The Daily Illini

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.

By Sarah Foster

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 behind the door’s “Bone Island” sign, a shorthand nod to his life’s profession. He tries to re...

Allerton Barn Music Festival returns for eighth season

The eighth year of the Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello kicks off tomorrow with Jupiter Plus at 7:30 p.m. The annual festival has become popular in the area and typically sells out each season. Tickets can be purchased online at allertonmusicbarn.com

By Rebecca Jacobs

September 17, 2014

No, there won’t be a chorus of moos and oinks echoing from livestock at the 2014 Allerton Music Barn Festival. Instead, live performances of string, brass and other instruments will fill the barn, engaging audience members in a rustic setting. Now in its eighth year, the annual Allerton Music Barn Festival...