Jazz month draws local, traveling talent
April 19th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Jazz Appreciation Month continues around the metro with performances by local musicians and traveling talent.
Trombonist Tony Garcia will coach and perform with UNOâ€™s Vocal Jazz Ensemble and other UNO jazz combos at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Thursday, April 21st, from 4 to 10 pm. Garcia is a Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. But before he became an educator, Garcia toured the country and Europe, playing with The Phil Collins Big Band at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Garcia has also performed with legendary jazz musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck and Gladys Knight. He is also a pianist and vocalist. (Click on the audio link above to hear Garcia perform)
Local jazz musician and internationally known transplant from the east coast, George Walker will perform next Wednesday night, April 27th, at the Omaha Public Library â€“ Millard Branch at 6:30. Now a regular at McFosterâ€™s Natural Kind CafÃ© in midtown, Walker has played and recorded with Lou Rawls, Barry White, Paul Humphrey and Bill Cosby. Today, Walker teaches at Metropolitan Community College. (Click on the audio link above to hear Walker perform)
Jazz Appreciation Month is also being celebrated at the Durham Western Heritage Museum, with a jazz history tour through the city, and performances with local artists throughout the month.
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