Allerton Music Barn Festival to pay tribute to Dizzy Gillespie Sept. 29-Oct. 1

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Music at Allerton Park, performed in a restored Dutch hay barn, is a fall tradition. This year’s Allerton Barn Music Festival will feature a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and a production of the contemporary Broadway musical “[title of show].”

The festival is Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Allerton Music Barn, 588 Allerton Road, Monticello, Illinois. It’s a collaboration between Allerton Park and the University of Illinois School of Music, and it traditionally showcases the U. of I.’s jazz faculty and the Lyric Theatre.

The jazz faculty will present “A Dizzy Gillespie Centenary Tribute” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the barn. The music of Gillespie was chosen because of the 100th anniversary of his birth, and also because of his impact on jazz and developing a new genre called bebop music, said Chip McNeill, a music professor and chair of the jazz performance program.

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