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Sun July 27, 2014

Jazz Calendar (Updated 7 / 27 / 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.

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/

The Brownville Concert Series presents the best of Kansas City Jazz, Book of Gaia. They will perform in cabaret Friday and Saturday, August 1st & 2nd at 7:30 and in concert on Sunday, August 3rd at 2 p.m. Book of Gaia is a female vocal ensemble featuring Angela Hagenbach, Nedra Dixon, and Pamela Baskin-Watson. They dynamically weave together eclectic musical genres from the classical to the contemporary with an added touch of spoken word, all infused with a jazz sensibility. Their sophisticated arrangements, original compositions and intricate harmonies engage the ear, elevate the mind and stir the soul. Mixing masterful musicianship with the sheer joy of performing, they magically turn an ordinary evening into a captivating and powerful musical experience. We give special thanks to Annie Thomas, Dr. Charles & Carole James, and Jan Chism Wright in Honor of David Wright for helping to sponsor these concerts. 

Angela Hagenbach is one of those rare jazz vocalists who finds more in a song than the composer penned. She’s owner of AH Entertainment, Inc. and Eden’s Gate’s Music. She has produced and released multiple recordings earning critical praise. Angela’s sultry contralto voice moves easily between musical genres and excels in her interpretations of Jazz Standards and Latin Jazz. Widely known as a masterful interpreter of songs written by others, Hagenbach is an accomplished songwriter in her own right.

Pamela Baskin-Watson is a multi-faceted pianist, vocalist, published composer-arranger and educator. She honed her skills in New York City as a freelance accompanist. As an educator, she taught at the notable Harlem School of the Arts where she founded and directed the Vocal Jazz program. As a composer/arranger, she has works recorded by notable jazz musicians and has also written musical theater. Since moving back to the Midwest, Ms.
Watson continues her work as accompanist/vocalist/educator. 

 Nedra Dixon, classically trained lyric soprano and currently, “Featured Vocalist” on 12th STREET JUMP, Kansas City, MO’s NPR affiliated weekly broadcast jazz radio show, is known as a “triple threat” performer (actor/singer/dancer) and she is a director/choreographer. She has received critical acclaim in venues from Broadway and Off-Broadway, to the concert stage, and in NY, D.C. and LA cabaret hotspots.

Cabaret tickets are $25, concert tickets are $19 ($15 for students).  To purchase tickets online go to www.brownvilleconcertseries.com or call 402-825-3331.  Stay overnight at the River Inn Resort and get a 10% discount on tickets. Eat dinner at the Lyceum before the show and get a free dessert with your ticket.  This Series is a program of the Brownville Fine Arts Association. The Nebraska Arts Council www.nebraskaartscouncil.org, a state agency, supports this program through a matching grant funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowmen