URBANA — Jazz pianist Chip Stephens, a University of Illinois music professor, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Performing with him will be UI professors Joel Spencer on drums and Larry Gray on bass.
The concert program will feature: "St. Stephens at the Golden Gates," composed by Stephens and dedicated to his father, John W. Stephens, who died on May 17, 2012; "Somewhere Before the End," by Stephens; "The Decathexis from Youth," by Stephens for his son, Cole; "Gravity," by Gray; "Cavatina" by Stanley Myers; "Dear Old Stockholm," a Swedish folk song; "Count Down" by John Coltrane; and "Tempus Fugit" by Bud Powell.
Stephens, Spencer and Gray are collectively known as the SSG Trio. All three have performed with legendary jazz figures, both past and present. Each member of the SSG Trio has been called a virtuoso on his respective instrument.
The performance will last about 90 minutes and has no intermission. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $4 for students.