Big sound coming to jazz on the green
July 21st, 2011
Omaha, NE – One big band is making big waves throughout Omaha with a combination of swing and jazz. Now, theyâ€™re playing at a new location for Jazz on the Green.
Members of the Omaha Big Band have made a name for themselves not only in the category of swing, but jazz too. Music director and trombonist for the band, Chris Akers said the band places a lot of emphasis on their influences.
â€œWeâ€™ll do anything from tributes to Glen Miller, and tributes to Duke Ellington, to things like Aja by Steely Dan, so a real diverse mix. Nothing crazy or wacky by any means, but just kind of a diverse mix of standards and newer, contemporary arrangements.â€
Itâ€™s that kind of diversity that has made the band a popular attraction. Now, members of the Omaha Big Band are bringing their act to this yearâ€™s Jazz on the Green. But this isnâ€™t their first rodeo, Ackers said the band has enjoyed playing the event before, and is excited about the change in venue.
â€œThis is the first time of course at Midtown, but itâ€™s always great just to play in front of that many people, responsive people,” he said. “The crowds weâ€™ve had before … were so responsive. Theyâ€™re really listening.â€
The Omaha Big Band will performing Thursday, July 21, at Midtown Crossing for Jazz on the Green.
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