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|Knoxville Native Returns Again for Jazz Festival
|A Knox County native is returning home to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of a popular and ever-growing jazz music festival.
Knoxville's own Matt Wilson is headlining the 30th Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival starting Thursday and running through Saturday at various locations in downtown Galesburg. Wilson was last in town for the 25th anniversary, and organizers say he's been talking with students and at other community events throughout the week since he's been back in town.
Wilson tells WGIL it's important for people to not just listen to jazz music being played, it's important for them to SEE it as well.
"The audience is such a vital part of jazz music," Wilson said, "because the music happens in the moment. I always feel like there's a flow between the performer and the (audience). They're experiencing it just at the same time we are. It'll never happen the same way again. So if you come to the Orpheum on Saturday, or if you hear music at McGillacuddy's on Thursday and Friday with these great bands, that music will never happen the same way again."
McGillacuddy's and the Orpheum are two of the venues being used for this year's Knox-Rootabaga Jazz festival. Wilson says in his world travels playing jazz with his quartet and others, he's run into many performers who have heard of the festival, or who have played it, and he says all seem to remember it fondly.
As for how he got interested in jazz, Wilson says he saw an episode of the old 1970's "Lucy Show" that featured drumming legend Buddy Rich, and he was hooked.
|04 08 10 by Newsroom
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