Annual jazz and blues festival moves indoors


June 29th, 2011

Omaha, NE – The 10th annual Omaha Jazz and Blues festival kicks off next weekend at a new indoor location, the Orpheum Theater.

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A variety of live jazz and blues music can be enjoyed indoors at this year’s festival. Lao Tizer is a keyboardist, composer, band leader and founder of the Tizer Band. Based in California, the Tizer Band is also one of the acts for the festival.

“We call our music world fusion with some jam elements, and even some rock vibe to it as well,” Tizer said. “There’s also of course Latin and funk, a pretty diverse set of flavors, although it seems like a very cohesive show.”

Lao Tizer and his band will perform Friday, July 8 for the Omaha Jazz and Blues Festival. (Photo courtesy Lao Tizer)

Tizer added, “All the players of the band are truly world class musicians, so it’s a powerful group live.” Tizer said his musical journey started at the age of five, when he started to play his sister’s piano -a gift from their parents.

This year, the festival has moved indoors because of the flooded riverfront area. Tizer said his seven-member band still looks forward to coming to Omaha for the third time.

“The nature of a festival outdoors is a little different,” he said. “But indoors tends to focus everyone’s attention more so.”

Several other jazz and blues artists will perform at the festival, including the Wispers, and Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson. Local artists like Dani Cleveland, and the GBT Academy of the Arts Band will also grace the stage. The two-day festival kicks off next weekend and doors open at 4pm both days.

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