One of the most influential and popular of jazz artists, Horace Silver, passed away on June 18 at the age of 85. Born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silver in Norwalk, CT in 1928, his father was an immigrant from the Cape Verde Islands. The creole rhythms from these islands were to have profound impact upon Silver's music and his successful career.
Playing With Fire, Omaha’s sizzling, free summer concert tradition, will take place this year at an expansive, new venue: seven-acre Turner Park with its iconic Pavilion and permanent stage. A free concert experience, open to the public, Playing with Fire’s 2014 schedule will play out over the course of two Thursday nights: June 26 and July 3, starting at 5:30 p.m.
June 26: Opening act: Hector Anchondo Supporting act: Ben Poole Headliner: Jonas & the Massive Attraction
Roy Orbison cared about two things in life more than anything else-music and family. Often, those two combined, but Roy's sons never got the chance to share the stage with their dad. They did find a tape of a song that Roy never finished, and as a family Roy's boys completed it as his backup band.
Legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter will visit Omaha in April. He will perform at 7:30pm on April 2 at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
The celebrated saxophonist, composer, bandleader and sideman in the Miles Davis 1960s quintet will bring his own quartet of pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade to Omaha.
MARCH 6th: WOMEN IN JAZZ FOR WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH We celebrate Women's History Month with an hour of music from some of the top women in jazz today. Cheryl Bentyne, Rene Marie and Gretchen Parlato are a few of the great artists on tonight's program.
MARCH 20th: ALTO SAXOPHONISTS Charlie Parker, Jackie McLean and Cannonball Adderley will be featured in this hour of music from some of the great alto saxophonists from yesteryear and some of the fine players on today's scene such as Gilad Edelman and Kenny Garrett.
When The Beatles arrived in the United States in February 1964, no one could have anticipated the tremendous impact the band would have on the development of American popular music and pop culture. The Beatles in America - 1964 takes listeners back to when The Beatles and America first got to know one another. This lively two-hour documentary features rarely heard archival audio, concert recordings, and new interviews with fans and reporters who were swept into The Beatles frenzy.
An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since 1979, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz you can party to, all night from coast to coast,with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast. Toast of the Nation is co-produced by WBGO FM in Newark, New Jersey and NPR Music.
KIOS will present "Jazz Piano Christmas" on Monday, December 23rd at 8:00pm.
This program, produced by NPR Music, brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Artists Andy Bey,Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, Michelle Rosewoman and others will perform their favorite holiday songs.
Last Call remembers legendary avant-garde drummer and composer Ronald Shannon Jackson. He died in October at the age of 73.
One of the finest drummers to emerge in the last 50 years, Jackson was a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Jackson played drums in his high school marching band and sang a soloist in the school choir. While at Lincoln University, Jackson gained invaluable experience working with Lester Bowie, Oliver Nelson and John Hicks.