Jazz Calendar (Updated 5/2/2021)

May 2, 2021

Etienne Charles & Creole Soul returns to the Holland Performing Arts Center this month for a night of great music. Trumpeter and bandleader Etienne Charles buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles from his Afro-Caribbean background, including calypso and Haitian voodoo music. Charles performs with the dynamic stage presence befitting an artist who has worked with the likes of Roberta Flack, René Marie, David Rudder, Wynton Marsalis and more. Born on the Island of Trinidad in 1983, Charles defies easy musical categorization. A recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and recent Chamber Music America Grant for New Works, he has been hailed by New York Times as "an auteur". According to Downbeat Magazine "Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world-class ballet dancer." He has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. More recently, he received the distinct honor of being selected as a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts. Etienne Charles & Creole Soul performs on May 12th at 7:30 PM at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon will appear on May 28th at the Holland Performing Arts Center. A leading force in new jazz, composer-pianist Jason Moran plays with an unmistakable sense of funk, fluidity, and freedom.  Together with his group The Bandwagon, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, deliver an explosive combination of classical and contemporary jazz styles. Moran was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. The Rolling Stone says he is “the most provocative thinker in current jazz." Showtime for Jason Moran and The Bandwagon is 7:30pm May 28th at the Holland Performing Arts Center. A preshow curtain warmer session with  Omaha’s Shawn Bell Trio will take place. Listen and learn about the differences and compliments between classical and contemporary jazz music. Preshow curtain warmers will take place in the theater lobby one hour prior to the start of the show.

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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