Michael Lyon's interview with this extraordinary musician
By Michael Lyon
Omaha, NE – Gordon Goodwin has built a larger than life reputation for his composing, arranging and playing skills in film. But he has also continued his rise in prominence in the American jazz world with the band that bears his name. Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band plays at the Holland Performing Arts Center New Year's Eve at 8:30pm. Michael Lyon talks with Gordon about his performing life.
Omaha, NE – The VA Medical Center in Omaha will open its newly renovated Emergency Department Friday.
VA officials opened the renovated Department Wednesday morning. The Department features six exam rooms, a trauma room for rapid response, and two multi-purpose rooms. There are also so-called "fast track" rooms to treat Veterans with minor illnesses. The multi-purpose rooms feature retractable doors to cover cabinets and medical supplies to keep psychiatric patients safe.
Omaha, NE – A winter camp happening in mid-January is designed to help teens with cancer enjoy a weekend of fun.
The Teen Winter Camp is January 16-19 in Guthrie Center, Iowa. It's sponsored by Camp Quality Heartland. Director Missy Schreiber says the weekend-long camp allows the teen cancer patients, those in remission and their siblings to spend a weekend with others who can relate.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's fiscal year 2009 budget cuts mean a Police Department recruiting class will be delayed.
Mayor Mike Fahey announced the six million dollars worth of budget cuts last week. A Police recruit class of 42 officers originally scheduled to begin next May will instead begin in September. Police Chief Eric Buske says that means the new officers won't be on Omaha's streets until early 2010.
Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign is short of its goal.
As of Wednesday, the last day of the campaign, the Salvation Army was at 88 percent of its $2.8 million goal. Salvation Army of Omaha Spokeswoman Susan Eustice says the organization hopes support from year-end donors will boost the Tree of Lights Campaign to that goal.
Omaha, Nebraska – Joy to the World, an annual holiday broadcast, will be heard at 8pm Christmas night on KIOS.
Joy to the World is a hour-long live performance of holiday jazz hosted by pianist Bob Thompson. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 1993 in Charleston, West Virginia, it is performed before a consistently sold-out audience at Charleston's Cultural Center Theater. Guest vocalists join Thompson and his on-stage band for the performance.
Omaha, Nebraska – KIOS will present Jazz Piano Christmas XIX Christmas Eve.
Recorded from a concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. this always popular program will include original interpretations of holiday favorites performed in concert by established jazz stars and talented newcomers.