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07.06.2011 / OMAHA PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS JAZZ ON THE GREEN AT MIDTOWN CROSSING

For the second year, Omaha Performing Arts presents the beloved free summer series Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing. This dynamic outdoor concert series will run the six consecutive Thursdays following the Fourth of July, from July 7 to August 11, 2011 and is located in Turner Park, conveniently situated in the heart of Midtown Crossing.

" This dynamic outdoor concert series will run the six consecutive Thursdays from July 7 to August 11, 2011."


Omaha’s own seventeen-piece ensemble Omaha Big Band will present their classic Big Band, toe-tapping swing on Thursday, July 21. The group performs a variety of Big Band styles, from classic Glenn Miller to contemporary Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and everything in between. Under the direction of trombonist Chris Acker, the group includes five saxophonists, four trombonists, four trumpeters and four members of the rhythm section. Omaha Big Band supports the Omaha Musicians Association by performing concerts as part of clinics and master classes for students of all ages.

The high-energy Sugar Thieves return to Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing this year, playing their sultry blues and danceable grooves Thursday, July 28. One of Phoenix Valley’s brightest up-and-coming bands, they won the Arizona Blues Competition two years in a row and were 2009 finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. The Sugar Thieves have a fresh, new style, high-energy showmanship and a song list that brings together music enthusiasts of all ages.

With a mix of smooth jazz and urban funk melodies, Omaha-based Steve Raybine will play at Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing on Thursday, August 4. Described as a virtuoso vibraphonist, percussionist and composer/arranger, Raybine performs contemporary jazz music, which incorporates urban funk, rhythm and blues, pop and Latin music elements. Raybine has taught Jazz Studies and Percussion at universities for over 10 years, with lectures and performances featured on Nebraska Public Radio and Nebraska Educational Television. Raybine has played local festivals and venues in Nebraska, including the West Omaha Jazz and Gospel Festival and the Omaha Riverfront Jazz and Blues Festival.

The Thursday, August 11 finale will feature the boogie woogie swing sounds of Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums featuring Carmen Getit. The San Francisco Bay Area-based group has been called "instant crowd favorites" by the San Francisco Blues Festival and "consummate musicians and entertainers" by New York City's Lincoln Center. The group shines before a live audience, bringing an intense energy and sheer personal magnetism to the stage. They've earned a reputation as captivating entertainers with "superior musicianship" (Downbeat), engaging audiences at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens, Greece, the San Francisco Blues Festival, as the house band at the Derby in Hollywood and hundreds of nightclubs, festivals and performing arts centers around the world.

Concerts for Omaha Performing Arts presents Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing are free to the public. No reservations or tickets are needed. The venue opens at 5:00 p.m. and performances start at 7:00 p.m.

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