Musicians: An Incomplete List of Jazz Musicians Connected to Champaign-Urbana

Quite an impressive list of jazz musicians have lived in or found their way through Champaign-Urbana. If you have information to add to this list or can correct any of the information that appears here, please let us know.

A

  • Adleman, Steve (drums)
  • Agnew, Andrew (piano, trumpet)
  • Alexander, John
  • Alonz, Grid (trombone)
  • Anderson, Dan (bass)
  • Anderson, Jerry
  • Atkinson, Waymon "Punchy" (tenor sax)
  • Atwood, Fred

B

  • Baker, Freddie (trumpet)
  • Banks, Nathaniel (trumpet, Maruwa, Chambana)
  • Barkley, Kaleb (drums)
  • Bates, Alan (vibes, composer, steel pan player)
  • Bastien, Ernie (trumpet)
  • Bazzell-Smith, Kwabe (trumpet)
  • Berger, Kenny
  • Beaudoin, Armand (bass)
  • Beers, Larry (drums)
  • Bendel, Rick (trumpet, bass)
  • Benson, George (guitar, "Brother" Jack McDuff's Heating System)
  • Birkner, Tom (trumpet, piano, vocals, American Music Trio, former UI Jazz Band director)
  • Borden, Dickie (drums)
  • Boyle, Bill (bass)
  • Brad, Terry (trio leader)
  • Bradford, Rafe (bass)
  • Bradley, Joe (piano)
  • Braugham, Charlie (drums)
  • Bridgewater, Cecil (trumpet, composer, arranger)
  • Bridgewater, Dee Dee (nee Dee Dee Garrett, vocals)
  • Bridgewater, Erma (piano)
  • Bridgewater, Harold "Pete" (bass, Pete Bridgewater Quartet, radio host)
  • Bridgewater, Ron (saxophone, UIUC School of Music Jazz Division faculty)
  • Brophy, Bill (trumpet)
  • Brown, Lester (drums)
  • Bruce, Dick (leader of a local big band)
  • Bruce, Johnny (saxophone, leader of a local big band)
  • Bruner, Mark "Mouse"
  • Buchtel, Larry
  • Buchtel, Forrest (trumpet)
  • Burr, Jon (bass)

C

  • Cahill, Hank
  • Campbell, John
  • Campbell, Will
  • Capo, Victoria (vocals)
  • Carrier, Kevin (saxophone)
  • Carter, Morris (trombone)
  • Castle, Pat
  • Cheatham, Russell (organ, Sorgum leader)
  • Christian, Jodie (piano)
  • Cisne, Dick (piano, Medicare, had his own dance band)
  • Clark, Russell (bass, composer)
  • Cronkhite, Glen (drums)
  • Cox, Jim (bass)
  • Cuomo, Jim (clarinet)
  • Curry, John (saxophone, Central High School jazz band director)
  • Curry, Mark
  • Cziko, Gary (reeds)

D

  • Dahlstedt, John (drums, guitar)
  • Davis, Adam
  • Davis, Art
  • Davis, Maurice
  • Deal, Tim (saxophone, band leader)
  • Dean, Joe (band leader)
  • Deckard, Danny (drums)
  • DeLorenzo, Dan
  • Demon, "Count" (nee William Evans, drums, vocals, Demons of Jazz)
  • Dewar, Ron (saxophone)
  • Dixon, Andrew (saxophone)
  • Doctor, Bruce (percussion)
  • Dreyer, Dave (vocals, flute)
  • Duerson, Dewey (bass, Demons of Jazz)
  • Dukes, Joe (drums, "Brother" Jack McDuff's Heating System)
  • Dutton, John (drums)
  • Dwyer, Larry (piano)

E

  • Elliston, Ron (piano)
  • Evans, John
  • Engels, Kevin (saxophone)

F

  • Feldman, Bill (baritone saxophone)
  • Felty, J. Michael (keyboards)
  • Ferguson, Jay (drums)
  • Ferrantino, Ken (trumpet)
  • Fink, Ron (drums)
  • Finkelman, Jason (berimbau, percussion, composer, Nu Orbit leader, WEFT host)
  • Firrantello, Joe (sax/flute, changed name to Joe Farrell after moving to NYC)
  • Fleischer, Jim
  • Flores, Ricardo (percussion)
  • Flynn, Jamey (trombone)
  • Flynn, Shauna (trumpet)
  • Foster, Candy (harmonica, singer)
  • Fredrickson, Tom (bass, composer, former UIUC School of Music director)
  • Fredrickson, Lonnie (saxophone)
  • Fredrickson, Sara (trumpet)
  • French, Bill (keyboards)
  • Frillman, Scott (saxophone, Members Big Band, Jeff Helgesen Quintet)

G

  • Gabriel, Michael (trombone)
  • Barrett, Donald Raphael (bass)
  • Garvey, Darren (drums)
  • Garvey, John (viola, founder of the UIUC Jazz Band)
  • Ginsberg, Mark
  • Goldsmith, George (drummer, stationed at Chanute Air Force Bass)
  • Gollings, Ward
  • Gratteau, Phil (drums)
  • Green, Tim (piano)
  • Griggs, Steve (bass)
  • Grosser, Ben (trumpet)
  • Gushee, Larry (UIUC School of Music faculty)

H

  • Halleman, Dick (vocals, leader of hot local big band)
  • Hamilton, Dale (local band leader)
  • Hankins, Sam (trumpet, Edison Middle School Jazz Band director)
  • Harmantas, Frank (trombone)
  • Harris, Joe (trombone)
  • Hart, Kevin (vibes, piano, drums, Parkland College combo director)
  • Harvey, George (trombone)
  • Hatcher, Nate (trumpet)
  • Heister, Bob
  • Heitler, Don (piano)
  • Helgesen, Gregg (trumpet, Medicare)
  • Helgesen, Jeff (trumpet, Bontuku, Trumpet Madness, Jeff Helgesen Quintet)
  • Helleny, Joel
  • Hickey, Joan (piano)
  • Hines, Walter "Jelly" (drums)
  • Hite, Ernest (piano/organ, Pete Bridgewater Quartet)
  • Hobbs, Bobby (drums)
  • Hobgood, Laurence (piano, Laurence Hobgood Trio)
  • Hoffman, Ernie (piano)
  • Holloway, Bryan (keyboards)
  • Holloway, Red (saxophone, "Brother" Jack McDuff's Heating System)
  • Holmes, Orlin "Rooster" (bass)
  • Honnold, Daniel (piano)
  • Hoskins, Doris (piano)
  • Houchin, Joshua (bass)
  • Hubble, Fred (saxophone)
  • Hurtubise, John (bass)
  • Hutchens, John (tenor saxophone, Sorgum, Pocket Big Band leader)
  • Hutchinson, Jamie (trombone, jazz poetry)
  • Hutson, Dave (alto saxophone)

I

  • Israels, Chuck

J

  • Jackson, Daniel (saxophone, from San Diego and stationed at Chanute Air Force Base)
  • Jahiel, Greg (guitar, Desafinado)
  • James, Rudy (drums, band leader)
  • Janusz, Jerry
  • Jennings, Joe (saxophone)
  • Jensen, Steve (trumpet)
  • Johnson, Bryant (drums)
  • Johnson, Carl (saxophone, clarinet)
  • Johnson, Connie (vibes, Desafinado)
  • Johnson, Eric (drums)
  • Johnson, Vince (saxophone)
  • Jolls, Ken (vibes)
  • Jost, Anne Scott (vocals)

K

  • Karlstrom, Paul (trombone, trumpet, Musicians Union president)
  • Kangelosi, Larry
  • Karr, Wayne (local band leader)
  • Kaye, Jordan (guitar)
  • Kennelly, Lisa
  • Kirk, Mark (saxophone)
  • Kizer, Kevin (saxophone)
  • Knapp, Jim (trumpet, arranger)
  • Knight, Chris
  • Knox, Milton "Lump" (organ)
  • Kocour, Mike (piano, organ)
  • Korsmeyer, Karen
  • Kramer, Justin (percussion)
  • Krauss, Victor (bass)

L

  • Langford, Norman (piano/saxophone, Pete Bridgewater Quartet)
  • Langsjoen, Britta (trombone)
  • Lee, Rachael (vocals)
  • Lewis, Bob (clarinet)
  • Lewis, Jim (trombone)
  • Lidral, Karel (saxophone)
  • Llano, Dan (percussion, Tim Green Latin Jazz Septet)
  • Loftus, Walt (trumpet, local band leader, Champaign High School in the 50s)
  • Lutenbach, Hal (drums)
  • Lyke, Jim (piano, American Music Trio)

M

  • Machota, Jeff (Jazz & Blues Association, radio host)
  • Magby, Jeff (drums)
  • Marsh, George (drums)
  • Martino, Pat (guitar, "Brother" Jack McDuff's Heating System)
  • Martirano, Dorothy (violin)
  • Masar, Shelly (Nature's Table proprietor)
  • Masar, Terry (Nature's Table proprietor)
  • May, Jack (saxophone)
  • McKeage, Tim (electric guitar)
  • McDowell, Austin (saxophone)
  • McDuff, "Brother" Jack (Hammond B3 organ, "Brother" Jack McDuff's Heating System)
  • McEntyre, Bob (drums)
  • McKinley, Maurice (drums, Chambana)
  • McNeely, Jim (piano, composer/arranger)
  • McNeill, Chip (saxophone, piano, composer/arranger, current director of Jazz Studies for the UIUC School of Music)
  • Michel, Bob (started history of Nature's Table)
  • Miglia, Jay (tenor saxophone)
  • Miller, David (guitar)
  • Miller, Mike (banjo, guitar)
  • Monaghan, John (bass)
  • Montz, Dick (trumpet)
  • Morgan, Robert (piano, arranger)
  • Morrison, Kurt (guitar)
  • Mortenson, Matt (Zorba's owner)
  • Mulvaney, Tim
  • Musser, Paul (bass)

N

  • Nieto, Carlos
  • Nollenberger, Kells
  • Norman, Bob (local band and combo leader)

O

  • O'Connor, John (cornet, trumpet)
  • Oltman, Phil (drums)
  • Overton, Bill
  • Owens, Don (arranger)

P

  • Paliga, Mitch (saxophone)
  • Parsons, Bill (drums)
  • Parsons, LaMonte (guitar)
  • Parsons, Sean (piano, trombone)
  • Parsons, Tracy (Two Main Lounge proprietor)
  • Paynter, Tom (piano, flute, composer)
  • Pence, Russ (trumpet)
  • Pennell, John (bass)
  • Perkins, Clyde "Sweets" (drums, Pete Bridgewater Quartet)
  • Perrino, Dan (saxophone, Medicare)
  • Petterson, Mike (guitar)
  • Peyton, Gary (drums, piano)
  • Pitsch, Shane (trumpet)
  • Porter, Dave
  • Powell, Morgan (trombone, arranger)
  • Powers, Michael (drums)
  • Prickett, Tom (heard at the Capitol Lounge)
  • Proto, Art (banjo)
  • Pryor, Jim (piano)

Q

R

  • Rahn, Stan (saxophone, clarinet, vocals)
  • Rainey, Paul (bass)
  • Reed, Rufus (bass)
  • Reedy, Brian (drums, percussion)
  • Rent, Todd (piano, Maruwa)
  • Richmond, Kim (saxophone, composer)
  • Richtmeyer, Debra (saxophone)
  • Rinaldo, Johnny (trumpet, band leader)
  • Roberts, George (piano, Pete Bridgewater Quartet, Original 4 Clefs)
  • Roderick, Bud (saxophone, band leader)
  • Rogby, Steve (bass)
  • Rosales, Giraldo (percussion, Desafinado)
  • Rosenberg, Marlene
  • Roubal, Peter (saxophone, guitar, In Your Ear band leader)
  • Roush, Rich (bass trombone)
  • Rubenstein, Marty (piano)
  • Rudd, Nick (electric guitar)
  • Rudman, Perry (bass)
  • Russo, Bill

s

  • Salman, Randy
  • Sasaki, Ray (trumpet, Condition Blue)
  • Savage, Darius (bass)
  • Scalise, Ron
  • Scheiderman, Rob (piano)
  • Scheutz, Glenn (bass)
  • Schirmer, Tim (piano, Parkland College Music Program director)
  • Schneider, Eric (saxophone and other reeds)
  • Schneider, Rick (piano, vocals)
  • Schultz, Ryan (trumpet)
  • Scott, John "Doc" (trumpet, composer)
  • Scott, Mac (banjo, Mac Scott and His Footwarmers)
  • Seilert, Vern (trumpet)
  • Senese, Guy
  • Sexton, John
  • Sexton, Haskel Orlando (trumpet)
  • Shumm, Andy
  • Shutter, Tommy (trumpet)
  • Sill, Kelly (bass)
  • Sinclair, Guido (saxophone)
  • Singer, Tom (trumpet)
  • Slates, Gary
  • Smith, Donald (keyboards, vocals, flute; currently residing in NYC)
  • Smith, Howie (saxophone, arranger)
  • Smith, Warren (drums)
  • Souther, Hal
  • Sparks, Marvin (drums)
  • Spencer, Joel (drums)
  • Sporny, David (trombone)
  • Stafford, Merle (drums)
  • Sterrod, Herb
  • Stiteley, Jeff (drums)
  • Stryker, Mike (piano)
  • Stryker, Mark
  • Suhor, Charlie
  • Sullivan, Tom

T

  • Tatum, Bryant (drums)
  • Taylor, Ben (bass)
  • Taylor, Ernie (bass, arranger)
  • Terry, Clark (trumpet)
  • Tessin, Jerry (trumpet)
  • Thigpen, Ed (drums)
  • Thomas, Dave (bass)
  • Tidaback, Doug (trombone)
  • Torez, Elliot (bass)
  • Tripp, Chuck
  • Tubbs, John (bass)
  • Turros, Juan (saxophone)

U

V

  • Valentine, Jerry (trombone, composer/arranger)
  • VanderGheynst, Paul (trombone)
  • Verhula, Joe (drums)
  • Vick, Harold (saxophone, "Brother" Jack McDuff's Heating System)

W

  • Walden, Josh (bass)
  • Warrington, Tom (bass)
  • Washington, Dari (saxophone)
  • West, Aaron (saxophone)
  • Wheeler, Brad
  • Wienke, Paul (Jazz & Blues Association, WILL producer)
  • Wilke, Brian (guitar)
  • Wirtel, Thomas "Shab" (aka Thomas Shabda Noor, trumpet, arranger)
  • Woodward, Woody (piano)
  • Woolf, Mick (WILL and WEFT jazz host)

X

Y

  • Yancy, Bill (bass, Demons of Jazz)

Z

  • Zamora, Tony (saxophone, Project 500, Tony Zamora Jazz Members, Pete Bridgewater Quartet)
  • Zeitlin, Denny (piano)
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