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Interviews with leading musicians on today's scene presented by Mike Jacobs and Chris Cooke.

An Interview with Wallace Roney


The news that trumpeter Wallace Roney had passed away in March, 2020 due to complications from Covid-19 left me with a deep sadness. Roney seemed to have many years of productive output ahead of him, he was a prolific recording and performance artist who had an open mind to moving jazz music ahead into the future. I had interviewed him twice and the second interview was arguably the finest of the conversations.

He was initially well known as the hand-picked protege of Miles Davis. Later he built upon that foundation with a series of stimulating, rich & bold recordings as a bandleader that did not disappoint.

From the archives, an interview that I did with Wallace Roney after the release of his recording No Room For Argument.  Interview engineer: Mike Hansen. During his long tenure at KIOS-FM Hansen engineered dozens of interviews I have conducted at the station.

Chris Cooke has been a voice on public radio in Omaha since 1989. Working at KVNO-FM during college, Cooke hosted a weekend progressive jazz show on the station in addition to working as an on-air announcer. 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 hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music and presenting those conversations with listeners. When not hosting or listening to jazz, on record or in person, Cooke maintains a busy schedule as a self-employed web design consultant.