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Remembering Steve Raybine

Steve Raybine, an acclaimed vibraphonist, composer, and bandleader, passed away on December 3, 2021 after a year long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was 67. 

Raybine was a brilliant jazz vibraphonist, percussionist; composer/arranger; instructor and clinician.  He was the co-founder, co-musical director, and performer/composer of the critically-acclaimed progressive jazz ensemble AURACLE, in addition to leading his own groups of veteran and up and coming jazz artists.   
With a series of compelling recordings already to his credit, he released "The Best of Steve Raybine" shortly before his passing, showcasing the best of his recorded work.

Steve Raybine peformed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland; Frankfurt Jazz Festival in Frankfurt, Germany; and the Sopot Jazz Festival in Sopot, Poland. In addition he peformed many times in the Omaha area where he was based in, addition to well known prominent jazz venues including Dontes, the Baked Potato, the Lighthouse, the Other End, the Paradise, and the Roxy.   As a sideman he performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Rick Braun, Ndugu Chancler, Michael Feinstein, Karrin Allyson, Dave Brubeck, and many others.

As an educator he worked with countless students, both in private study and as an educator in a classroom setting. Raybine's relentless positivity and drive inspired not just his students, but his business associates and friends to reach for their full potential.

A celebration of Steve's life will be held February 19 at First Unitarian Church of Omaha and will be streamed online.
Later that evening, Chris Cooke will present a tribute to Steve Raybine on the Last Call, 9-11pm on KIOS-FM and streaming over this website.

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Listen to an interview with Steve Raybine

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.
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