Jazz concert at SUMC

SYCAMORE – From the first time music director Bev Rauch heard Jazz in Progress last August, she wanted to bring the group, with its all energy and  musicianship, to Sycamore United Methodist Church.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, she will get her wish, and the public is invited to the performance at the church, 160 Johnson Ave. in Sycamore.

Jazz in Progress, under the direction of Dave Lehman, was founded by Aaron Butler to encourage local musicians to play for the love of music. The group made its public debut in 2012 as part of the Celebration Chorale’s “Salute to the USO” concert.

A few of the musicians in the group are no strangers to SUMC. Jim Selig regularly adds his saxophone stylings to the Christmas and spring choral celebrations, as well as to the praise team Spiritwind. Paul Watson plays trombone, guitar, banjo, penny whistle, and sings in the worship services as well as in special productions.

One of the appeals of the 18-piece combo is the variety of its sets. Swing-era composers such as Duke Ellington and Cole Porter are interspersed with funk and jazz favorites from the 1960s and 70s and more modern tunes. By special request of the SUMC director, the group is working on a jazz version of an old gospel favorite.

Refreshments will be served after the celebration, and a free-will offering will be taken.

For more information, call 815-895-9113 or visit

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