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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.

Email address:christopher.cooke@ops.org

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A prolific recording artist, drummer Matt Wilson has appeared on over 250 records. Touring and performing worldwide, he performed recently at the Iowa City Jazz Festival with Mumbo Jumbo: A Tribute To Paul Motian. Matt Wilsons exceptional drum artistry has been featured on the Last Call for many years. A master of the unexpected, Wilson is always a delight to hear as a sideman or bandleader. Matt Wilson has worked with Dena DeRose in recent years as her drummer on several recordings. As a...

Tenor saxophonist Virginia Mayhew celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Mary Lou Williams with new arrangements of eight Williams compositions, including Whats You Story, Morning Glory?, material from the Zodiac Suite, plus two new compositions by Virginia inspired by the legendary pianist. Mary Lou Williams was born on May 8, 1910 and became one of the most important composers and pianists in jazz, performing in every stylistic period of the genre. Original recordings and...

Chick Corea is one of the major pioneers of fusion. "No musician has used the fusion concept with more variety, intelligence and unimpeachable taste than Chick Corea," wrote Len Lyons, a longtime jazz author and critic, in his book "The 101 Best Jazz Albums." Corea worked with the Miles Davis Ensemble during the sessions that produced the legendary recordings In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew, in addition to birthing several successful fusion bands including Corea's Return to Forever. Return...

Remembering Pete Cosey

Jun 9, 2012

Pete Cosey, a Chicago guitarist who was known for his work with the Miles Davis band from 1973-1975, passed away on May 30th. He was 68. Coseys intense, roaring guitar work fed through wah-wah distortion was a important part of the Miles Davis sound of the mid 1970s. The Afro-rock groove was dark, intense, and relentless, and Coseys dynamic voice on the instrument was a tremendous assett to the band as it explored the frontiers of music on several studio and live albums, Dark Magus, Agharta...

Tribute albums are a plenty these days to legends in jazz. These discs have varying degrees of quality and artistic sincerity. Without question Arturo Sandovals latest disc is at an extremely high level of accomplishment in any regard. The heartfelt nature of the project no doubt drives the effort. Jazz fans who were plugged into the music during the 1980s may recall when Arturo Sandoval first appeared on the national jazz scene. On national television, he publicly stated he was one of the...

An artist with roots in the Midwest, Rhiannon is one of a handful of vocalists who can successfully explore totally improvised music. Her latest recording, Spontaneous, is a good introduction to her immense talents. Together with Abraham Laboriel, electric basses; Alex Acuna, drums and percussion, Otmaro Ruiz, acoustic piano and Jetro Da Silva, acoustic piano and keyboards, the ensemble (also named Spontaneous) creates magic. Breath, Multitudes and Drop of Rain are profound experiences of...

Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery moves to the center stage with a personal musical statement. The Only Son of One is informed by a troubled childhood that is familiar to those with abusive parents. Escofferys response to dark childhood memories is a spiritual statement of processing and release. It is a profound one. Aided and enhanced by keyboards played by Orrin Evans and Adam Holzman, bass either from Hans Glawischnig and Ricky Rodrigues and drums from Jason Brown, the date reminds the listener...

This week KIOS celebrates the 100th birthday of Gil Evans, one of jazz musics most celebrated composers and arrangers. Jazz in the Afternoon will begin the weeklong tribute on Tuesday May 8th with music featuring Evans work as a leader and in collaboration with Miles Davis. NPRs Jazz Profiles will examine his life and career on Thursday May 10th. JazzSet will present a concert tribute to the collaborative efforts between Evans and Miles Davis on Friday May 11th. And Rick Erben and Chris Cooke...

Jazz concerts at NPR

May 8, 2012

Jazz fans can turn to NPR Music for archived performances with todays leading jazz artists. This month you can listen to new performances from Steve Coleman and Third World Love. Recently The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca presented a concert with the Ingrid Jensen Quintet. That performance has been archived, along with recent performances from drummer Al Foster and pianist Geri Allen at the Live at the Village Vanguard concert series. You may listen to these and other concerts anytime at...

Jazz in the Afternoon host Chris Cooke speaks with Calvin Keys in the KIOS studios. Omaha native Calvin Keys has returned to Omaha for a series of performances on May 4th and 5th at Loves Jazz & Arts Center. Show times both nights are at 7:00pm. Keys, an internationally renowned jazz guitarist, has returned many times to his hometown to perform to appreciative audiences. For more information and reserved seats you may call 402-502-5291. Loves Jazz and Arts Center is located at 2510 North...

A prolific guitarist whose music has been featured on the Last Call for many years, Joel Harrison has returned with two recordings worthy of your consideration.

Holy Abyss is a superb project with Italian bassist Lorenzo Feliciati and trumpeter Cuong Vu. Roy Powell is at the piano and Dan Weiss is on the drums. A series of captivating, moody, unpredictable tracks greet the listener, with highlights being "Requiem For An Unknown Soldier" "Saturday Night In Pendleton" and the gripping...

Immediately accessible and a pleasant listening experience, Radio Music Society is another career landmark for Grammy-winning vocalist and bassist Esperanza Spalding. While the disc is clearly geared towards a pop audience, this does not mean the music is without interest to jazz fans. With an all star cast including Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Terri Lyne Carrington and Gretchen Parlato, Spaldings disc has many bright moments, including Radio Song, Black Gold & I Cant Help It, all...

Guitarist John Moulder, a long time presence on the Chicago music scene, is presented in a live session recorded with his quintet at the noted Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago. In a set that oscillates between crescendos and quiet meditative passages, the John Moulder Quintet amazes the at home listener in many ways. Moulders guitar mastery is on display in Gateway, in The Eleventh Hour the band performs with the self-assurance of a Pat Metheny live set but with more edginess. Creation...

Frank Russell is a bassist deserving wider recognition. On his second CD, Circle Without End, Russell displays total mastery of the bass, something he refined while working with noted jazz guitarist Henry Johnson and the legendary South African singing group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. A Chicago native, Russell has worked as a musician for more than 25 years.The bassist has performed at many jazz festivals across the country including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Telluride Jazz Festival and...

KIOS will air a special to usher in Jazz Appreciation Month in April. The Art of the Jazz Solo can be heard Friday April 6th at 2:00PM. The one-hour program is part of a series from Interlochen Public Radio in Michigan called The New Jazz Archive hosted by Jeff Haas. The Art of the Jazz Solo goes inside the art and craft of one jazzs most quintessential elements: the solo. Well hear from veteran jazz instructor Bill Sears about the challenge of teaching students the art of jazz improvisation,...

KIOS celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month, a national celebration sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute to help raise awareness of this great American art form. The objective, is to draw greater attention to jazz by encouraging musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, libraries and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April. You can learn more about Jazz Appreciation Month at www.smithsonianjazz.org

Jazz in the Afternoon host Chris Cooke interviews Kathy Kosins, veteran jazz vocalist. Her new recording, To The Ladies of Cool, is a toast to four of the most important vocalists in jazz, Chris Connor, Anita O'Day, June Christy and Julie London. In a wide-ranging interview, Kosins discusses the creative process behind the new disc as well as her influences and busy career as an in-demand vocalist. For more information you visit http://www.kathykosins.com/ Recording Engineer: Mike Hansen.

Baritone Saxophonist Frank Basile is on tour in the Midwest. Basile is a familiar musician to Omaha jazz fans, having spent time as a young musician in the area. Frank Basile will perform with a band he co-leads with saxophonist Rob Scheps. The saxophonists have sat next to each other in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, one of the greatest jazz big bands on earth, both in Taiwan and at New Yorks Village Vanguard. Upcoming performances include a performance at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa...

Hope and despair walk hand in hand with anyone who has experienced life on the front lines or who has had a family member away in combat. A new recording from Tyler Gilmores Ninth and Lincoln explores these themes for modern audiences in Static Line.

Featuring the often startling and explosive trumpet artistry of Cuong Vu, the new disc presents reworkings of Well Meet Again and Ill be Seeing You, songs that were huge hits during the World War II era. Their poignancy is further...

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Legendary drummer has been recording and performing since the 1940s By Chris Cooke http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-537740.mp3 Listen to the interview (14:13) Omaha, Nebraska At 87, Drummer Roy Haynes continues to thrive as one of the most remarkable drummers on the jazz scene. Since the 1940s, Haynes has made a personal stamp on untold numbers of recording sessions as a leader, sideman, and propulsive force. The personnel he has worked with are the...

Cuneiform Records has released another series of discs on the last several months that will almost certainly enchant Last Call listeners. Joel Harrison has released a new disc on the label with an impressive band including noted trumpeter and educator Cuong Vu. Holy Abyss does not disappoint. Fans of Return to Forever will delight in a new recording from Forgas Band Phenomena : Acte V . Led by Composer/Drummer Patrick Forgas this band captivates with jazz-rock mix. Also notable is a new...

Guitarist Patrick Butler and legendary keyboarist Ricky Williams reunite in the studio after 35 years on this solid jazz funk date. Solar Sailing has all of the ingredients you would want from a recording of its kind. Butler and Williams were much in demand players in New York in the 1970s, supplying live music to dancers in the New York Club scene until the wee hours. Now they have reunited to record a studio session which captures the excitement of this old school danceable funk. With...

Electric pianist Tom Wetmore makes his debut with an impressive electric jazz recording which does not disappoint. Wetmores energetic band includes the very talented Jaleel Shaw whose saxophone provides a stimulating conversational partner to Wetmores electric piano. An all-original program of nine numbers ensures a satisfying listen for the jazz enthusiast. Tom Wetmore is a pianist, composer, and bandleader working in the New York City area. Since 2005, Wetmore has lead a variety of jazz...

Sure to warm up even the coldest of winter nights, the latest disc by Frank Macchia is a pleasure. Swamp Thang presents a band of the same name lead by Grammy Nominated Compser Macchia. Wild groove music with crazy chromatic melodies come together with a dose of Cajun and a dash of humor. The Swamp Thang band, led by Frank Macchia on saxophone, features John Rosenberg on piano, organ and keyboards, Ken Rosser and Eric Jensen on electric guitars, Tom Lockett on electric bass and Frank Briggs...

Another one of those live recordings that lets you feel that you are there. Further Explorations is a 2 CD celebration of the music of Bill Evans with two of the former band mates of Evans on stage. Theres Eddie Gomez, the legendary bassist who was with the Bill Evans trio for eleven years, 1966-1977. Paul Motian is also on the stage, one of the most influential jazz drummers of the last 50 years who was with Evans from 1959 through 1964 . Chick Corea, one of the most dynamic and creative...

Artist / CD Title / Record Label
Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz

LAST CALL BEST OF 2011:

Jan 25, 2012

GRETCHEN PARLATO / THE LOST AND FOUND /OBLIQ SOUND

DWIGHT TRIBLE / COSMIC /KATALYST ENTERTAINMENT

BEN ALLISON / ACTION -REFRACTION /PALMETTO

Jazz vocalists tremendous artistry is demonstrated on Cosmic. By Chris Cooke http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-996884.mp3 Omaha, Nebraska Last Calls artist spotlight this month shines on Dwight Trible, whose latest recording, Cosmic, is one of the top recordings of 2011. Tribles latest disc is an experience of spiritual jazz and is a compelling introduction to this artist worthy of much wider recognition. Tribles work includes a stint with Pharaoh...

As one of the most significant jazz pianists of the history of the genre, Herbie Hancocks contributions to music over 50 plus years of activity as a musician are nothing less than remarkable. Born in 1940, Hancock made history as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet of the 1960s. Hancock was also one of the most in-demand pianists of the decade. Important contributions to the birth of jazz-rock in the In A Silent Way/Bitches Brew sessions followed. The 1970s saw Hancock leading an artistically...

Vocalist to perform Ella Fitzgerald tribute with Omaha Symphony this weekend. By Chris Cooke http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-957178.mp3 If you are only familiar with Patti Austins R & B credentials you may not believe she is performing a tribute to Jazz vocal icon Ella Fitzgerald.
But listening is believing.
This weekend Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Patti Austin presents a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with her jazz combo, and the...

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