White to open Jazz in June

May 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Arts & Entertainment, May 6, 2010

UNL trumpeter Darryl White will kick off Jazz in June when the annual concert series opens June 1.

Now in its 19th season, the Jazz in June series offers five Tuesday evening jazz performances in the great outdoors on the plaza west of the Sheldon Museum of Art. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. and draw thousands to campus.

The Darryl White Group will perform with guest artist Dick Oatts in the June 1 performance. White is an associate professor of trumpet in the School of Music. He has played the trumpet since age 10. Trained as a classical musician, White found his true passion in jazz. He has performed at venues nationwide. His albums include “In the Fullness of Time,” “Ancient Memories” and “Resonance.”

Darryl White

Other members of the group are Jeff Jenkins on keyboards, Craig Akin on bass and Brandon Draper on drums.

A saxophonist, Oatts has played with a who’s who list of jazz musicians throughout the world for the past 30 years. He has released five CDs.
The Darryl White Group last played Jazz in June in 2008. For more information, go to www.darrylwhite.com.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Jazz in June performances are free and open to the public, however, concertgoers are asked to make a minimum donation of $10 per family to continue the series.

To ensure the safety of all concerned, pets will no longer be allowed at concerts. Service animals are allowed.

Before each concert visitors are invited to take a tour of the gardens on the UNL campus. The free tours start at 6 p.m. on the east side of Sheldon. The Sheldon will also offer Super Sleuth hunts in and around the museum for kids. And, the Jazz in June Market will return, offering food (including UNL Dairy Store ice cream) and shopping to concertgoers. The market opens at 5 p.m. on 12th and R streets.

For more information, go to www.jazzinjune.com.

Other performances in the 19th season of Jazz in June are:

June 8 — Otro Mundo
Bringing the roots of Samba, Flamenco and Latin jazz, Dusty Brough (guitar), Kevin Freeby (bass), and Steve Haney (percussion) formed Otro Mundo to create a distinctive musical experience. It’s an experience the band has shared from President Obama’s first state dinner at the White House to stages across Europe and the United States. The band released its first CD, “Otro Mundo,” in February. Rebecca Kleinmann (flute and vocals) and drummer Julien Cantelm have recently joined the band. For more information, go to www.otromundomusic.com.

June 15 — Angela Hagenbach
A favorite of Jazz in June crowds, Kansas City singer/songwriter Angela Hagenbach will return with her quintet. A fashion-model-turned-jazz-singer, Hagenbach’s voice has been described as a mocha-rich contralto with razor-sharp intonation. Hagenbach sings everything from swinging, straight-ahead jazz standards, blues and original compositions to sensual Latin jazz. Musicians accompanying her will include: Roger Wilder, piano; Danny Embrey, guitar; Steve Rigazzi, bass; Doug Auwarter, drums; and Matt Otto, saxophone. She has been twice selected to represent the United States as a jazz ambassador by the U.S. Information Agency and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

June 22 — Jeff Newell’s New-Trad Octet
Led by UNL graduate Jeff Newell, the New Trad Octet combines the instrumentation of a New Orleans marching band and an electric rhythm and blues group, infusing Americana, soul jazz and R&B with an avant-garde sense of anything goes. Newell, saxophonist and bandleader, was born in Kansas City and raised in rural Nebraska. He graduated from the UNL School of Music in the mid-1970s and has performed in Chicago and New York jazz scenes for decades. In addition to his performance schedule, Newell is a faculty member at the Brooklyn School of Music. In time for Mardi Gras in 1994, Newell formed the New-Trad Octet, incorporating the spontaneity of modern jazz improvisations with turn-of-the-19th-century hymns and marches. Musicians playing with the octet include: Victor Garcia, trumpet; Ryan Shultz, bass trumpet; Mike Hogg, tuba; Neal Alger, guitar; Steve Million, keyboard; Tim Fox, bass; and Rick Vitek, drums. For more information, go to www.new-trad.com.

June 29 — The Jerry Hahn Band

A trailblazer in rock-jazz fusion in the 1960s and 1970s, Jerry Hahn is recognized as one of jazz’s most influential guitarists. Born in Nebraska and raised in Kansas, he began playing professionally at age 11 with the Bobby Wiley Rhythmaires, appearing daily on Wichita’s first television station KEDD. Hahn has performed with a variety of groups through the years, including the John Handy Quintet, Gary Burton Quartet, and Jerry Hahn Brotherhood. In 1972, Hahn returned to Wichita, and began a teaching career at Wichita State University, and later at the Colorado Institute of Art and Portland State University, while continuing to perform, record and tour. He is currently performing and teaching in the Kansas City and Wichita areas. The Jerry Hahn Band includes Joe Cartwright on piano, Tyrone Clarke on bass and Mike Warren at drums. For more information, go to www.jerryhahn.com.

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