Meadowlark Music Festival

Bringing a world of music to Nebraska

Meadowlark Music Festival's 20th Anniversary Season!

Meadowlark Music Festival presents Jazz in the Pines

Prairie Pines Nature Preserve
N 112th St. and Adams
Saturday July 9th 7:00 PM


PAUL HAAR, saxophones
JEFF JENKINS, piano/organ
and special guests TBD

Don't forget to bring folding chairs or blankets!

Jackie Allen, vocals

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Jackie’s extraordinary talent has taken her on tours of Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. Nationally she has toured both coasts and in-between, appearing in Los Angeles (Catalina’s), San Francisco (Yoshi’s), San Diego (Humphrey’s), and in New York (Blue Note, Josef Papp Public Theater). Regionally, she was featured with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Auditorium Theater for an Ella Fitzgerald Celebration. She has performed international music festivals in Detroit, Chicago, The Hague, Stuttgart, Edinburgh, Bologna, Beijing, Hong Kong, Thessaloniki, and Sao Paulo among others.

Locally, Jackie was the 2018 recipient of Lincoln’s Mayor’s Arts Award, receiving the Artistic Achievement Performing Award, and was featured on A Prairie Home Companion Live at the Lied Center.

“This is four-hundred-dollar-a-bottle jazz – no cheap imitation.” – Rolling Stone

Paul Haar, saxophones

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Acclaimed saxophonist Paul Haar has contributed his notable talent to numerous projects in both the jazz and classical genres and is recognized as being one of the most versatile saxophonists today. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia performing in such noted venues as Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall, The Shanghai Conservatory, The Theatro da Paz (Brazil) and the Tanglewood Institute.
In the jazz idiom he has performed with such artists as Gary Foster, Dave Brubeck, James Moody, The Manhattan Transfer, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Phil Woods, and has backed such personalities as Lou Rawls, The Chiffons, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Glades Knight and the Temptations and has recorded on the Sea Breeze label as a member of the Boulevard Big Band (with saxophonist Eric Marienthal and vocalist Kevin Mahogany). Mr. Haar is active in such groups as The Southwest Horns Jazz-Saxophone ensemble, The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, and Group Sax well has his own duo and quartet.


Jeff Jenkins, piano/organ

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Jeff Jenkins (Denver) has appeared with many jazz greats in that amount of time as well, including: Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, Dakota Staton, Frank Morgan, Marlena Shaw, David Fathead Newman, Teddy Edwards, the Count Basie Orchestra, The New York Voices, Bobby Hutcherson, Nelson Rangell, Renee Marie, John Abercrombie, and Richie Cole. He has released four CD’s in the last 15 years. The most recent on Capri Records entitled “Cique”, is an eclectic exciting blend of jazz and funk.

Michael Warren, drums

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Internationally acclaimed drummer Michael Warren (Kansas City) is known for his unmistakable 'Kansas City Swing Feel.' The late jazz drummer Max Roach praised Michael’s prowess and Lincoln Center’s Wynton Marsalis exclaimed, “Yeah man, you in there!” A highly sought after national and international adjudicator and clinician, Michael Warren held the position of Jazz Drum Set Professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City’s Music Conservatory. A first call drummer in Kansas City, nationally and internationally, Michael Warren has written and arranged for many bands and artists including The Jazz Disciples, Voyage, ECLIPSE and Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist winner and recording artist Lisa Henry.

Dear Friends of Meadowlark,
While 2020 presented extraordinary challenges for live music, Meadowlark responded by hosting a series of weekly free online concerts paired with live artist interactions in November and December. The response was overwhelmingly positive and we are encouraged to present a combination of live, virtual, and hybrid events in our 20th Season - warmly welcoming audience members both in-person and online for those who for reasons of health, distance, or other complications cannot join us in a live-music venue.

We are delighted to present two daughters of Lincoln for our 20th Anniversary Gala and look forward to introducing another fun and dynamic season in July! Please check back, more information will be posted as it becomes available.

If you are fortunate enough to be able help support us, we would greatly appreciate it.

Donations can be made directly from our website here.

Thank you for your support!
Hans Sturm, Director

Jackie Allen, Live at the Rococo

Meadowlark's 20th Anniversary Promo


Meadowlark artists and staff would appreciate your support. Kindly consider making a donation in support of Meadowlark during this challenging time.

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Come to a concert and hear something special…

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Beatles and Brahms performed by a cello quartet
Appalachian Folk Music with African percussion

Volunteer, donate, be a part of the Meadowlark Family and help us to continue the legacy of Nebraska's premiere summer chamber series, presenting artists from around the world in your backyard.

"The crowd stood and cheered at concert’s end as the sunset cast warm glows through the stained-glass windows
of St. Paul church. It was a grand conclusion for one of the best Meadowlark festivals in recent years." Lincoln Journal Star