KIOS kicks off Jazz Appreciation Month in April with highlights of the 2014 UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival with performances from area high school jazz ensembles. This special program airs Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00pm. The festival took place on February 21st at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Ron Hansen, Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, and author of “Desperadoes”, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”, and “Mariette in Ecstasy”
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Elizabeth Larus, Professor of Political Science at the University of Mary Washington and author of “Politics and Society in Contemporary China” and “Economic Reform in China – 1979 – 2003” “Social and Economic Problems Facing China’s Fifth Generation of Leaders”
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.
Every now and then you slip a disc into the CD player and immediately become engaged in a thrilling experience. Such is the case with alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo's new album “Threshold”. Firmly ensconced in the post-bop idiom, this smoking quintet session is full of captivating delights for the listener.
DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Mark Scherer, Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha “The American Civil War: A Look Back 150 Years Ago” Part 3 – “Lincoln at Gettysburg: Finding Meaning in an Ongoing Tragedy: November – December, 1863”
Legendary Chicago Drummer & Bandleader Kahil El'Zabar continues to add fine recordings to an already impressive discography of discs firmly in the jazz avant-garde but rooted in straight-ahead jazz. Zabar's latest effort with his longstanding Ritual Trio band, Follow The Sun, continues in that direction.
DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Danielle Battisti, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha “The American Civil War: A Look Back 150 Years Ago” Part 2 – “The New York City Draft Riots and the Boundaries of Anti-Slavery Sentiment in the North: August – October, 1863”