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2009.02.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Set for Feb. 20-21

Omaha - Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest area will travel to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to participate in 37th annual Great Plains Jazz Festival on Feb. 20 and 21. Two keynote events for the festival feature public concerts by trumpeter Marvin Stamm and the Blue Note 7, an all-star band that honors the Blue Note Records label.

On Friday, Feb. 20, all jazz festival activities take place in the Strauss Performing Arts Center and the Milo Bail Student Center on the UNO campus. Stamm’s concert (in Strauss) will start at 8 p.m. and will also feature UNO’s Jazz I and the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO). Tickets are $5 students and $10 for the general public. Reservations can be made by calling (402) 554-3427.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, all festival events happen at the Holland Performing Arts Center-13th and Douglas, with the Blue Note 7 concert set for 8 p.m. Members of the group include Bill Charlap, Peter Bernstein, Ravi Coltrane, Lewis Nash, Nicholas Payton, Peter Washington and Steve Wilson. Tickets for the public range from $25 to $45. Students involved with the festival can receive a ticket for $8. Rush tickets will also likely be available to other students for $8. Rush tickets are available at the Holland an hour prior to the performance. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (402) 661-8521.

Participating jazz festival students will have the opportunity to work with experienced groups of clinicians, adjudicators and musicians. Students will also be eligible to receive one of the UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Scholarships. Renewable scholarship awards of up to $1000 will be presented to up to three students who plan to attend UNO. High school students from areas in Iowa and Missouri are traveling to attend this event.

“This is the signature event for the jazz program here at the university,” said Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO. “Bringing together high school student with our students and faculty creates a great learning environment. There’s a lot of talent in our region.”

Another group performing will be the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, THE NOTEABLES. The group will perform on Friday Feb. 20 at 12:30 p.m., free to the students and public. THE NOTEABLES have appeared in concert and on national television with Bob Hope, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, composer/arranger Frank Mantooth, former Tonight Show band-leader, Doc Severinsen, and pop singer Lee Greenwood.

Complete schedule and other information on the festival is available at http://www.unomaha.edu/music/specialevents/jazzfest.php.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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