Reminisce about the sweet sounds of Jazz on the Green | Story
It’s summer, and in Omaha that means it’s jazz time. For about 25 years, the Joslyn Art Museum’s annual Jazz on the Green musical series occupied a space in the heart of Omahans – and that space was the grassy area between the museum and Central High School.
Spectators showed up with coolers, picnics, lawn chairs, blankets and any other refreshment they chose to enjoy. For connoisseurs or casual listeners, there were always plenty of opportunities in the summer to partake in jazz.
Every Thursday for six weeks, this series of free outdoor concerts featured a variety of jazz styles such as swing, fusion and blues. When it was established in 1985, audiences started in the hundreds and grew to thousands of visitors crowding the museum’s east grounds to hear local and regional jazz artists.
Concerts moved to Turner Park from 2010.
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Let’s remember the perfect way to brighten up a summer evening – relax (or dance) outdoors under the setting sun with live music tickling the ears and nourishing the soul.
Correction: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect year for the start of Jazz on the Green.
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