Jazz Calendar (Updated 1/22/2021)

Jan 22, 2021

Grammy Award winning Ranky Tanky performs at the Holland Performing Arts Center on February 5th. Attend a preshow curtain warmer discussion with Eric Ewing, Executive Director for the Great Plains Black History Museum, on the history of jazz in Omaha. Preshow curtain warmers will take place in the theater lobby one hour prior to the start of the show. Translated loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” Grammy Award winning Ranky Tanky performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture with mixtures of gospel, funk, R&B and jazz. Ranky Tanky’s music ranges from playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from soulful spirituals to delicate lullabies. The group features singer Quiana Parler, singer/guitarist Clay Ross, trumpeter/singer Charlton Singleton, bassist Kevin Hamilton, and drummer Quentin Baxter, accomplished artists have come together to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.
Ranky Tanky performs on February 5th at 7:30pm at the Holland Performing Arts Center. For more information you may visit

Attend "A Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen" Friday, February 12th at 7:30pm at Iowa Western Community College. With her smoky and suggestive voice, distinctive phrasing, and improvisatory chops, Jackie Allen is a true jazz singer. A Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen presents a mix of musical styles, from classic jazz tunes to up-tempo swing numbers, soulful R&B, lush ballads, and jaunty sambas. A natural storyteller, she can interpret jazz ballads with great sensitivity and fluently transform pop tunes into the jazz idiom. Over a career spanning four decades, renowned vocalist Jackie Allen has recorded a dozen CDs that have garnered wide critical acclaim. Downbeat Magazine said that her last album, Rose Fingered Dawn, displays "polished virtuosity... a shimmering paradigm of stylish and sophisticated jazz singing." Allen was recently featured on PBS with a film version of A Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen. The film has aired across the country on over 200 stations in 46 states. Filmed live in Lincoln, Neb., at the Rococo Theater, Allen brought her longtime recording band from Chicago to Lincoln for this performance. Concert takes place at 7:30pm at the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Council Bluff, Iowa. Seating capacity is limited due to COVID-19  and masks are required. For more information you may call 712-388-7140 or (800) 432-5852 x 7140 or visit



Stay up to date with upcoming music performances as local non-profits re-open their venues, with social distancing and safety in mind in response to COVID-19. More details are available with the following links to these organizations:

Omaha Performing Arts Society
1200 Douglas Street, Omaha

Blues Society of Omaha

Arts Incorporated
315 South 9th Street, Suite 110
Lincoln, NE 68508-2283

Lied Center for Performing Arts
12th and R Streets
P.O. Box 880151
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0151