Five Questions with Johnny Voruz

Geek: a slang term used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast, or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit. Although often considered as a pejorative, the term is also used self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride. Its meaning has evolved to connote “someone who […]

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Five Questions with Paul Haar

You’ve heard the saying “Those who can, do, those who can’t, teach”. That doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to saxophonist Paul Haar. He can, he does, and he teaches it. I was at a wedding at Joslyn a few years back, and there was a jazz quartet playing. I recognized players […]

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Five Questions with Mark Sullivan

During the late 80’s my husband and I were sitting-in at Kilgore’s most weeks, trying to learn how to play jazz. The legendary Omaha sandwich shop was owned by trumpeter/lawyer Chuck Kilgore. He hosted a jam session on Tuesday nights at the little storefront, located where the Shelterbelt Theater is today at 33rd & California. I met a […]

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Five Questions with Nicholas Payton

With Nicholas Payton, things are black and white. Read his blog. He is in your face, and, it seems, that’s right where he wants to be. The New Orleans born, GRAMMY® – winning trumpeter/composer/pianist/ loves to start, and end, a rukus. For instance, just play any of the videos on his site.  Just when he has a […]

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