The Central Illinois Jazz Society


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Title: The Central Illinois Jazz Society
Description: The Central Illinois Jazz Society Serving Central Illinois Since 1978
Presents CIJS House Band At 6:00 p.m.
Guest Group-Travis Wesley Trio At 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Jazz Nights in the Heights at Trailside Event Center, second floor of Trefzger's Bakery, 4416 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights.

Travis Wesley has established himself as an innovator of carving out new avenues in jazz. This is evident on his 2013 album, Cycle by Three and his 2012 album, Natural Diversion. His repertoire consisting of standards and original compositions open doors to experimentation through cohesive conversation that is endlessly leading forward with continuous exchanges that capture the melodic thought process of this igniting force. "Wesley's technique leaves the listener open to new musical horizons that not only astound his audiences but teaches them what real jazz is "says Jaijai Jackson, of The Jazz Network Worldwide. His trio for this event will consist of Travis on piano, Tom Marko on drums and Crystal Rebone on bass. Wesley was originally influenced with formal training, playing the likes of Chopin, Bach, Bartok and Mozart, with much emphasis on the traditional piano repertoire. Soon after, he was introduced to swing, ragtime, boogie-woogie, which led him into the exploration of other eras of jazz. While attending Berklee College of Music, Travis worked as a professional musician. He later relocated to Central Illinois, where he has received a Bachelor's degree in jazz studies, a Master's degree in Music from Eastern Illinois University, and a Doctorate in jazz piano performance with additional emphasis in musicology from The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music and Jazz Studies at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL, an active clinician, and soon-to-be published author of a textbook on American roots music. Please Visit: Website: .

The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms - sax
. The CIJS House Band features outstanding jazz musicians from the area. They will present a mixture of jazz styles. For more information visit or call 243-1582. Food and beverages are available for purchase at this live jazz program.
Admission: $6.00 Members $10.00 Non-Members Students are free

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) is a non-profit organization that is open to anyone who enjoys jazz. You do not have to be a musician to be a member or to attend our programs. Please consider joining the Central Illinois Jazz Society and supporting live jazz.
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