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2011.02.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Hosts Great Plains Jazz Festival Feb. 24 - 25

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) annual Great Plains Jazz Festival returns on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 with a pair of special concerts, on campus and off.

On Feb. 24, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, on the UNO campus, two visiting musicians, John Harner and Dave Pietro, will perform their show “Jazz I and Jazz Too.”

Harner is a recently retired middle school band director from Ohio and former lead trumpeter of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He also played many hotels in Las Vegas from 1977 to 1984, performing for entertainers that include Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, Doc Severinsen, Vic Damone and many others.

Pietro is a New York musician who has been in the business since 1987. From 1994 to 2003 he played lead alto saxophone and recorded with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with the bands of Maria Schneider, Horry Connick Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hamptom, Woody Herman, Ray Charles and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

The show is open to the public and begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 without a MavCard. Admission is free with a MavCard.

On Feb. 25, Doc Severinsen and his Big Band will perform. Severinsen is a Grammy-award winning trumpeter who is known to most as the bandleader for “The Late Show with Johnny Carson.” When the show ended in 1992, Severinsen and a significant portion of the “Tonight Show” band began touring and have yet to stop, even after 20 years.

The show featuring Severinsen will take place at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Tickets are limited and going fast. For more information, please contact the Holland box office at (402) 661.8521.

Both concerts are the culmination of two days of performances from 52 high school bands from across five states.

For more information on the concerts or the festival, please contact Pete Madsen at (402) 554.2297 or by email at petermadsen@unomaha.edu.

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