Jazz in June returns to in-person performances for the 30th anniversary season | Nebraska today

For its 30th anniversary season, the Jazz in June concert series will feature five evenings of jazz live and in person at the Sheldon Sculpture Garden, west of the Sheldon Museum of Art.

The free concert series, which takes place every Tuesday in June, will feature two music ensembles from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., respectively, with a 15-minute intermission. Beyond performances, the series will include educational outreach coordinated by community centers and artists.

A market will offer food and drink from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday.

Bike Valet will provide free and secure parking for bikes from 5 p.m. to 1 hour after each concert at the east end of the market. For more information, Click here or call the Outdoor Adventure Center at 402-472-4777.

To ensure the safety of guests, performers, volunteers and vendors, social distancing will be required as recommended by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Lincoln-Lancaster County Department of Health. These recommendations are subject to change.

This year’s series will feature many of Nebraska’s top jazz artists.


  • June 1: Nebraska Jazz Orchestra – One of the great, premier bands in the Midwest, with a variety of traditional and new compositions, including many jazz standards.
  • June 8: Blue House with rent for owning horns – An internationally renowned jazz group that was inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame in 2018, featuring “Howling Horns” and a “Wall of Sounds”.
  • June 15: Mitch Towne and Nebraska Band – A must-have Hammond organist in the Midwest and a sought-after side-man for a variety of jazz /R&B artists, including Grammy Award-winning producer Terrace Martin.
  • June 22: Darryl White Ensemble – A group led by the Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at the Glenn Korff School of Music, who has published several CD recordings and has been featured on PBS.
  • June 29: Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal – A high-energy, city-favorite funk / soul group taking on the Jazz in June scene for the first time. Hoyer received national acclaim with his appearance on NBC“The Voice”.

“There’s no year our community needed Jazz in June more than in 2021,” said Madeline Reddel, Jazz in June coordinator. “The great Lincoln community can come together to enjoy a free outdoor jazz concert and forget about the challenges of the past year. The future is bright and healthy. “

Jazz in June is going through the most difficult year in its history. Most funding was not available during the pandemic and the organization was unstaffed after July 1, 2020. The community can support Jazz in June with an advance donation as part of Give to Lincoln, hosted by the Lincoln Community Foundation , to support this year’s season and the future of the concert series.

While Jazz in June is free, there’s a small, reserved seating area that requires a $ 20 ticket. Customers interested in premium reserved seats can visit the Lied Center website when tickets go on sale later this week.

The community is invited to join the Jazz in June membership program, The Rhythm Club. Membership supports booking of top performers and new educational programs, and helps keep concerts free. Donate directly through the Give To Lincoln page here. For more information, visit the Jazz in June website and Facebook page.

Those interested in making a donation or becoming a Jazz in June volunteer or board member can email Reddel at jazzinjune@unl.edu.

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