November 6, 2001

Tribute to Cal Collins with Five Local Musicians Honoring Cincinnati Jazz Legend on Friday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. at Main Library

A Tribute to Cal Collins will honor the late local jazz guitarist with a performance by the Phil Willis Group at the Main Library, 800 Vine Street, on Friday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.

From mellow ballads to funky fusion, in group settings, duos and solo, guitarist Phil Willis takes a modern approach that has made him a favorite at Tristate Border�s Books & Music stores. He stays busy on the bookstore circuit with his adventurous, modern approach to jazz guitar. Other performers in the group include Lou Lausche on bass, Tony Sweet on drums, John Bercaw on piano, and Mike Campbell on saxophone. All either studied under or performed with Collins.

Originally from Medura, Indiana, Cal Collins moved to Cincinnati in the 1950s. He became interested in the guitar by emulating some of the pianists he had heard on the radio, particularly Nat King Cole and Art Tatum. As a teenager he played professionally in and around Cincinnati, and by the early 1950s was finding steady work at the radio studios in the area. Collins remained a staple of the Ohio and Indiana jazz scenes throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, before he was "discovered" by Benny Goodman in 1976. He spent three years with the Goodman band and was invited to join Concord Records as the house guitarist in 1977, recording six record albums from 1978-81. Collins received a 2001 Cammy Award for Lifetime Achievement earlier this year, shortly before his death in August.

The free concert is made possible by the Library Program Fund.

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