North Omaha, Music
Jazz played an important part in the history of North Omaha. Preston
Love once said, "If New York, Chicago, and Kansas City were the major
leagues of jazz, Omaha was the Triple-A.” Omaha was a stop for many of
the top jazz musicans in the nation from the 1920s to the 1960s. The
thriving jazz culture also gave birth to many great native Omahan
musicans. Most African American jazz musicians were not allowed to play
with the white musicians, those wanting to hear them were very limited
on where they could go. Because of this, the Dreamland Ballroom at 24th
and Grant Streets became the popular destination for lovers of jazz
music in Omaha. The Dreamland Ballroom was where most famous African
American jazz musicians played, giving members of the community a chance
to experience the energy and excitement of the era.
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Music has had a significant impact on people throughout history and
provides a soundtrack for their experiences. It has the remarkable
ability to enhance history and tell the story of a people. The presence
of music in Omaha has continued to help the African American community
survive hardships like discrimination and segregation by acting as a
source of encouragement and motivation to keep the fight for equal
rights alive. It has given comfort when people are in pain and calm in
times of stress. The presence of music has also amplified joy in happier
times and fed the excitement during times of celebration.
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Art and Music
South Omaha has traditionally been infused with the vibrancy of new
immigration waves. Music and Art have always played an important role
in presenting the expression of the people and their culture.
This site seeks to highlight their contributions to their community.
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