Great Plains Jazz Festival
Save the dates:
2020 UNO Jazz Festival featuring Stefan Harris
February 28-29, 2020
The Great Plains Jazz Festival features nationally renowned adjudicators, clinicians
Jazz artists that have recently appeared at the Great Plains Jazz Festival include Brubeck Brothers, Bela Fleck, Doc Severinsen, Diane Schuur, the Jim Widner Big Band, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Jim Pugh, Marvin Stamm, Hubert Laws, and the Blue Note 7 featuring Ravi Coltrane and Nicholas Payton.
For more information about the Omaha Performing Arts Combo Competition (Saturday only) please visit: Omaha Performing Arts Jazz Combo Competition
School band registration is now closed, but tickets are still available for both Friday and Saturday night concerts.
To be placed on the waiting list please email Peter Madsen at email@example.com
Participating Directors Click Here for detailed Jazz Festival information
2019 Great Plains Jazz Festival Headliner Concerts
Friday, Feb. 22,
2019 at 8pm | Featuring Kris Berg's Metroplexity Big Band and Indrikia Veitners
- Tickets for Friday are $15 general admission and $5 for students and directors
- Strauss Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
- General Admission Tickets
- Student Tickets
Saturday, Feb. 23,
2019 at 8pm | Featuring Etienne Charles
Kris Berg is a best-selling composer and arranger for Alfred Publishing. He has written charts for Kurt Elling, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wayne Bergeron
Kris has released two highly acclaimed CD’s (MAMA Records) as leader of the Metroplexity Big Band. “Time Management”, winner of two Global Music Awards, and “This Time/Last Year” feature his unique writing and arranging, special guests such as Phil Woods, Wayne Bergeron, Delfeayo Marsalis, Chris Vadala, Clay Jenkins
An award-winning bassist, director
Mr. Berg is the Artistic Director for Jazz with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra foundation and directs the GDYO Jazz Orchestra. He is also the founder of the award-winning Jazz Program at Collin College including the Collin Jazz Fest and the Texas All-Star Jazz Camp.
Etienne Charles is the Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Michigan State University and has been hailed by The New York Times as "an auteur" (Ben Ratliff), and by Jazz Times as "A daring improviser who delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism" (Bill Milkowski). According to Downbeat
He has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. In June 2012, Etienne was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World. Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation or Eastern Caribbean origin, Etienne brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean to the table. Crucially, as a soloist, he fully understands the New Orleans trumpet tradition; which is readily discernible in his trademark instrumental swagger and what famed Crescent City Pianist, Jelly Roll Morton so succinctly captured in the now immortal phrase, 'The Spanish Tinge'. He has performed and or recorded with Monty Alexander, Roberta Flack, Frank Foster, Ralph MacDonald, Johnny Mandel, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Maria Schneider, Count Basie Orchestra, Eric Reed, Lord Blakie, David Rudder and many others. He holds a Master's degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor's degree from Florida State University.
For more information please visit etiennecharles.com
2019 Omaha Performing Arts Combo Competition (Saturday Only)
Omaha Performing Arts will be holding their annual jazz combo competition in conjunction with the UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival. This annual competition element of the festival provides outstanding student ensembles a chance to shine in a combo setting. Winners will perform as the opening act to an upcoming Jazz Concert and will also perform at a masterclass.
- High School and College student jazz combos of 10 or fewer musicians are eligible to compete.
- Combos will have a clinic in the same venue after their performance in the remaining allotted performance time.
- Fee: $50 per Jazz Combo. Terms and conditions of competition and performance prize are subject to change.
Visit Omaha Performing Arts for more information.