Nebraska students will swing into Omaha for first Omaha Performing Arts Jazz Summit

Nov 17, 2016, 10:22 AM by Kelly Bartnick


Omaha, Neb., (November, 17, 2016) – Nineteen area middle, high school and collegiate jazz groups and their instructors will hone their chops with some of the world’s best jazz musicians during the inaugural Jazz Summit Friday, December 2, 2016 at Holland Performing Arts Center. The afternoon event presented by Omaha Performing Arts will bring nearly 250 Nebraska students and staff from communities from the Omaha metro to Lincoln. 

About the Summit

The summit features separate sessions for students and educators. Teachers will learn special instruction techniques, while students will gain valuable critiques from members of the Jazz and Lincoln Center Orchestra. Both groups will listen to some of the best jazz musicians in the country during a special warm-up performance question and answer session with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra musicians. They also receive discount ticket offers to an evening performance of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Catherine Russell at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

“Some of the best acts in the world take our stages,” said Omaha Performing Arts Community Engagement Manager J. Dominic Green, “The Jazz Summit is a way for Omaha Performing Arts to extend its education and community engagement mission. Allowing young musicians opportunities to learn and engage with these talented artists builds a foundation of music and arts appreciation that will go far beyond the students’ school years.”


Members of The Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra, Westside High School Jazz Band, and Lincoln Southeast High School Jazz Band will perform during the workshops. Other schools and groups participating include:

  • Bellevue West High School
  • Bellevue West High School
  • Beveridge Magnet Middle School
  • Brownell-Talbot School
  • Columbus High School
  • Concordia Junior/Senior High School
  • Elkhorn Middle School
  • Elkhorn South High School
  • Fremont Senior High School
  • Irving Middle School
  • Lewis and Clark Middle School
  • Lincoln East High School
  • Lincoln Southeast High School
  • Lincoln Southwest High School
  • Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO)
  • Omaha Central High School• Omaha North High School
  • Union College
  • V.J. & Angela Skutt Catholic High School
  • Westside High School

Evening Performance 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Catherine Russell’s Big Band Holidays is presented December 2, 2016 at the Holland Performing Arts Center as part of Omaha Performing Arts’ First National Bank Jazz Series and sponsored by Valmont industries. Hotel Deco is a hospitality sponsor. Tickets for the 8:00 PM performance start at $30. They are available at the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street, online at*, or by calling (402) 345-0606. 

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center's programming, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe; in concert halls; dance venues; jazz clubs; public parks; and with symphony orchestras; ballet troupes; local students; and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists. Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others.