The Central Illinois Jazz Society

Submitted by: Dick Marsho, President

Sunday, September  15, 2013

The Starting Gate Banquet Room
Landmark Recreation Center

CIJS House Band at 6:00 p.m.

Guest Group: Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project at 7:15 p.m.

The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project features outstanding jazz soloists, rich, Afro-Cuban inspired rhythms, and fresh arrangements of jazz standards. Their most recent CD, “Mambo Influenciado” from 2010, spent several months on the national jazz radio charts where it reached as high as #16 in the country. The recording was also chosen as CD of the month by KUVO Denver, one of the country’s foremost jazz stations.

The group’s leader is drumset artist and percussionist Craig Russo. Craig Russo has a special interest in Afro-Cuban music styles and has studied at Cuba’s prestigious National School of Arts in Havana. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Craig has worked as a Latin percussionist and drum set artist for twenty years, performing on the east coast and in the Midwest with a wide variety of jazz, salsa, Latin jazz, and R&B groups.

The group will feature Kevin Hart on piano, Jeff Magby on drums/congas, Andy Crawford on bass and a horn player TBA.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms. For more information call 692-5330 or visit