Swoon to Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon, rock out to Herby Hancock’s Watermelon Man or get down with the funk of Cold Duck Time, tango to Petite LeFleur or salsa to the Girl from Ipanema and the Wave. These are the jazz sounds of Living Easy entertaining people of all ages around the Omaha area since 2012. Meet the members, then come out to listen, dance and relax to a variety of jazz standards.
Bonnie Gill – keyboards ran the “Jazz on Stage” series for a decade at the Grande Olde Players, a theatre she and her husband Mark Manhart founded in the 1980s. She has played with the Cathedral Arts Project, Jazz Explosion, Komar’s Quartet, Birks and Bentley’s Jazz Explosion and at local clubs such as Jazz Louisiana Kitchen and Jambo Cat. She formed Livin Easy in 2012. When not behind the keys, you will find her either working with theatre projects, or traveling.
Marc May – saxophone and flute is a regular member of Honey Creek Quintet, the Jazz Circus and Livin Easy. He also plays guitar for his church. An Omaha native and retired Omaha Public School’s photographer, May now has more time to devote to his music. He has excellent reading skills and is a walking text book on jazz history and discography. When not playing, May does freelance photography jobs, cycles and walks his dog.
Tym Livers – bass played in rock bands as a teen and young adult. He discovered jazz later in life through local jam sessions and other musicians. Livers is a regular member of Honey Creek Quintet, Jazz Circus and Livin Easy. Retired from First Data Resources as a programmer, Livers handles all things technical. Besides his love for music, Livers is also a respected thespian dating back to his days at the Omaha Community Playhouse as a child actor.
Brad Yearwood – percussion discovered he could play drums while stationed overseas with the military, playing at chapel services and other base functions. He later became house drummer at an acoustic blues open mic night in the Seattle area. Moving to Omaha in 2008, Yearwood now plays for several blues bands, and with Livin Easy. He and his wife Elizabeth are also known to rescue animals.
Donald-Brian Johnson – vocals began his singing career as a soprano Santa Claus. Since then, he’s performed in numerous musicals, and sung with groups including Omaha’s River City Mixed Chorus. Previously a theatre director, and a radio/TV entertainment reporter, in 1995 he embarked on a writing career. Don’s authored a dozen books on antiques and collectibles, and his columns appear monthly in antiques publications nationwide. First and foremost, though, DBJ loves to sing!