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2010.06.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Jim Widner Big Band Jazz Workshop, Concerts

Omaha - The Omaha Jazz Workshop summer camp at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will feature the Jim Widner Big Band in a series of public concerts.  The weeklong camp will take place Sunday through Friday, June 20-25, and includes a variety of workshops designed for middle school, high school and college students.

Concerts are planned for June 20, 21, 22 and 24 at 8 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Tickets cost $10 and provide admittance to one or all of the concerts.

The Omaha Jazz Workshop is sponsored by the UNO Department of Music.  Peter Madsen, associate professor of trombone and director of jazz studies at UNO, founded the annual event with Darren Pettit, UNO saxophone and music theory instructor, to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students from the metropolitan area. Members of the Jim Widner Big Band will serve as faculty at the camp throughout the week.

Widner - an alumnus of the Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Glenn Miller Big Bands - is celebrating his 23rd year of hosting summer camps across the country.  He has performed with notable musicians like Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco and Louis Bellson, and appeared before former President Bill Clinton.

For more information, contact Madsen at (402) 554-2297 or petermadsen@unomaha.edu.  To view the Omaha Jazz Workshop summer camp brochure, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/music/pdfs/jazzworkshop2010.pdf. For additional details on Widner, visit http://www.jimwidnerbigband.com.

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