"I'm very optimistic that really good things could come from this," says Hall.
"I think this is an opportunity for the music department and the college as a whole to embrace all of the great things that Bill established over the years.
"For the last 10 years, much of that has kind of been lost, because of (institutional) change. But we're in another transition period."
For Williams, the event offers an opportunity "to renew awareness of who Bill Russo was, including among the younger generation of artists and musicians in Chicago, and also certainly at Columbia College."
Ten years later, the remembrance begins not a moment too soon.
For details on "Celebrating William Russo: Artist and Educator," visit colum.edu/Russo.
Hyde Park bash
The seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will run Sept. 28-29 in venues across the neighborhood, but listeners who want to get an early start on listening can attend the annual Benefit Concert featuring Trinidadian trumpeter-bandleader Etienne Charles. He'll lead a sextet that will include pianist Christian Sands and drummer Dana Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.; $50-$100; $10 for students with I.D.; a ticketed reception will start at 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, visit hydeparkjazzfestival.org or 773-702-2787.
To read more from Howard Reich on jazz, go to chicagotribune.com/reich.