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Jazz Calendar (Updated 4 / 09 /2018)

Apr 9, 2018

Featured Performance:

The SFJAZZ Collective will pay tribute to trumpeter Miles Davis in a performance at the Holland Performing Arts Center in April.  This all-star ensemble of today’s finest performers and composers is one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene. In Omaha in April, they will pay tribute to trumpeter, composer and innovator Miles Davis. More than any other figure, Davis changed the sound of jazz – not once, but consistently over his career – from the birth of bebop in the 1940s to the fusion movement in the 1970s. The collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each collective member. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring music’s greatest figures while championing jazz’s up-to-the-minute directions, the SFJAZZ Collective embodies their commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form. Over their 10-year existence, the collective has honored the music of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson and Michael Jackson. The SF Jazz Collective will perform at 7:30pm April 26th at the Holland Performing Arts Center. 

Also this month, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will perform at the 1200 Club at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Raised by their jazz legend father Phil Cohran, the brothers of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble mix brass band tradition with generous doses of hip-hop, soul and funk. Together they have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed at Coachella, WOMAD AU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. The documentary “Brothers Hypnotic” explores their music, work ethic and experience of being raised by their famous father. After screening in major cities and festivals, it aired on PBS. Their song “War” was featured in the blockbuster hit movie, “The Hunger Games.” The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performs April 19th at 7:30pm at the 1200 Club.

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For upcoming performances in our area:

Please support these local non-profits who support KIOS and are dedicated to the presentation and preservation of jazz and blues in our communities:

Omaha Performing Arts Society
1200 Douglas Street, Omaha

Love's Jazz & Arts Center
2510 North 24th Street, Omaha

Blues Society of Omaha

Arts Incorporated
315 South 9th Street, Suite 110
Lincoln, NE 68508-2283

Lied Center for Performing Arts
12th and R Streets
P.O. Box 880151
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0151