The Joslyn strikes back


By Mike Machian

Joslyn’s First Friday Jam concert series concludes May 3 with the Jazz Factory.

Joslyn’s media relations coordinator Amy Rummel describes the season’s attendance as excellent. Rummel says the 7-year-old series has been growing steadily in popularity.

This season’s final act, The Jazz Factory, has released five CDs and was founded by Stefan Gaspar, who is the group’s guitarist and saxophonist.

If you fear the end of this year’s First Friday Jam and are too impatient for next year, the good folks at Joslyn have got you covered. Two days after the last First Friday Jam, there is Bagels and Bach. Will the excitement ever truly end?

Bagel’s and Bach is 25 years old and is Omaha’s only year-round classical musical series. Unlike the First Friday Jam, Bagels and Bach is held on the first Sunday of each month. And I asked — the music is not limited to Bach, nor is the food to bagels.

If the prospect of the nearly annual tuition hike is keeping you away from becoming more cultured, Jazz on the Green, in its 17th year, is for you. Not only is it free, but it’s outside. Starting July 11 at 7 p.m. and going for the next six Thursdays, you can see national and local jazz acts on the grand staircase. And if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, the concerts get moved indoors.

Now I’ve enlightened you on how to spend your Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays — you are on your own for Saturdays.