The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, June 13, 2000, Summer Edition, Page 2, Image 2

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NJO brings big band sound
to the Sheldon lawn tonight
By Melanie Mensch
Staff writer
Forget the tuxedoes and leave
the tickets at home.
Fans of the Nebraska Jazz
Orchestra can see the 17-piece
band for free Tuesday in the com
fort of their T-shirts and sneakers.
The NJO will play today at the
Jazz in June concert series.
the Jazz In
June lineup
Nebraska Jazz Orchestra
JUNE 20:
Matt Wallace Group
JUNE 27:
Angela Hagenbach Sextet
Founded in 1975-1976, the
NJO usually performs big band
jazz in formal settings like the
ballroom at the Holiday Inn or at
the Pla Mor Ballroom. Yet the
band has been a presence at Jazz
in June since 1992. Kathy Piper,
executive director of the
Nebraska Art Association, said
the band helps sustain the local
flavor of the concert series.
Dean Haist, executive direc
tor of the NJO, said jazz music in
Lincoln has gained more expo
sure through Jazz in June.
“Traditionally, jazz has
always had a kind of struggle for
an audience,” he said. “With Jazz
in June, it’s free and open to the
public. People can come with
their family with a picnic supper
and sit in the shade on the lawn.”
One of the premier big bands
in the Midwest, the NJO performs
traditional big band favorites, as
well as compositions written by
members of the orchestra.
“We want to perpetuate the
big band tradition,” NJO Director
Ed Love said, “but itb great fun to
play new music, written by
friends and colleagues.”
Randall Snyder, a professor of
theory and composition at UNLs
School of Music, has written
pieces for the orchestra. Snyder
said it felt good to have a musical
group locally perform his compo
sometimes you have to wait
a year before you can hear an
orchestra play a composition,” he
said. “With an orchestra so close
by, the composition goes quickly
from the imagination to sound.”
Most NJO members are from
Lincoln. Others are from
Beatrice, Omaha and other towns
in eastern Nebraska. Many mem
bers are teachers or play in other
musical groups, but they return to
the NJO to continue the tradition
of big band jazz.
Said Love: “It would be crim
inal if this kind of music was
allowed to die or sit on a shelf and
not be heard. This is a kind of
music you need to hear in per
Although the faces in the
U ...It’s an
exciting and
experience to
have 17 people
playing the
same song at
the same time.
You should
want to jump
out of your
chair if we do
our jobs right."
Ed Love
director, Nebraska Jazz
orchestra may have changed over
the years, Love said, the close
knit group continues to enjoy per
“Compared to a smaller
group, it's a lot louder,” he said
laughing. “But it’s an exciting and
moving experience to have 17
people playing the same song at
the same time. You should want to
jump out of your chair if we do
our jobs right.” .
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