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In The Gruv

November 17, 2014 in Ozone by Micaela

In The Gruv

Midwest Smooth Jazz is proud to present on Thursday, November 20th, at 6:30pm, In the Gruv at the Ozone, in Omaha, for another Smooth Jazz Thursday.

Churning out exciting and sassy Smooth Jazz, few bands do it better than In the Gruv. Their stylized versions of Maze, Stevie Wonder, Toni Braxton, and Lenny White tunes, as well as R&B and smooth jazz classics have been pleasing audiences for nearly three years.

In the Gruv is anchored by bass player Richard Payne. Richard grew up in a musical Omaha family and got involved early in the local music scene. After a 15-year absence from the Omaha area, Richard returned to get involved in several successful bands and recording projects. Now with his own band he is dedicated to bringing the music he loves to the local scene.

Linnetta Jones, the dynamic and sparkling lead vocalist for In the Gruv, has been with the band since its inception. Linnetta honed her vocal skills at Simpson College and has since lent her vocal talents to churches, local organizations, and special events. Always a joy to watch and to listen to, Linnetta loves to engage the crowd.

Keeping us “In the Gruv”, drummer and vocalist Robert Bennett has played professionally for 34 years. After moving to Denver, he attended the University of Colorado and studied for two years with Bill Roberts. In 1983 Robert moved to Las Vegas where he worked with top acts such as KC and the Sunshine Band, Cameo, The Coasters, The Imperials, and jazz great Jimmy Smith.

Multi-keyboardist Randy Long, our newest member, has been involved in music most of his life. A prolific composer, Randy has a degree in music composition and sound engineering and has been a long time contributor to the Omaha music scene. His other band project, Tossup, plays a mix of fusion jazz, has one CD to its credit and is working on a second.

Guitarist and vocalist Rod Griffith is a veteran of several local bands, including opening acts for national acts such as Marvin Gaye and Chicago. With Higher Pursuit, Rod was an early contributor to the Midwest Smooth Jazz Society and “Ozone Smooth Jazz Thursdays”. Always engaged with the music, Rod gives an entertaining and passionate performance every time.

That’s In the Gruv – a culmination of experienced and talented performers guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a healthy dose of groove in your day!

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4 the Occasion this week

November 11, 2014 in Ozone by Micaela


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Chad Stoner at the Ozone

October 28, 2014 in Ozone by Micaela

Midwest Smooth Jazz is proud to present on Thursday, October 30th at 6:30pm, Chad Stoner at the Ozone, in Omaha, for another Smooth Jazz Thursday.

vert promo whiteChad Stoner’s “vocal” and “inspirational” approach to the saxophone has been moving audiences for over 20 years. A veteran of local and regional club, concert and festival stages, Chad continues to be motivated by a vision of “grown and soulful” music that entertains while it generates inspiration and hope!
The newly revamped Chad Stoner Band is perfectly suited to the “R & Soul” sound and energy that has become its signature. The fresh addition of make-you-melt backing vocals put Chad’s saxophone “voice” in the ideal context for maximum love!
The Chad Stoner Band is: Matthew Amandus (keys), Clarence Nichols (guitar), Greg Bowie (bass), Duke Riggs (drums), Elaine Stoner (vocals), and Ase L’Bert (vocals).

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Ed Archibald

October 27, 2014 in Ozone by Micaela

Ed Archibald

Midwest Smooth Jazz is proud to present on Thursday, November 6th, at 6:30pm, Ed Achibald at the Ozone, in Omaha, for another Smooth Jazz Thursday.

Ed Archibald is a Jazz saxophonist with over 30 years of experience. His musical roots are a mixed bag of Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Country and Classical music, which gives his sound a truly unique flavor. Ed has had the privilege of playing alongside Chaka Khan and as the solo opening act for Kem in 2009.He has performed on the same stage as Marcus Johnson, Everett Harp, and Nelson Rangell and has also had the honor to be the opening act for the legendary Al Green. He has appeared on the local television talent show “Jazz One” and for the last several years he has played at the popular Omaha Riverfront Jazz & Blues Festival.

His 2006 critically acclaimed debut album entitled “Smoove Grooves” is available now on many Internet downloading sites such as iTunes, Soul101 and Rhapsody and can even be purchased on CD His sophomore project Love, Jazz & Soul, released in December 2008, is already receiving positive feedback.

If you enjoy the musical stylings of Grover Washington, Kirk Whalum, and Boney James, you will no doubt enjoy Ed sophisticated take on modern contemporary jazz.