The New Orleans Jazz machine is a Traditional/Dixieland jazz band that began over 20 years go. At the 2015 festival the band will feature the following musicians: Carl Johnson, clarinet/soprano sax; Brighten Godfrey, trumpet; Barry Wagner, trombone; Ernie Hoffman, piano; Josh Houchin, bass; Gary Peyton, drums. Occasionally other outstanding instrumentalists and vocalists are featured.
The NOJM plays many Dixieland and swing favorites. The band has played in the Champaign-Urbana area at locations such as the Blind Pig, High Dive, Cowboy Monkey, the Embassy, University of Illinois events, church services, wedding receptions, picnics, parties, and at many other private and community events.
Whether looping solo a cappella as “a one woman Sweet Honey in the Rock,” throwing down at Tipitina’s with her award-winning folk-rock band The Shiz, or performing timeless spirituals from the African-American Folk tradition, Lilli Lewis is a modern day musical Renaissance woman whose refined blend of jazz, blues, classical, and soul bears the power to stir even the stiffest listener.
Paul Asaro is known as one of the finest of a select group of pianists who have mastered the demanding two-handed jazz and ragtime piano styles from the first half of the 20th century. The Stride piano of James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith and Fats Waller, the New Orleans styles of Jelly Roll Morton, the ragtime of Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake, stomps, boogie woogie and swing, Asaro plays them all with a fine ear for detail, blending the elements into his own personal style.
Founded in 2006 by James Falzone and featuring the oud (an ancient Arabic lute), voice, accordion, clarinet, and percussion instruments from around the world, Allos Musica explores the intersection of divergent streams of contemporary classical, jazz, and traditional music from the Middle East and Europe. “Though the Arabic influence is unmistakable,” writes Peter Margasak of the Chicago Reader, “the music’s emotional clarity and lyrical grace is universal.”
The Allos Musica Ensemble comes to the festival in collaboration with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.