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Nebraska Jazz Orchestra'Brass Spectacular: Music of Stan Kenton'
Thursday, November 15, 2018
7:30:00 PM
Cornhusker Marriott
333 S 13th St
Lincoln, NE

Featuring Justin Kisor on Trumpet -

A tribute to Stan Kenton - American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader of the 40s - 70s. A tribute to Stan Kenton - American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader of the 40s - 70s. Stan Kenton gained popularity with his forward thinking “progressive jazz” style. This concert will feature pieces such as “Here’s That Rainy Day”, “A Little Minor Booze”, “Peanut Vendor”, and “You Go to My Head”.

Justin Kisor is originally from Sloan, Iowa, and now calls Sioux City home. After moving to New York City in 1997 to attend the New School of Music, Kisor met drummer Charlie Persip and began playing with his big band. He also had the opportunity to provide music for the contemporary dance company, “Complexions”, taking part in multiple tours in Europe, The Canary Islands, and throughout the US. In 2001, the Juilliard School held auditions for the first class of jazz, and Kisor was selected to be one of four trumpet players. Upon graduation, he moved back to the Midwest, and won an audition in 2007 with the Navy’s premier jazz band, The Commodores, based in Washington D.C. Moving back to Iowa in 2011, he now plays and teaches music throughout the area.




Nebraska Jazz Orchestra'Nebraska Jazz Orchestra with Paul Shaffer'
Thursday, January 10, 2019
7:30:00 PM
Lied Center for Performing Arts
12th & R Sts.
Lincoln, NE






Nebraska Jazz Orchestra'Learning From the Master'
Friday, February 1, 2019
7:30:00 PM
Cornhusker Marriott
333 S 13th St
Lincoln, NE

Featuring Bob Washut on Piano and the 2019 Young Lions All-Star Band!

Robert Washut was Professor of Music at the University of Northern Iowa from 1980-2018 and served as Director of Jazz Studies from 1980-2002. During his 22 years as director of the UNI Jazz Band One, Washut recorded 11 CDs, toured Europe three times, received “Outstanding Band” recognition at collegiate jazz festivals, and was awarded three “Outstanding Performance” citations in DownBeat’s Annual Student Music Awards. Washut is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator nationally and is an accomplished jazz composer and arranger, receiving numerous commissions from professional ensembles.
The Young Lions All-Star Band is selected
by audition and is directed by Ed Love, NJO Music Director. The ensemble, made up of students under 21 years old from across the state, will perform on one half of this NJO concert.




Nebraska Jazz Orchestra'Sounds of the Cinema: Great Movie Themes'
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:30:00 PM
Cornhusker Marriott
333 S 13th St
Lincoln, NE

Featuring Paul McKee on Trombone

This concert will feature classic American movie themes from well-known films such as The Pink Panther, “Bali Ha’i” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, the theme from the movie M*A*S*H, and “Somewhere, Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.


Paul McKee is the Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone and Arranging/Composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder. McKee received a BME from the University of Northern Iowa and an MM in Composition form the University of Texas at Austin. In 1984, McKee joined Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd, and in addition to touring the United States and Europe, has performed on several Grammy-nominated recordings. McKee has also served on the jazz faculty at DePaul University, Youngstown State University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and Florida State University. McKee maintains an active schedule as a performer, composer and clinician, and his arrangements and compositions have been performed and recorded by professional and academic jazz ensembles worldwide.




Nebraska Jazz Orchestra'Local Boy Makes Good'
Thursday, May 16, 2019
7:30:00 PM
Cornhusker Marriott
333 S 13th St
Lincoln, NE

Featuring Frank Basile on Barriton Saxophone and the 2019 Young Jazz Artist Winner (tba)

After graduating with honors and a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, Basile moved to New York City in 2001 and was accepted into Julliard’s first Jazz Studies program. Basile has been called upon to perform, record, and tour the world with many of jazz’s finest musicians and ensembles. In addition to performing regularly in some of New York’s major jazz clubs, Basile has maintained a private studio for the past decade and has served as an adjunct faculty member at The New School.


An Omaha native, Basile was the winner of the first ever NJO Young Jazz Artist Competition in 1996. This performance will feature the 24th winner of the Young Jazz Artist Competition. Young musicians from across the state are chosen by recorded audition to participate in a live finals where a winner and runner-up are selected.