Darryl White Quartet to headline Jazz in June concert | Nebraska today

After torrential rain last week, the Jazz in June concert series kicks off June 14 with a live performance by the Darryl White Quartet.

White’s band will perform a mix of traditional and contemporary jazz styles, including works from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis. An associate professor of trumpet and jazz studies in Nebraska, White has performed as a soloist with the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and Grand Junction Symphony, as well as the Roaring Fork Jazz Festival.

The free concert series takes place at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in June at the Sheldon Sculpture Garden, west of the Sheldon Museum of Art. A market offers food and drink from 5-9pm every Tuesday. The concert series is produced by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with support from the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Each concert includes two sets of music from 7-7:45 p.m. and 8-8:45 p.m., respectively, with a 15-minute intermission.

Bike Valet will provide free, secure bike parking from 5:00 p.m. until one 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.

Nebraska’s longest running free concert series, Jazz in June, will feature some of the country’s top jazz artists.

The next Jazz concerts in June 2022 are:

  • June 21: Kurt Elling – One of the most celebrated artists in DownBeat magazine’s history, Elling has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, winning two. A highly skilled singer-songwriter who boasts a resonant baritone and a four-octave range, he has won a worldwide fan base, in addition to numerous awards, for his distinctive brand of vocal jazz.

  • June 28: Davina and the Wanderers — The New Orleans sound of this band includes elements of blues, jazz, R&B, soul and gospel. The band created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, deft musicianship, dressed-up professionalism, and commanding stage presence of Davina Sowers. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the group is winning over audiences one show at a time. This cheerful quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums and a spicy trumpet and trombone section.

While Jazz in June is free, there is a reserved, shaded seating area in front of the stage that costs $25 for a one-day ticket or $80 for all four weeks. Customers interested in premium reserved seats should click here.

The community is invited to join Jazz in June’s membership program, The Rhythm Club. Membership supports the booking of top artists 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 The Facebook page.

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