Tue July 15, 2014
Jazz Calendar (Updated 7 / 15 / 2014)
Jazz on the Green returns to Midtown Crossing this summer. The free outdoor concert series will run six consecutive Thursdays, from July 10 to August 14, 2014, and is located in the idyllic Turner Park in the heart of Midtown Crossing. Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the permanent stage of The Pavilion at Turner Park. The lawn is open beginning at 5 p.m. every Thursday, except for July 17 when it opens after the United States Navy Parachute Team lands at Turner Park between 5:50 and 6:00pm
A new addition to Jazz on the Green will be free dance lessons before two of the performances. Omaha Ballroom, under the direction of Elizabeth Edwards, will offer free dance lessons prior to the performances on July 24 (salsa dancing) and August 7 (swing dance). Lessons will begin at 6:45 p.m. and will last 30 minutes.
The Navy Blue Jackets band will perform a mix of blues, jazz and funk on July 17. The lawn opens late for this performance, allowing for the United States Navy Parachute Team, commonly known as the Leap Frogs, to make a special appearance – arriving by air into Turner Park between 5:50 and 6:00pm. The lawn will open after the Leap Frogs’ arrival. The band performs at 7:30 p.m., with fireworks, provided by Midtown Crossing, following the concert at approximately 9:15pm.
Cuban Big Band Conjunto Chappottin Y Sus Estrellas will bring festive Latin jazz to the series on July 24. Founded in the 1940s, the band is considered one of the most renowned “Son” bands in Cuba today, according to Latin Pulse Music. Free salsa dance lessons will begin at 6:45 p.m.
Fans of New Orleans-style jazz will want to come out for Big Sam’s Funky Nation concert on July 31. Big Sam Williams leads the band, playing a blend of funk, rock, hip-hop, jazz and R&B punctuated by brass harmonies of the trombone and trumpet. Big Sam got his start playing with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, before becoming a band leader.
Bringing traditional and contemporary sounds of Big Bands will be Sing, Sing, Swing Orchestra on August 7. Led by pianist Robert Glaser, the local ensemble features 12 members, including two vocalists, who perform the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Pancho Sanchez and more. Free swing dance lessons will begin at 6:45 p.m.
The legendary New Orleans band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, will perform the final show of the season on August 14. Since 1977, the six-man group has sought to reinvigorate New Orleans brass standards through their style of “musical gumbo” as band members like to describe their style.
All Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing concerts are free to the public, with no reservations or tickets needed. Turner Park opens at 5:00 p.m. (except for July 17) and performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Sponsors for Omaha Performing Arts presents Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing are Mutual of Omaha, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Omaha Steaks, C&A Industries, Inc., and Fran and Rich Juro. Media sponsors for this year’s series are Omaha World-Herald, KETV and KIOS. This year’s in-kind sponsors are Crystal Clear Water and Curzon Promotional Graphics. For more information about the series and the artists, you may visit JazzOnTheGreenOmaha.com.
The Music in the Parks series returns this year for its 45th season. This annual outdoor concert series presents the best jazz artists in the local area, including Steve Raybine, Susie Thorne, Robert Glaser, and other fine artists performing for your listening pleasure at various venues. For more details on upcoming performances, taking place all summer long, you may visit http://www.omahamusic.com/
Norris Middle School invites interested music students to attend the Norris Middle School Summer Music Jazz Clinic. The summer jazz clinic will focus on improvisation and will be taught by master musicians, Cyrus Chestnut (piano) and Luke Polipnick (guitar). Admission is free. The clinic runs from Monday, July 21 to Thursday July 24, 8:30am to 3:30pm each day. To register, contact Brian Walker (402) 557-4825 or email Brian.Walker@ops.org. Instruments, lunch,equipment & great experience will be provided.
The Master Singers will present an All That Jazz Summer Concert July 29th, 6:00PM-7:30PM at First Central Congregational Church, at 421 South 36th Street in Omaha. The Master Singers dedicate themselves to the art of jazz and pop ensemble singing. The program features songs from jazz greats including Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, and Ella Fitzgerald. Admission is $15.00 for adults; $12.00 for seniors/students; Children 12 yrs. and younger are free. For more information you may visit http://www.mastersingersomaha.com/