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?”
CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Joe Starita, Professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and author of “The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge – A Lakota Odyssey” “’I Am a Man’: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice”
Drummer Harvey Mason is back with a recording that celebrates some of the grooviest jazz-funk of the 1970s with some of today's top players. Mason's contributions to the vibrant jazz-funk of the 1970s are immediately recognizable for those familiar with Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters.
Legendary jazz drummer Louis Hayes and his band recorded a set of music last year at Smoke Jazz Club in New York City. The set draws the listener in with twelve numbers of sustained brilliance and is the "Return of the Jazz Communicators".
Louis Hayes knows a thing or two about swing. He co-founded the Jazz Communicators with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard in 1967, after offering to present a summer's worth of performances in a club in Manhattan with a band that had not actually been founded at the time of the offer!