The group Omaha Diner is made up of four of the most gifted and adventurous musicians in jazz: drummer Bobby Previte, trumpeter Steven Bernstein, guitarist Charlie Hunter and saxophonist, Skerik.
Along with the almost scary level of talent, the other thing that makes Omaha Diner unique is their musical repertoire. They won’t even think about playing a song unless it has reached #1 on the Billboard Pop Music chart.
That’s right, Omaha Diner is a jazz band that plays only pop music. But boy, do they turn that pop music inside out.
In this KPLU Studio Session hosted by Abe Beeson, they gave us versions of songs by Macklemore, Guns N’ Roses and Beyonce. You will be amazed — and amused — by what they’ve done to them. It’s an incredible performance.
- Thrift Shop (Macklemore)
- Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses)
- Single Ladies (Beyoncé)
You can also find our Studio Sessions available as a video podcast in iTunes.