Five Questions with 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 […]

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Five Questions with 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 […]

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Five Questions with Neal C. 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 […]

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Five Questions with 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, […]

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Five Questions with Tom Becka

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 […]

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Five Questions with Kevin Pike

Composer/saxophonist Kevin Pike is known for his eclectic musical output.  He has released over 15 albums, performs in a free jazz duo and other groups in Omaha.  He publishes the DIY recording podcast “Look What I Made“. Kevin has a Jazz Studies degree from DePaul University where he also studied composition with George Flynn, Jeff Kowalkowski […]

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Five Questions with Ron E. Beck

Songwriter, singer, world-renowned drummer and former member of Tower of Power, Ron E. Beck has performed and recorded with the likes of Herbie Hancock, The Temptations, Bobby Womack, Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Etta James, Rick James, Sista Monica, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker, Clifford Coulter and Carlos Santana. Beck has been […]

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Five Questions with Randy Brecker

GRAMMY® Award winning Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and […]

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