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  Links  
    Check out these jazz links from the Central Illinois area.
  Peoria Jazz
jazz info
An informative site dedicated to jazz in Peoria and the surrounding area. Complete with performance calendar, musician bios, and venue information.
  Jonny Beckett
saxophonist
A great saxophonist from the Champaign-Urbana Area who often plays in my group. He has an awesome CD out of mostly originals entitled Son of a Mother, which you can find on his website, along with all kinds of other info. 
  George Turner
guitarist
Jazz guitarist from Macomb who often plays in my groups, both on guitar and electric bass. Currently teaches music at Western Illinois University, and performs with many musicians throughout Central Illinois. He also has a CD available entitled Slip Don't Fall. Here is a link to his myspace page.
  Cassie Hart
saxophonist
Central Illinois jazz saxophonist who also leads her own band. Check out her audio clips and calendar of upcoming performances.
  Cassie Hart
jazz writer
Cassie's blog has miscellaneous commentary on the local and national jazz scenes, and is always informative and entertaining!
  Craig Russo
percussionist
Percussionist and Latin jazz band leader from Springfield. His band is very active around the area, and has two CDs of solid, well-arranged Latin jazz. The site includes band info as well as links to cool Latin jazz and percussion websites.
  Joe Metzka
guitaristvocalist
This talented guitarist/vocalist has established himself around the Peoria area as a cross-over blues and jazz musician and performs a wide range of popular music, old and new. Stay up to date on his performances and latest recordings.
  Sam Crain
guitarist
Jazz guitarist and prolific composer from Springfield who has many CDs available. Includes informative jazz information and links, as well as fun stories, FAQs, and useful handy tips for musicians. Informative and entertaining!
  Jeff Helgesen
trumpeter
Champaign trumpeter also formerly with the Ray Charles Orchestra. This site includes useful information such as transcriptions of trumpet solos and a Champaign-Urbana jazz performance calendar.
  Dave Hoffman
trumpeter
Trumpeter and composer formerly with the Ray Charles Orchestra. Dave has several CDs available, and includes many interesting and funny stories of being on the road.
  Cedar Hills Sound
sound and recording
William Duncan has provided his services around Central Illinois since 2001, and has been extremely beneficial to us jazz musicians, because he knows what jazz music is supposed to sound like! Reliable, reasonable, friendly, and his work is high quality.
  The Iron Post
live music
A restaurant/bar in Urbana that has also been a home for jazz and other music for a few years now. You can hear the areas most seasoned musicians as well as the up-and-coming talents.