Wed February 7, 2007
Joe Buda and Friends perform Sunday at Grand Olde Players Theatre
Guitarist a veteran of the pop, blues and jazz scene
By Chris Cooke
Omaha, Nebraska – The Jazz on Stage series at the Grand Olde Players Theatre continues Sunday evening with Joe Buda and Friends.
Joe Buda, a talented local guitarist, is a versatile player whose solos can evoke the sounds of George Benson as well as Jimi Hendrix--two of his early musical influences. A veteran player on the local music scene, Buda will be joined by Dave Nabity on drums along with Branson Samson on bass and Pete Hall on keyboards.
Throughout the 1980's, Joe Buda and his brother Jay, a keyboard player, were co-leaders of Allspice, a popular Omaha dance band. Buda was a featured guitarist with the Rumbles for several years and later played and recorded with Blue House, a local blues band. He has played with local jazz legends such as Joe Genovesi and Ron Cooley, and national vocalists Martha Reeves and Karrin Allyson, as well as with the Omaha Symphony. Most recently, Buda toured with Mulberry Lane during their Christmas concerts.
The concert with Joe Buda and Friends begins at 6pm Sunday at the Grand Olde Players Theatre, 2339 North 90th Street, one block north of 90th and Blondo. An open jam session takes place one hour before the main performance, allowing the students of music and the pros the opportunity to jam together and exchange musical ideas. Free admission to the jam session and the concert with Joe Buda and Friends.
Chris Cooke is the host of Jazz in the Afternoon and Last Call on KIOS-FM.