New Omaha Jazz Club ‘The Jewell’, installs Bag End
PHOTO COURTESY OF HDR © 2019 DAN SCHWALM
A complete Bag End sound system is helping bring Jazz back to life in Omaha, Nebraska via “The Jewell”. Located at 1030 Capitol Ave, The Capitol District, Omaha, NE.
Posh nightclub, The Jewell, opened its doors in February, 2019. New York record executive Brian McKenna, moved to Omaha to create The Jewell. McKenna wanted to build a club that would honor the history of the Omaha music scene and connect to the here and now.
The Jewell pays homage to local music impresario, Jimmy Jewell Jr., and the Jewell building his father built at 2221 N 24th Street. The Jewell building was home to the Dreamland Ballroom and is just a few blocks from the new club. The best of the best played at Dreamland including Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The Dreamland closed in 1965. (Because of those it hosted over the years, the building itself was designated as a city landmark and listed among the National Register of Historic Places.)
Once-thriving jazz is now the least popular genre in the U.S.
The hope is that The Jewell will bring jazz back to greater prominence.
PHOTO BY SHARON
David Walters, Diversified Design Group’s principal consultant, specified the Bag End sound system. The system consists of two Neptune CDS-115CUS high output loudspeakers, in addition to three TA80-CUS full range speakers, four D12E-DA low profile subwoofers, one Infra MXB system processor and five TA1202-RF Floor Monitors.