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Omaha jazz great Luigi plays vibraphone, July 29, 1999
Omaha jazz great Lewis Luigi Waites - known locally simple as "Luigi" - plays the vibraphone during a tribute to Duke Ellington, July 29, 1999. Photo: Jim Williams

Joslyn Art Museum: Jazz on the Green

This free concert series is held on the Joslyn Green (the Museum's east lawn) for six consecutive Thursdays each July and August. Presenting this uniquely American art form in all its diverse styles-- including mainstream, swing, big band, and fusion--the series began in 1984 as an educational outreach program for audience development. The Museum remains open through intermission so that concert-goers may view the collections and special exhibits. Featuring local and regional performers, the series is well-attended, averaging 5,000 per concert or 30,000 for the series. Many concert-goers take the opportunity to share a picnic supper, contributing to the event's air of informal intimacy. Jazz on the Green is documented in photographs, slides, text, and an audio tape.

Originally submitted by: Lee Terry, Representative (2nd District).

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