New jazz group will debut Wednesday at Iron Post

URBANA – Baritone saxophonist/University of Illinois faculty member Glenn Wilson will introduce a new jazz group, Devil's Hopyard, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U.

Besides Wilson, the band is made up of UI Professor Jim Pugh on trombone; violinist Dorothy Martirano; cellist Tomeka Reid; Armand Beaudoin on cello, bass and electric cello; Chris Nolte on bass; and Josh Hunt on drums.

Wilson described Devil's Hopyard's music as free-age, new-garde-avant jazz, "but the melodies are so beautiful that its very soothing, too, at times."

The band plays original as well as music from Thomas Chapin's recording "Haywire," which features strings along with alto/soprano sax but no trombone.

"Thomas was a dear friend of mine who passed away at the age of 42 from leukemia," Wilson said. "He recorded on Knitting Factory and was quite popular on the downtown New York scene. Thomas' widow, Terri, gave me copies of the music. It's great music: classical sounding enough for some, but the improvising is pretty out there."

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