OPA Introduces Jazz on YOUR Green

July 7th, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Omaha Performing Arts’ Jazz on the Green is one of the gems of Omaha summers, and while COVID-19 has complicated this year’s events, festivities aren’t dead in the water.

Featuring OPA President, Joan Squires

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Kenny G Comes to Omaha

April 27th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—If you don’t know him from his extensive solo work, you must know him from collaborations with the biggest pop and jazz musicians of the era. The man with the soprano saxophone, Kenny G will be performing tomorrow night at the Orpheum Theatre.

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A Conversation with Curly Martin Part I

February 2nd, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

If you haven’t had the chance to get to hear Martin on stage, you might know his son who took home a Grammy two nights ago. Terrace Martin is a jazz musician himself and also a producer for Herbie Hancock and rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Omaha Performing Arts’  1200 club is known bringing national jazz musicians the stage at the Holland Center, but this Friday, Curly Martin, Terrace Martin and friends will remind audiences of the talent born and bred right here in North Omaha.

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Jazz on the Green Continues with The Sugar Thieves

July 18th, 2017

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—This Thursday, July 20, Omaha Performing Arts’ Jazz on the Green series will host The Sugar Thieves. The Phoenix based band started as a duo between Meredith Moore, originally from Omaha, and guitarist Mike Lander in 2006.

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Aaron Diehl Comes to Omaha for “Jelly and George”

March 2nd, 2017

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—The Holland Performing Arts Center will host a night of jazz on Sunday, March 5th with “Jelly and George.” Aaron Diehl, acclaimed pianist and curator of the program, will be joined by New York based pianist, Adam Birnbaum, Grammy Award-winning singer, Cecile Salvant, and other performers in celebration of the music of Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin.

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An Evening with Chris Botti

July 18th, 2016

By Melissa Dundis

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, Chris Botti is touring again and will be performing music from all of your favorite genres this Wednesday evening. From jazz to classical masterpieces and more, Botti talks about the experience you can expect from one of his live shows.

Botti: “It’s really something that I’m most proud of, the group and the way the we’ve set up our show to really feature, of course, great jazz musicians and great jazz music, but popular music, R&B, Rock n’ Roll and Classical as well so we carry two different singers and a fantastic concert violinist. So we’ve been able to go around the world, and play music and keep the focus on music rather than, I mean, popular music today is more about background dancing and computers, and stuff being taped. This is just really great musicians on stage.”

Grammy award-winning artist, Chris Botti ( Fabrizio Ferri)

Grammy award-winning artist, Chris Botti ( Fabrizio Ferri)

Chris Botti has gained some of the greatest musical opportunities that brought his career where it is today. He has performed and toured with Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and talks about his relationship with English musician, Sting.

Botti: “I started my solo career in 1995, so it’s been twenty years now and in 1999 my opportunity to joins Sting’s group as a member of his group but with a solemn promise from that he would break the sound of my trumpet to the world. “Many of them”, his quote was, “are not jazz fans, but they will become your fan”. He has become one of my closest friends and that relationship to this day has opened so many doors for me and took my career from, just a guy who wants to make it as a solo career, to a guy that has incredible visibility and incredible opportunities to play. Yes, it has a lot to do with music but also where you place yourself along your journey, and meeting him and having that relationship that really clicked like that has done so much for my career.”

This Grammy Award-winning artists’ love and dedication to his music has never stopped.

Botti: “I’m sort of very, not content, but I’m really driven by the same sort of drive that I had when I was ten or twelve or fifteen years old, and that is to play my trumpet great. I feel very fortunate to travel the world with this great band and we can play anywhere in the world right now and that is very unusual, and so I just feel very fortunate to be able to do that.”

An Evening with Chris Botti presented by Omaha Performing Arts, is this Wednesday evening, the show Starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiewit Concert Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center. For tickets and more information visit omahaperformingarts.org.

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