FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: June 26, 2002

    Contact: Jiffy Johnson, 206-6516

WUIS-WIPA to broadcast Washington Street Jazz

SPRINGFIELD -- WUIS (91.9/Springfield) and WIPA (89.3/Pittsfield) will air performances from Washington Street Jazz at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.  Performers recorded live at the concert held June 22 in downtown Springfield next to the Old State Capitol include the Jaigh Lowder Trio, Angel Spiccia and the Terry Brennan Quartet, the Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project, and Scotty and the Ligonaires.

This was the 16th annual summer concert sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council, National City Bank, WUIS-WIPA, and other community groups and funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council.

The Jaigh Lowder Trio features guitar instrumentals and original compositions by Lowder, who also creates fresh arrangements of classics and standards. Trio members are Lowder on guitar, Curt Smith on bass, and Ron Carter on drums.

Angel Spiccia, a Chicago native who has worked with many performers including Rachel Lee, Don Heitler, and Michael Dennis, is a vocal student at Millikin University. The Terry Brennan Quartet includes John Sluzalis on drums and percussion, Perry Rask on alto saxophone, and Andy Burthchi on bass. This performance also includes a special appearance by Tom Gleason on trumpet.

The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project blends jazz with Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Russo studied at the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba, and has worked as a Latin percussionist and drumset artist for 20 years. Other members of the group include Glenn Wilson on baritone sax, Doug Little on sax, Williem von Hombracht on bass, Jeff Magby on drums and percussion, and Chris Mathieu on piano.

The Ligonaires, led by Scott Ligon, formerly of the River City Soul Revue, is an organ-based rhythm and blues combo featuring vocals and instrumentals. Members include Mike Nellas on guitar, Tim Brickner on bass guitar, Matt Warren on drums, and Doug Daniels on tenor sax. 

WUIS-WIPA regularly features jazz programming at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.