Chris Cooke

Jazz host

Chris Cooke has been a voice on public radio in Omaha since 1989. Working at KVNO-FM during college, Cooke hosted a weekend progressive jazz show on the station in addition to working as an on-air announcer. In November 1992, Cooke signed on at KIOS-FM and has been there ever since. He has hosted the Tuesday and Thursday editions of Jazz in the Afternoon since 1996 and has hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music and presenting those conversations with listeners. When not hosting or listening to jazz, on record or in person, Cooke maintains a busy schedule as a self-employed web design consultant.

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Last Call celebrates the 70th Birthday of one of the drum legends of our time, Steve Gadd.

Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton returned to Omaha for  After Blue: The Joni Mitchell Project at the 1200 Club at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Two shows were presented on Friday, March 27th, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., the first show to a nearly sold out venue. Audience members responded with enthusiastic applause to presentations of Joni Mitchell's material by Sutton and her trio.  

Bob Parlocha, host of the WFMT Radio Network’s Jazz Network, passed away unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, March 15th.  Parlocha died of a heart attack and had been rehabilitating from an illness over the past year. He was 76. Bob Parlocha was based in the Bay Area and was the first and only host of the Jazz Network, a program heard daily on stations throughout the United States. He was also a tenor and soprano saxophone player.

Rez Abbasi presents a new recording for jazz fans which takes well-known jazz rock 1970s anthems in a new direction. Many fans of jazz-rock are familiar with some of the most well-known 1970s anthems from the supergroups that attracted huge followings worldwide, such as Return to Forever, Weather Report, Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, and others.  Some listeners may have desired from time to time to hear these selections through a different, more subtle, less noisy lens.

Trumpeter Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz music since the 1970s. From his influential jazz rock records with his brother, saxophonist Michael Brecker in the Brecker Brothers to outstanding projects with straight ahead jazz big bands all over the world, Randy Brecker has recorded dozens of outstanding jazz albums over the last several decades  His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have been on hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists including James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa.

Patrick Butler/Sound Pinnacle/ Independent Release

Resonance Records has released a number of historic jazz recordings in the last few years. In 2014 the label released the roof-raising John Coltrane: Offering two disc set, featured on Last Call and reviewed on these webpages. The companion recording on the label is the immediately more accessible Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories.    

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