7:15am lobby& can’t sleep…sigh!
We made it to BRNO Brno International Jazz Festival
and are now sound checking! They have a really nice Petrof Piano…quite heavy action! I could get crushed!
A new friend Pavel took us to
A thai restaraunt!!
setting up the stage in BRNO
the crew is very friendly! Thanks to Wilhem for bringing us!
Omar setting up a beautful red Pearl kit
Z did’nt really like the new rhodes so tonight just piano will do…
Brno is an international town full of colleges! It is an honor to be invited to perform at this wonderful festival!
there will be a video of tonght posted on the Brno Jazz Festival site!
the brno staff photographer Lukas was real cool!
Luques is doing so great on bass! He also plays with Eddie Pamieri
And The Curtis Brothers…
Thanks to everyone at the Wilson Center! We had a great concert which was very special because we narrowly escaped the NYC blizzard on Friday !
Thanks to Johnathan Winkle,Amy Milec,Lynn Lucius, and their sweet families! Here are a few photos from the show:-)
Trio of Oz at Wilson Center for the Arts
It has nothing to do with a land over a rainbow, but The Trio of Oz finds something exotic and magical in the music of your life. This stellar jazz trio (members have played with everyone from Miles Davis to David Bowie) only occasionally dabbles in standards of the distant past – a Gershwin ballad or an old blues shuffle. Instead, you’re more likely to find pianist Rachel Z building a solo on the chorus of The Smiths’ “There Is a Light” or drummer Omar Hakim chattering behind the melody of “Angry Chair” by Alice in Chains. They’re not the only jazz group tackling contemporary rock and pop, but they do it with a clean elegance and a devilish sense of fun.
➞ The Trio of Oz (Feb. 9). Wilson Center for the Arts. Harris Theater. 19805 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, 262-781-9520, wilson-center.com.
Thanks to Michael Bloom Music PR
Our dear Omar was supposed to hop on a flight to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet for the premiere of Dave Grohl’s Sound City…but he didn’t. Why didn’t he, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you why but it’s a little involved, we’ll see if I can break it down. So Nile Rodgers of Chic has a charity called the We Are Family Foundation. This year, they put on Celebration Gala where Adam Lambert was presented with a Unity Award and performed on-stage with the Chic band. A. Lamb (that’s what I call him) was also celebrating a birthday and had donated his big day to this year’s festivities by way of inviting his fans to give funds toward the progress of global cultural diversity.
Meanwhile, 20 years ago Nile Rodgers and Our Omar Hakim started playing together and have had a long friendship ever since. Turns out the current drummer for Chic couldn’t make it to the We Are Family Foundation Celebration Gala SOOOO Omar cancelled on his trip to the red carpet to rub elbows with Dave Grohl and sat in on this show to play for A. Lamb and Chic and rock out and be typical Omar adorable.
I think I hit all my marks on that one except I have yet to mention HOW TOTALLY AWESOME IT IS THAT ALL THESE FOLKS WERE ON STAGE TOGETHER. But you’ll see that when you watch the video. I’m sitting with Rachel Z. and she’s telling me all of what I just told you, red carpets and the Chic band, omg A. Lamb and I’m just going nuts, I love Adam Lambert and I made her listen to me sing along to all my favorite songs and I told her that the next time I see Omar I’m gonna touch him ’cause I know he’s got some of A. Lamb’s magical sparkle on him still.
So, without further adieu, here’s the video Rachel Z. made of the show. Check out Nile Rodger’s charity, make a donation and listen to some good music while you’re doing it. Best to you and big love from TTOZ Family! -jessicabunny