.com

Chandler Park | 10AM & 1PM
Ed Kaizer Quartet

Ed Kaizer has played and continues to study the art of jazz improvisation for the past four decades. He has interacted here and abroad with artists including Lionel Hampton and Herbie Hancock. His show, Jazz From the Hilltop, that he organized, hosted, and performed on this weekly program (invited many of the local and regional jazz players to appear on the program including faculty and students). has been heard and acclaimed by thousands. He continues his piano performances of classical and jazz music at Weaver Ridge in Peoria, Illinois every Sunday morning.


www.classicstojazzkaizer.com/edkaizer.html
www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/music/facstaff/profile.dot?id=474db744-9fb3-4773-9e5e-9d8fd2a9fcaf
www.wtvp.org/events/jazz/jazz.asp

Chandler Park | 11AM & 2PM
Preston Jackson & Friends (featuring Judy Page)


Preston Jackson, a leading award winning visual artist and educator, is also one of Peoria's best Jazz musicians as a guitarist. He can be found with his group - Preston Jackson and Friends - playing with many of the local Jazz musicians.

www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/preston-jackson-41
www.chicagoartistsmonth.org/featured-artists/preston-jackson
http://chicago-outdoor-sculptures.blogspot.com/2011/01/preston-jackson-sculptor-painter.html

 
Judy Page (WEB)
At a very young age, Judy Page knew she was destined to be a singer. At age three she was singing entire gospel songs for friends and neighbors, and by age 15 she was performing with a band for money. Just a couple years later, Ike Turner, the iconic record producer, was on her doorstep, recruiting her to come on tour with him and Tina Turner as an "Ikette." Just days after graduating high school at age 17, Judy flew to Atlanta to perform with Ike and Tina for six months. Since performing with the legendary duo, Page has always been performing, even during her 25 year career at Caterpillar, Inc. After an early retirement, she has been the lead singer of both Kriss/Kross and now the local jazz group, Speakeasy.



Chandler Park | 12PM & 3PM
St. Louis Rivermen
 
Relying on instincts, inspirations of the moment, perfect pitch, inevitable humor, and camaraderie, these musicians create joyous jazz and heart-breaking blues extemporaniously out of challenging ideas flowing forth from each of them. A thorough knowledge of traditional jazz, the example of unarranged jazz bands like Louis Armstrong's ALL STARS and Eddie Condon's small groups, plus years of experience in numerous trad bands, form the solid foundation of their music.

www.stlrivermen.com



Chandler Park | 4PM
WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra (featuring Glenn Wilson)
 
The Jazz Studio Orchestra is the top performing large jazz ensemble at Western Illinois University. The group performs contemporary music from jazz composers such as Jim McNeely, Chuck Owen, Maria Schneider, Mike Crotty and other well-known composers including WIU jazz faculty composer John Cooper.

www.wiu.edu/cofac/jazz/JSO1.php



COFAC Recital Hall | 7:30pm
BCA Featured Headliner - Cyrille Aimée
 
Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival's International Vocal Competition, the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition and finalist in the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, French/Dominican vocalist Cyrille Aimée is, in the words of Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal, "one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation."  Cyrille is from Samois-sur-Seine, France, the same village where the legendary Django Reinhardt once lived and where an annual pilgrimage of gypsies arrive to celebrate Reinhardt's legacy.  Cyrille tours throughout the world both with her band as well as in a duo setting with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueriedo. Cyrille's major label debut, It's a Good Day, will be released Spring 2014.

"a voice like fine whiskey -- oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness" - The Washington Post
www.cyrillemusic.com
 
Tickets go on sale August 25th

Wesley Village Community Center | 11AM-1PM
Jazz Brunch Sunday featuring: St. Louis Rivermen
 
Relying on instincts, inspirations of the moment, perfect pitch, inevitable humor, and camaraderie, these musicians create joyous jazz and heart-breaking blues extemporaniously out of challenging ideas flowing forth from each of them. A thorough knowledge of traditional jazz, the example of unarranged jazz bands like Louis Armstrong's ALL STARS and Eddie Condon's small groups, plus years of experience in numerous trad bands, form the solid foundation of their music.

www.stlrivermen.com

 
or call (309) 837-4855. Reservations open to the public after August 1st.
     
     


The Al Sears Jazz Festival, MACC&DDC
P.O. Box 274
214 N. Lafayette Street • Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-837-4855
info@searsjazzfestival.com
 


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