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July 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble (or NAJE) is a group of volunteer musicians dedicated to the promotion of jazz and big band music. They have played at many events in the past such as dances, and fundraisers in many different venues including Lincoln and Omaha. The musicians volunteer their time for rehearsal and performances while donations to NAJE go directly to music scholarships and equipment for the Northeast Community College music program. The band has been in existence since 1980, when the late Dr. Jim Boullion formed the group utilizing area musicians.
NAJE performs a variety of jazz styles including Samba, Bossa, Funk and Big Band Swing. Their repertoire includes such swing classics as In the Mood, Begin the Beguine, and I’ve Got You Under My Skin; as well as more “modern” classics from the 60’s by big bands such as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and Count Basie. The band plays everything from Norwegian Wood to Route 66; Bye Bye Blackbird to The Girl From Ipanema; Artie Shaw to the Tonight Show Band. This ensemble is a full “big band” (of 17) set up and designed to “Swing, Swing, Swing”.
NAJE are playing as part of the Yankton Area Arts Annual Summer Concert Series held each Tuesday night at 8:00 throughout the summer at Riverside Park Amphitheater. All concerts are free due to the support of the City of Yankton and Yankton Parks and Recreation.
Yankton Area Arts is a non-profit organization located at 508 Douglas in Yankton, SD.