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An interview with Dr. Pete Madsen and Andy Cassano

Chris Cooke/KIOS
Dr. Pete Madsen and Andy Cassano

Dr. Pete Madsen, Professor of Music/Coordinator of Jazz Studies/Trombone Teacher at University of Nebraska at Omaha and Andy Cassano, Omaha Performing Arts Vice President for Programming and Education, joined Jazz in the Afternoon host Chris Cooke for a live on-air interview on February 15th. The subject was the upcoming University of Nebraska at Omaha Jazz Festival on February 23rd and 24th.

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(Recording engineer: Chris Cooke/KIOS.)

On February 23rd, the following Jazz festival performances will take place on the UNO Campus (Admission is free and open to the public):

10:00am UNO Faculty Jazz Combo in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom

12:00pm UNO Jazz I with Jose Valentino in Strauss Concert Hall

1:30pm Big Bad Bones featuring Andre Hayward in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom

2:30pm Rhythm Section Masterclass presented by Dana Murray and North Omaha Music and Arts in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom

3:30pm UNO Jazz Combo I

For more information about the festival you may visit

<b>Chris Cooke </b>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. <br/>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.