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The history of jazz in Omaha

Posted On May 26, 2021, 10:47 AM by Victoria Ortega

Since our April blog about Jazz Appreciation Month, O-pa’s IDEA committee has been busy fine-tuning our strategic plan, hosting a book club, attending virtual expos and exploring ways to support and participate in the community’s IDEA initiatives. 

Recently, committee members had the opportunity to connect with Eric Ewing, Executive Director of the Great Plains Black History Museum for a “lunch and learn” on the topic of the history of jazz in Omaha. Great timing, as O-pa had just announced our lineup for Jazz on the Green which will return to Turner Park at Midtown Crossing July 8.

Mr. Ewing was kind enough to share his wisdom about Omaha’s jazz history, notable names who played here, interesting facts about former jazz venues and much more. The presentation was recorded, and you can watch it here:

We look forward to scheduling an in-person visit to the Great Plains Black History Museum. To learn more about the museum, and to schedule your visit, head to: