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Five Questions with Justin Robinson

Justin Robinson

Alto saxophonist Justin Robinson was born August 14, 1968, in New York, NY. He first picked up a horn at the age of 13, and honed his sound while attending the High School of Music and Arts (LaGuardia High School) in New York. Robinson developed a passion for the alto sax and, from the influences of Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, crafted his own distinctive sound. Robinson has collaborated with eminent artists such as the Harper Brothers, Cecil Brooks III, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Ross, Little Jimmy Scott, and the Carnegie […]

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Five Questions with Seth “Serka” Warrick

Seth Warrick

Enso, a Progressive/Electro DJ duo from San Francisco, will release See Through EP January 26, on Lessthan3 Recordings. Half of that duo is Seth Warrick, who is also Head of Design at StyleSeat, an online booking source for beauty professionals. Warrick is that combination of artistic talent and logical thinking that keeps a creative person employed and very busy. Here’s a post from Warrick regarding Enso’s upcoming release: Derrick Dorion Calloway and I (Enso) have been working towards this release for quite awhile, as many of you probably know. This EP, and the one […]

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Five Questions with Susi Amendola

Susi Amendola

Susi Amendola is a powerful healing tool. Susi is National Director of Stress Management for the prestigious Dean Ornish Program for reversing heart disease. She teaches others to be  healing tools, and how to heal themselves. She teaches lifestyle as treatment of disease, not just prevention, within the Ornish program. Intensive Cardiac Rehab is now prescribed as an option for patients  who are experiencing heart disease. The program is modeled after Ashram living in many ways, and Susi has developed yoga-based Stress Management programs for schools, businesses, and hospitals throughout the country and has […]

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Five Questions with Nicholas Semrad

Nicholas Semrad

Watching the growth of young artists, the moves they make, and the success they experience, is gratifying when you’re pulling for them. Someone I’m pulling for is pianist Nicholas Semrad. Check him out on this little gospel tune: Recently married, and a recent maneuver to the NYC area, Semrad is def making moves in his life and career. From his FB – “Excited to head out in a few weeks on this tour as part of Cory Henry and his Funk Apostles. If you’re in any of these cities, come check it out! […]

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Five Questions with Geoffrey Keezer

Geoffrey Keezer

Time Magazine on pianist Geoffrey Keezer: Geoffrey possesses a refreshingly open-eared sensibility in the modern manner, and he has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole.” With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Whether recording with Diana Krall or Dianne Reeves, touring with trumpet king  Chris Botti, or collaborating with pop icon Sting, […]

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Five Questions with Neal C. Duffy

Neal Duffy

Neal C. Duffy was once kissed on the cheek by Erykah Badu, Ludacris requested his presence for a handshake and hug, and Jay-Z ran into him in New York and apologized. The cool, sweet, jet setting Neal Duffy is Front of House Sound Engineer with Neon Trees. He also works with Lisa Marie Presley & Tilly & The Wall. From what I gather as his FB friend, Neal has his pick of many other major artists to play with. He’s in hot demand. Neal C. Duffy, 33, was born and raised in Omaha, […]

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Five Questions with Kirstin Kluver

Kirsten Kluver

Are you a patron of Omaha’s stage/screen, feel a loss, but not sure why? Could it be “it girl” Kirstin Kluver is that missing element? The sparkling, blue eyed, ivory-skinned, leggy red-head left Omaha for Southern California last July. The move is  her return to Los Angeles from a recent stint of 7 years in in Omaha. After winning virtually all the local acting awards, Theatre Arts Guild Award, Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award, and Omaha Community Playhouse Award, Kluver says she wants to take her career to the next level. I became acquainted with […]

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Five Questions with John di Martino

John Di Martino

Pianist Benny Green says of GRAMMY® nominated pianist/arranger/producer, John di Martino: “John di Martino is one of my absolute personal favorite pianists of today. I consider him an unpretentious master with a golden heart. The range of human emotion he conveys is quite engaging to me. Blessed with a unique touch which reflects warmth, passion, humor, vulnerability, and adventurous, fearless exploration, his transitions flow in a most friendly, inviting manner which keep me fascinated and are clear voicings of a pure and peaceful soul. John Di Martino is a blessing in music today, respected deeply by his fellow musicians. […]

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Five Questions with Tom Becka

SpiderBecka

Longtime Omaha radio talk-show host Tom Becka is a man open to new possibilities. Becka was born in Cleveland, Ohio but has lived in Omaha, Nebraska for years. Most recently he was the host of the Tom Becka Show on 1290 KOIL. Best known for his gravelly voice, and libertarian political views, for a number of years he was heard on KFAB in Omaha, leaving there in 2011. Becka hosted shows on KMBZ in Kansas City, and spent a number of years on the road as a stand up comic, working with acts including Jerry Seinfeld, Sam […]

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Five Questions with Kathryn Aagesen

Lorne Michaels, if you’re listening, your new blood is right here. Kathryn Aagesen is an actress, comedian, and producer, known for Midnight Movie (2008), The Custom Mary (2011) and My Brother Called King (2009). Not just your typical manic pixie dream girl, Kathryn is a beautiful, lanky brunette, with good timing, a sweet, deadpan delivery, and a Drew Barrymore appeal, if DB was a supermodel. A hipper Cecily Strong type, her performances are lovable, sexy, edgy, and perfectly charming. When you see her stand-up, you feel that her audience seems reluctant to […]

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