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An Interview With Curtis Stigers

Jazz in the Afternoon host Chris Cooke recently spoke with award-winning singer, songwriter and saxophonist, Curtis Stigers. In a wide ranging interview, the acclaimed vocalist discussed his mentors, Gene Harris and Mark Murphy, in addition to the music on his latest CD, Gentleman.  Stigers is widely known for co-writing and singing the theme song to the TV series Sons of Anarchy, in addition to a recording career of 28 years with millions of albums sold and a series of hit singles.

Curtis Stigers and his band performed at the final concert for the 2021 Jazz on the Green concert series in Omaha.  Click on the link for the interview.

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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