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KIOS Jazz CD of the Month: René Marie/ Sound Of Red / Motema Music

René Marie,  a jazz vocalist with a truly original way of performing heart felt jazz music, has released Sound Of Red, an all-new recording of all original material that explores the joy of jazz and the depths of human emotion in an elegant, energetic, expressive performance. This is arguably her finest album to date.

Vocalist René Marie continues to cement her reputation as a singer and composer on this exciting new release. With "Joy of Jazz", "If You Were Mine", the title track and eight other selections, the vocalist tells a story with her deeply felt performance.  Her wise, provocative and daredevil style draws equally on jazz, folk, R&B and country to build statements of compelling jazz music.

René Marie started her career as a jazz vocalist at the age of 41. Her process of personal transformation followed. She left a job at a bank and a husband who was physically and verbally abusive to her. Forging ahead on her own, she financed her first recording and followed that up with several increasingly hypnotic albums.  Her fearlessness in telling the stories that need to be told--not just the standards, not just the love songs--is a remarkable thing.

Personnel: René Marie, vocals with bassist Elias Bailey,  drummer Quentin Baxter, pianist John Chin with special guests saxophonist Sherman Irby on “Sound of Red”, and a horn section on  “If You Were Mine,” and “Joy Of Jazz” under the arrangement of trumpeter Etienne Charles.

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Chris Cooke has been a voice on radio in Omaha since 1988. While at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he studied radio broadcasting, history and religion. Working at KVNO-FM, Cooke hosted a weekend adventuresome jazz show on the station in addition to duties as an on-air announcer on overnights, weekends and holidays. He also worked at KBLZ (the then student-run radio station) as well as KYNE-TV, and The Gateway as a reporter.
In November 1992, Cooke signed on at KIOS-FM and has been there ever since. He has hosted the Tuesday and Thursday editions of Jazz in the Afternoon since 1996 and has also hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music. He has interviewed Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, David Liebman, Airto Moreira, Jessica Williams and Karrin Allyson, to name a few. While not at the station Cooke maintains a web design consultancy business that has served a number of non-profit and music clients for over 20 years.
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