My column about drummer jokes in December made significant mention of Springfield native son and drummer, Barrett Deems.
I am informed by UIS Auditorium Director Bob Vaughn that the jazz performance on March 30 by the SF Jazz Collective will be dedicated to Deems, who turned 100 the first of that month.
The concert is Sunday at 7 p.m. Vaughan says that concert goers are invited to share a piece of Deems's birthday cake in the Auditorium Lobby following the concert. Special guests will be present.
SFJAZZ’s concert will include pieces by a list of distinguished tribute composers including John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Stevie Wonder, and Chick Corea, among others.Coltrane, Monk, and birthday cake too – go get some.