By Madisyn Hahn
June 4, 2019
Every Tuesday of June celebrates the art of Jazz at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jazz in June celebrates its 28th season this year with audiences expected to exceed 4,000 weekly. Beginning at 7 p.m. on the lawn west of the Sheldon Art Museum, the minimum good will donation of $10 per family helps continue the series for years to come.
Director of Jazz in June, Spencer Munson said, “It’s a free concert series showcasing our amazing diverse jazz and makes an amazing connection between the University and Lincoln community.”
This event is one of the largest events for the Lincoln community. It helps educate citizens about the importance of culture and entertainment.
“Jazz is underappreciated and this event highlights its importance on American History and community. It’s important to have free events like this to bring all walks of life together,” said Munson.
Performing every Tuesday in June are a variety of jazz musicians; Naughty Professor, Evening in Brazil, Marquis Hill Blacktet and Nubya Garcia. They range in different cultures and backgrounds all over the world from New Orleans to the heart of London. This event showcases the diversity not only in our society but also brings out the diversity in the Lincoln community.
“Jazz has influenced all music genres and therefore all different kinds of people. I am especially excited to see our local Brazilian community for the June 11 show. This year’s band, Evening in Brazil, actually has a local musician, Christopher Neale, who works at the Water for Food Institute,” said Munson. “We strive to get not only nationally known artists but Grammy Award winners and international artists as well.”
Not only does this event support jazz artists, but it also supports the environment. This is a green event that encourages concert-goers to drop recyclables in designated recycling bins.
“People can expect Read Aloud, libraries that will be set up for a place where parents can read to their kids feature books about Jazz, more dancing and a celebration of our 150 years as a university,” said Munson.
Jazz in June is a family friendly environment that allows families to share in the joy of jazz together. The event is only expanding more and more every year with new artists and programs.
“We are doing a new education program at the Children’s Museum that will be a blast. We are shooting to have over 200 kids for a special performance from Marquis Hill Blacktet June 18th at 10 a.m.,” said Munson.
For more information about updates on Jazz in June visit its website here.
Madisyn Hahn is a multimedia intern with KZUM.