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UI professor tours, records, connects through jazz

Jim Pugh, professor of jazz studies, has had a career of playing and recording music, and touring with giants, including Woody Herman, Chick Corea, Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pink Floyd and Frank Sinatra.
December 3, 2014

When he first saw it, he was ten years old. And, for whatever reason, he thought it might be interesting. Now 54 years later, Jim Pugh, professor of jazz studies at the University, sits in his office...

Pianist, National Guard officer performs for ‘A Salute to Veterans’

Pianist, National Guard officer performs for 'A Salute to Veterans'
November 3, 2014

Pianist Ian Gindes will always remember his first big audience. It was not in a concert hall, but rather a theater in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, in front of hundreds of young soldiers at a meeting for...

Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra performing at Krannert

October 7, 2014

There’s something distinctly different about the Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra group. As with professional orchestra groups, the musical talent is there. However, while many “Big Five” chamber and other...

C-U Symphony Orchestra brings ‘A Season of Joy’ to Krannert

Stephen Alltop conducts the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra in front of an audience at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on March 9.
December 12, 2013

Just over 53 years ago, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert at Smith Music Hall. More than 250 performances later, the ensemble is still going strong, showcasing a variety...

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