The Omaha Community Playhouse will produce Ella, Feb. 28-March 30, 2014. Ella is the powerhouse story and musical revue of iconic Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. As this legend prepares for her most challenging performance, she recalls her life’s tribulations and how she found solace in music. Ella’s renowned voice transports audiences to another time with classics such as “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “You Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” This moving and dazzling revue will astound and delight audiences.
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.
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.
Shelly Yoellin's Jazz Workshop Septet / Secret Steps / Blujazz Pablo Masis / Intrinsic / Self Release Minho Hazama / Journey To Journey / Sunnyside Giacomo Gates / Miles Tones / Savant Eliane Elias / I Thought About You / Concord Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece / Top Shelf / Posi Tone Etienne Charles / Creole Soul / Culture Shock Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express / Expectativas / Mavo Janis Siegal / Nightsongs / Palmetto Diego Rivera / The Contender / D Clef