Reminisce on the sweet sounds of Jazz on the Green | History

It is summertime, and in Omaha that means it is jazz time. For about 25 years, Joslyn Art Museum’s annual music series Jazz on the Green held a space in the hearts of Omahans — and that space was the grassy area between the museum and Central High School.







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Concertgoers would show up with coolers, picnics, lawn chairs, blankets and any other refreshments they chose to enjoy. For connoisseurs or casual listeners, there were always plenty of opportunities in the summer to participate in jazz.

Every Thursday for six weeks, this free outdoor concert series features a variety of jazz styles such as swing, fusion and blues. At its inception in 1984, the audience started in the hundreds and grew to thousands of visitors crowding the museum’s east grounds to hear local and regional jazz artists.

The concerts were relocated to Turner Park beginning in 2010.

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Let’s reminisce on the perfect way to jazz up a summer evening — relaxing (or dancing) outdoors under the setting sun with live music tickling the ears and feeding the soul.







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1999: Ida McBeth sings the blues and jazz on the first night of the new season of Jazz on the Green.


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2005: Juanita Henderson and John Oliver dance during Jazz on the Green at the Joslyn Art Museum. Henderson said she saw Oliver dancing by himself and had to join him.


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1998: Guitarist Dave Stryker plays to a packed lawn on the opening night of Joslyn’s Jazz on the Green concert.


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2002: Antonio Castillo of Omaha dances to the sound of Matt Wallace and Latin jazz at the year’s first Jazz on the Green.


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2007: The Matt Wallace Band performs at the first Jazz on the Green concert of the summer at the Joslyn Art Museum on July 5.


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2003: The Summer Jazz on the Green Concert series at the Joslyn Art Museum drew an estimated crowd of more than 3,000.


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1999: Nils Anders Erickson of the reggae band Rhythm Collective plays at Jazz on the Green at the Joslyn Art Museum on July 15.


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