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Organ player Michael Andre Lewis was born in Omaha in 1948 and grew up in a musical family. Lewis’s father played saxophone with Count Basie, served as bandleader to Fats Domino and Etta James, and also played locally with Preston Love’s…

Janice Cleary discussed a few of the pieces of sheet music she shared with History Harvest. Mrs. Cleary brought in several pieces with connections to Omaha, NE, but her entire collection contains nearly 50,000 pieces of American popular music. In…

This photograph shows a lively crowd dancing to the music at The Dreamland Ballroom during the late 1940s. The Dreamland Ballroom was a popular music venue located in the heart of North Omaha and hosted many local and nationally-renowned musical…

This “1917 Jazz Band Sensation” is an instrumental song composed by Maceo Pinkard of “Sweet Georgia Brown” fame. Janice Cleary, who owns this amazing collection, informed us that Pinkard was a booking agent in Omaha before he…

This is an original version of the legendary song with music written by Maceo Pinkard, lyrics by Kenneth Casey and popularized by Ben Bernie. Janice Cleary who owns this amazing collection, assures us from her research that Pinkard was a booking…

This photograph shows a lively crowd dancing to the music at The Dreamland Ballroom during the 1940s. The Dreamland Ballroom was a popular music venue located in the heart of North Omaha and hosted many local and nationally-renowned musical…

This is a publicity shot of jazz musician Andy Kirk, who performed at The Dreamland Ballroom with his 12 Clouds of Joy. Andy Kirk and his 12 Clouds of Joy was a musical actsthat played at the Dreamland Ballroom in the late 1930s and early 1940s.The…

This is a signed promotional photograph of Evelyn McGee, a vocalist with The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all female jazz band. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm played at The Dreamland Ballroom often during the 1940s. For…

This is a photograph of Beverly White, who was featured with Andy Kirk and his 12 clouds of joy when they played at The Dreamland Ballroom. For interviews and oral histories of this and other items please visit the History Harvest YouTube Channel.

This is a promotional photo for Charlie Barnett's Big Band, one of the only Caucasian-led bands that played at the Dreamland Ballroom.
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