Jazz in Champaign-Urbana

Upcoming jazz events in the Champaign-Urbana area. List updated as time allows. To have your event included, please send email to champaignurbanajazz@gmail.com.

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Week of 5/9/2021

Monday 5/10/2021

Fiddle-Sax Fusion Band at Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana (5-6pm, tips encouraged)

Brian Stark (saxophone), Jessie Stark (fiddle), Stephen Busath (percussion)

Tuesday 5/11/2021

Simply This Quintet at Rose Bowl Tavern (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Matthew Storie (saxophone), Reginald Lewis (saxophone), Jesus Fuentes (guitar), Emma Taylor (bass), Frank Kurtz (drums)

Josh Quirk and Friends at Boomerangs Bar and Grill in Urbana (6-9pm, beer garden, no cover/donations encouraged)

Joe Longardener (saxophone), Jose Gobbo (guitar), Ben Taylor (bass), Josh Quirk (drums)

Wednesday 5/12/2021

Larry Gray Guitar Trio at Rose Bowl Tavern (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

LG (guitar), Emma Taylor (bass), Frank Kurtz (drums)

Thursday 5/13/2021

Mock5 at Rose Bowl Tavern (7:30-9pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Paul Mock (guitar), Kevin King (sax/flute), Kurt Reeder (keyboard), Andrey Goncalves (bass), John Sergel (drums)

Friday 5/14/2021

Kurt Reeder and Friends at Rose Bowl Tavern (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Kurt Reeder (keyboard) and friends

Simply This Quartet at Nola's Rock Bar in Urbana (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)


Saturday 5/15/2021

Kevin Hart Trio at Baxter's American Grille in Champaign (6-9pm, no cover)

Kurt Reeder (keyboard) and friends

Week of 5/16/2021

Sunday 5/16/21

Almost “A” Quintet at Rose Bowl Tavern (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

George Turner (guitar), Sam Gingher (keyboard/accordion/melodica/didgeridoo), Armand Beaudoin (bassetto), Ricaro Flores (percussion), Doro Martirano (violin)

Monday 5/17/2021

Fiddle-Sax Fusion Band at Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana (5-6pm, tips encouraged)

Brian Stark (saxophone), Jessie Stark (fiddle), Stephen Busath (percussion)

Tuesday 5/18/2021

Mitchell Maftean Group at Rose Bowl Tavern (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)


Chip McNeil Quartet at Boomerangs Bar and Grill in Urbana (6-9pm, beer garden, no cover/donations encouraged)

Chip McNeil (saxophone), Kurt Reeder (piano), Andrew Binder (bass), Nikola Djocik (drums)

Wednesday 5/19/2021

Jazz Friends Quintet at Rose Bowl Tavern (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Erik Lund (trombone), Jeff Helgesen (trumpet), and friends

Friday 5/21/2021

Chip McNeil and Friends at Carriage Crossing Senior Living in Champaign (2-3pm, free)

Brad Wheeler Quartet at Nola's Rock Bar in Urbana (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Brad Wheeler (saxophone) and friends

Week of 5/23/2021

Monday 5/24/2021

Fiddle-Sax Fusion Band at Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana (5-6pm, tips encouraged)

Brian Stark (saxophone), Jessie Stark (fiddle), Stephen Busath (percussion)

Tuesday 5/25/2021

Odds and Ends at Rose Bowl Tavern (5-7pm, tips encouraged)

Kurt Reeder (keyboards), John Sergel (drums)

Josh Quirk and Friends at Boomerangs Bar and Grill in Urbana (6-9pm, beer garden, no cover/donations encouraged)

Brian Stark (saxophone), Leon Lewis-Nicol (piano), Ben Taylor (bass), Josh Quirk (drums)

Wednesday 5/26/2021

Vine Street Syncopators at Rose Bowl Tavern (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Randy Salman (clarinet), Barry Wagner (trombone/vocals), Jeff Helgesen (trumpet), Josh Houchin (bass), Steve Meadows (banjo)

Friday 5/28/2021

Chip Stephens Organ Trio at Rose Bowl Tavern (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Chip Stephens (keyboard) and friends

New Orleans Jazz Machine at Nola's Rock Bar in Urbana (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Carlyle Johnson (saxophone/clarinet) and friends

Week of 5/30/2021

Thursday 6/3/2021

Kevin Hart Trio at Baxter's American Grille in Champaign (6-9pm, no cover)

Friday 6/4/2021

Chip McNeil Quartet at Nola's Rock Bar in Urbana (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Chip McNeil (saxophone), Kurt Reeder (piano/keyboards), Emma Taylor (bass), Nikola Djokic (drums)

Week of 6/6/2021

Friday 6/11/2021

Brian Stark and the Blue Funk All-Stars at Nola's Rock Bar in Urbana (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Brian Stark (saxophone) and friends

Week of 6/13/2021

Friday 6/18/2021

TMB + Doro at Nola's Rock Bar in Urbana (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)


Week of 6/20/2021

Friday 6/25/2021

New Orleans Jazz Machine at Nola's Rock Bar in Urbana (5-7pm, no cover/donations encouraged)

Carlyle Johnson (saxophone/clarinet) and friends

Thursday 7/29/2021

Kevin Hart Trio at Baxter's American Grille in Champaign (6-9pm, no cover)

Saturday 9/4/2021

Kevin Hart Trio at Baxter's American Grille in Champaign (6-9pm, no cover)