Blue Lou’s blasting into town

Famed saxophonist to perform at muni band’s free spring concert

STERLING – Renowned saxophonist Blue Lou Marini, he of Blues Brothers fame, will be the featured soloist at the Sterling Municipal Symphony Band’s annual spring concert, at 7 p.m. April 24 at Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

According to his website, Marini is one of the most sought-after session horn players on saxophone, flute and clarinet. He’s an arranger and composer who’s played jazz, rock, blues, and classical music in films, TV shows and specials.

He’s been a member of Blood, Sweat and Tears and The Saturday Night Live Band, and he’s recorded with Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Lou Reed and Frank Zappa, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Band and Steely Dan, among others.

He’s also an original member of The Blues Brothers since their first appearances on Saturday Night Live, and has appeared in both movies and on all of recordings and tours. His credits include hundreds of albums, many of which have gone platinum.

Marini will perform a medley of songs from “The Blues Brothers” movie that will include “She Caught the Katy”, “Minnie the Moocher”, and “Think and Sweet Home Chicago”, along with a medley of Henry Mancini tunes.

He will perform on six instruments – flute, alto flute, clarinet, and soprano, alto and tenor sax.

The band plans some great music to accompany his performance.

Admission to the concert is free, and Christ Lutheran School will sell concessions at 6 p.m. and dessert at intermission.

Call conductor Jon James at 815-622-1681 for more information.