Jazz in the Pines

Jazz in the Pines

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Prairie Pines Nature Preserve

3000-4498 North 112th Street and Adams

Lincoln, NE 68527

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Meadowlark Music Festival continues its 20th Anniversary Season with Jazz in Pines featuring award-winning vocalist Jackie Allen!

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Join Meadowlark Music Festival as we continue to celebrate our 20th Anniversary Season with award winning jazz vocalist Jackie Allen and special guests.

Jackie’s extraordinary talent has taken her on tours of Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. Nationally she has toured both coasts and in-between, appearing in Los Angeles (Catalina’s), San Francisco (Yoshi’s), San Diego (Humphrey’s), and in New York (Blue Note, Josef Papp Public Theater). Regionally, she was featured with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Auditorium Theater for an Ella Fitzgerald Celebration. She has performed international music festivals in Detroit, Chicago, The Hague, Stuttgart, Edinburgh, Bologna, Beijing, Hong Kong, Thessaloniki, and Sao Paulo among others.

Locally, Jackie was the 2018 recipient of Lincoln’s Mayor’s Arts Award, receiving the Artistic Achievement Performing Award, and was featured on A Prairie Home Companion Live at the Lied Center.

“This is four-hundred-dollar-a-bottle jazz – no cheap imitation.” – Rolling Stone

She has released over a dozen critically acclaimed recordings for Blue Note Records, A440, and Avant Bass and others, most notably: Santa Baby, The Men In My Life, Love Is Blue, Starry Night with orchestra, My Favorite Color (USA Today’s Top 10 List), and Rose Fingered Dawn.

In late 2019 Jackie released a live concert BluRay/CD entitled A Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen. Recorded and filmed in the historic Rococo Theater in Lincoln and featuring tenor sax legend Bob Sheppard, a 30-minute version of this program has been broadcast nationally in over 40 markets on PBS-TV. Her most recent recording, entitled The Nebraska Project, features musical portraits of historic Nebraska musical artists.

“Allen’s greatest strength is her sheer musicality and the way in which she both frames and interprets her songs.” -Los Angeles Times

All of Jackie’s available recordings can be found on her website: JackieAllen.com

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Joining Jackie will be celebrated UNL Professor Dr. Paul Haar. Acclaimed saxophonist Paul Haar has contributed his notable talent to numerous projects in both the jazz and classical genres and is recognized as being one of the most versatile saxophonists today. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia performing in such noted venues as Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall, The Shanghai Conservatory, The Theatro da Paz (Brazil) and the Tanglewood Institute.

In the jazz idiom he has performed with such artists as Gary Foster, Dave Brubeck, James Moody, The Manhattan Transfer, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Phil Woods, and has backed such personalities as Lou Rawls, The Chiffons, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Glades Knight and the Temptations. He has recorded on the Sea Breeze label as a member of the Boulevard Big Band (with saxophonist Eric Marienthal and vocalist Kevin Mahogany)and is active in such groups as The Southwest Horns Jazz-Saxophone ensemble, The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, and Group Saxs well has his own duo and quartet.

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Jeff Jenkins, the keyboard wizard from Denver, will be coming to Lincoln to perform with Jackie and Darryl. Jeff has appeared with many jazz greats including: Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, Dakota Staton, Frank Morgan, Marlena Shaw, David Fathead Newman, Teddy Edwards, the Count Basie Orchestra, The New York Voices, Bobby Hutcherson, Nelson Rangell, Renee Marie, John Abercrombie, and Richie Cole. He has released four CD’s in the last 15 years. The most recent on Capri Records entitled “Cique”, is an eclectic exciting blend of jazz and funk.

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Bringing the proverbial Kansas City fire to the pines will be internationally renowned drummer Michael Warren. Michael is known for his unmistakable 'Kansas City Swing Feel.' The late jazz drummer Max Roach praised Michael’s prowess and Lincoln Center’s Wynton Marsalis exclaimed, “Yeah man, you in there!” A highly sought after national and international adjudicator and clinician, Michael Warren held the position of Jazz Drum Set Professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City’s Music Conservatory. A first call drummer in Kansas City, nationally and internationally, Michael Warren has written and arranged for many bands and artists including The Jazz Disciples, Voyage, ECLIPSE and Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist winner and recording artist Lisa Henry.

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