North Omaha Music
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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Jazz played an important part in the history of North Omaha. Preston Love once said, "If New York, Chicago...