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Jazz band offers melodic Mondays
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By Barb Churchill
Monday night can be boring if
you’re in search of entertainment in
Lincoln. But not if you’re a fan of big
The Monday Night Big Band
offers the opportunity to cure you of
your entertainment blues. The big
band series is held at the Ramada
Plaza Hotel, Ninth and O streets,
every Monday night.
The Monday Night Big Band was
formed in February 1997 by Dave
Sharp, Bob Krueger, Dean Haist,
Scott Vickroy and Brad Obbink. They
believed there needed to be more of a
jazz presence in Lincoln, as well as an
outlet for the many jazz-trained musi
cians in the area. The Monday Night
Big Band is a rehearsal or “reading”
band as well as an excellent opportu
nity to see live jazz performed in a
The Lincoln-area group was pat
terned after the popular Monday
Night Band held at the venerable
Village Vanguard in New York. As is
true in New York, Monday nights are
usually the least-complicated nights
to be holding a weekly jazz band,
because few concerts, shows or plays
are held on Monday nights. Another
popular jazz orchestra patterned
along the same lines is the Dallas Jazz
Orchestra, which also meets on
One unusual thing about the
Monday Night Big Band is its fluidity.
There literally are different musicians
each week, as well as different music
directors. Part of the reason for this is
(Performing new pieces) sets up
challenges for the jazz improviser. ...”
because there are so many people in
Lincoln who want to perform live
jazz. There are more than 100 per
formers who play on the Monday
Night Big Band list, as well as 10 dif
ferent directors. The performers play
saxophone, trombone, trumpet,
piano, bass, guitar and drums.
And not every Monday Night Big
Band regular is a typical performing
musician. The lineup features profes
sional and amateur musicians from all
walks of life. Some are currently col
lege musicians, while others have
graduated from various area music
schools and are performing or teach
ing music. Still others are working in
advertising, engineering and secretar
ial fields. Yet all of these diverse musi
cians are united by a common calling:
the desire to play jazz in public.
The Monday Night Big Band
actively seeks jazz musicians to “sit
in,” or perform without notice, along
with its more accomplished musi
cians. These guests range from visit
ing professional musicians (such as
the pit orchestra members from “Les
Miserables” who sat in while they
were in town) to jazz aficionados who
are still in high school. During one
recent performance, four different
musicians from local high schools sat
in on three different instruments.
Although these younger, less
accomplished jazz musicians lacked
polish, it was obvious why the Big
Band wanted them to perform. These
young players enjoyed themselves
and added verve and excitement to the
Dean Haist, one of the Monday
Night Big Band’s rotating cast of
music directors, said playing new
pieces every week is part of the chal
“(Performing new pieces) sets up
challenges for the jazz improviser that
are rarely seen in Lincoln. Often, we
are sight-reading pieces, or playing
pieces we’ve only seen once, which
makes what we do more challenging
and exciting,” Haist said.
The Monday Night Big Band per
formers play for virtually nothing -
they receive free beer or soft drinks
and a very small percentage from the
door admission. The money raised
from admission, Haist said, is used to
buy lights for the music stands, buy
music and pay gas mileage for those
who commute from outside Lincoln.
Monday Night Big Band is held
every Monday at the Ramada Plaza
Hotel. Admission is $4, and the music
starts at 7:30 p.m.
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PIANIST from page 9
on new repertoire” and “The Case of
the Potential Piano Dropout: What to
do when the magic stops.”
His appearances will continue
Friday night with a recital at 8 p.m.,
and he will sit in on a piano master
class featuring UNL graduate and
undergraduate pianists Saturday
morning at 9 a.m.
Blickenstaff believes that learn
ing music can change the way one
views the world - and so can he by
“I dunk music organizes the brain
in a unique way, and a lot of research
shows music activity is very stimulat
ing to the learning process,” he said.
“Even more importantly it helps
sensitize a person to a realm of life
thfodgh sound and opens up an
avenue of expression that is unavail
able through other means.”
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