Jazz musician Laco Deczi will perform with his band Celula New York from 7 to 9 p.m. April 10 in the Great Plains Room of the Nebraska East Union, 1705 Arbor Drive, to celebrate 110 years of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Czech program.
The trumpet player, composer and band leader has performed with such artists as Elvin Jones, Bill Watrous, Junior Cook, Dave Weckl and Sonny Costanzo. In 1963, he was named best trumpet player by Jazz Bulletin magazine. His band performs regularly in New York and Connecticut.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Deczi moved to the United States in 1986. He also will speak about the University Libraries’ Charter 77 exhibition, the Czech dissident movement and his own immigrant experience at 1 p.m. April 11 near the exhibition in the lower level of Love Library South, 1248 R St.
The events are supported by the Czech Komensky Club, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences and the Czech Language Foundation.