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 "Faith".
A 50 year reunion concert is scheduled for Saturday evening at South High School. The Ambassadors Show Choir began in 1962 as the Choralaires. Among the 100 participants in this weekend’s reunion show are members of that choir.
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.
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
Experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani performs at the Bemis Center Saturday, April 7th.
Joel Damon, Underground Curator, says Nakatani plays a traditional gong with a bow. He says it creates an atmospheric sound that can be felt and experienced on multiple levels.
Damon says Nakatani also plays singing bowls, and uses cymbals in new ways. He says the Bemis is always interested in performers and artists who may not fit comfortably within traditional concert venues.
Once again this year KIOS will air highlights from the UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival. The one-hour 2012 edition will air Thursday March 29 at 8:00PM. The festival took place on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and featured a wide array of high school jazz bands ranging from small combos to big bands. On this years' broadcast you'll hear performances by Omaha Central, Omaha Burke, Westside, Papillion-LaVista, Millard North,Thomas Jefferson, Kearney, Lewis Central and Bloomington North High School, all the way from Bloomington, Indiana.
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding; and trombonist Steve Turre's new release “Woody's Delight” is a rich and highly palatable blend of straight ahead, relaxed and Latin sounds enhanced by an array of talented musicians augmenting the leader's consistently engaging compositional skills and playing. It's a marvelously diverse session and our CD of the month.
The Liverpool Legends will perform at Morton Magnet Middle School tonight at 7:00.
The group is comprised of musicians specially picked by Beatle George Harrison’s sister, Louise.
Dan Mattran, Instrumental Music Director at Morton Magnet, says the concert will offer a complete Beatles experience with music that spans the Fab Four’s entire career. He says the performance will feature Morton’s chorus and band on selected songs.
Ornette Coleman's emergence in 1958 on Contemporary Records album Something Else!!! was the dawn of a career which would present a revolutionary new approach to playing jazz music and influence countless forward- looking jazz artists. Recorded February 10, 22 and March 24, 1958, in Los Angeles, this recording was the first of two albums made for Les Koenig's influential West Coast label. It is without doubt an essential recording to have in a jazz library. Last Call will feature music from this recording this month.
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 on drums and percussion.