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2011.02.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Set for Feb. 25-26

Omaha - Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest area will travel to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to participate in the 2011 UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival on Feb. 25 and 26.

The students who attend the festival will perform in order to be critiqued, participate in a clinic with anadjudicator, sit in on other bands’ performances and attend concerts from professional musicians. There will be two of these concerts to cap off each night of the festival.

Friday’s 8 p.m. concert will feature the UNO Jazz Ensemble and the University of Illinois Faculty Combo, featuring Joel Spencer, a professional drummer who has worked with artists such as Chet Baker and Wynton Marsalis. The concert will take place in the Strauss Recital Hall on the UNO campus and will be open to the public for a cost of $5 for students (with ID) and $10 for the general public. UNO students can get in to the concert for free with their MavCard.

Saturday’s concert, also at 8 p.m., but performed at the Holland Center, will feature Karrin Allyson performing with the UNO Jazz Ensemble. Allyson is a three-time Grammy Award-nominated artist and has released 11 albums since 1992. Tickets for this show are not guaranteed due to availability.

The Great Plains Jazz Festival has been an annual event for the UNO Department of Music for over 35 years and provides opportunities for musical students of all ages and talents to learn from their peers.

Some of the participants in this year’s festival include Tito Carrillo, a new faculty member to the University of Illinois who as performed with Tito Puente and Qunicy Jones; Chip McNeill, the chair of the jazz division at the University of Illinois, who has performed with Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Sammy Davis Jr.; and Glenn Wilson, a professional jazz saxophonist for over 30 years, who has been featured on “VH1 Center Stage” and “Arsenio Hall” in addition to being the recipient of a gold record by the RIAA for his album with Bruce Hornsby, “Harbor Lights.”

For more information on the festival, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/music/specialevents/jazzfest.php contact Dr. Pete Madsen at petermadsen@unomaha.edu or by calling (402) 554.2297.

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