Flautist Gerald Beckett has recorded another fine addition to his growing catalogue as a leader. His fifth release, The Messenger, on Summit Records, features his working quintet burning through hard bop pieces by Lee Morgan, "Aniticlimax", and Bud Powell's "Tempus Fugit". He leads the group on quieter works such as the Duke Pearson line" Idle Moments" and Beckett's own "Sunset Place", co-written with Eugene Pilner. There is also a nice Latin tune on the program titled "Lupe's Ride", written by Sharman Duran, the daughter of guitarist Eddie Duran.
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.
Horace Silver, pianist, bandleader and composer, passed away in June. He was 85.
The legendary hard bop pianist was one of the most significant artists on Blue Note records, creating some of the most widely enjoyed recordings on the label. Silver believed music could be a healing force. On a recorded library that spanned several decades the pianist certainly created music that was A Prescription For The Blues as his 1997 record was titled.
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – PHIL AND RUTH SOKOLOF LECTURE – Stuart Eizenstat, former Under Secretary of State, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, and United States Ambassador to the European Union in the Clinton Administration, and author of “Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II” “The Future of Jews: How Global Forces Are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States”
Last Call salutes Sun Ra and his musical legacy on this, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of his arrival on Earth. Mystical and otherworldly but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood detractors and an indifferent public for more than three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition, swinging on Earth and on Saturn, with a compositional ability"up there" with Ellington and Mingus.
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
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, and author of “The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government” “Income, Wealth and Inequality – Leveling Up or Leveling Down?”