Research compiled by Dakota N., Nevaeh Y, Brandon W., Joe F, Tavien H., and Marvin C.,
At the beginning of the 20th century, a new voice for the African-American community was created; that voice was jazz. Jazz is a musical form that allows the player to express their emotions and tell a story in an aggressive, free, and vibrant manner. The African-American community of North Omaha took hold of this new music and helped to create and preserve some of the biggest moments in jazz while rivaling more known venues in Chicago, Kansas City, and New Orleans. This is the story of those who lived and experienced this major cultural event.
Students created this documentary as part of the OPS Making Invisible Histories Visible initiative.
Click here to view a GIS map of musicians living in North Omaha from 1940 to 1960.