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Aaron Stroessner Quartet featuring Emily Bass

Playing at Jambo Cat:

  • Wednesday, December 19th


Aaron Stroessner on guitar, Kevin Lloyd on organ, Mitchell Benson on bass, and Marshall Gentry on drums featuring vocalist, Emily Bass.

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Baritone Saxophonist Frank Basile and his Quartet (Bassist David Wong, Pianist Jeb Patton, and Drummer George Fludas)

Since moving to New York in 2001, Frank Basile has been fortunate to establish himself as one of today’s most in-demand baritone saxophonists.

Dubbed a “prized sideman” by The New Yorker, Basile has been called upon to perform with, record with, and tour the world with many of jazz’s finest musicians and ensembles.

Born in Illinois in 1978 and raised in Nebraska, Frank Basile began his musical studies in grade school. After four years on clarinet and alto saxophone, he made a permanent switch to the baritone saxophone. Once in high school, Basile’s interest in jazz began to grow and, with the help and encouragement of his parents, he sought out further instruction on the ins and outs of this great music. Basile was soon playing in numerous big bands and combos throughout the Omaha area.

Basile enrolled at the University of North Texas to continue his musical studies. While at UNT, Basile played in the world-renowned One O’clock Lab Band for six consecutive semesters. After graduating with honors and a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from UNT, Basile moved to New York in the summer of 2001 as a selected member of the first Jazz Studies program at the Juilliard School.

As an educator, Basile has maintained a private studio for the past decade and has served as an adjunct faculty member at The New School. He has also been called upon to teach lessons or masterclasses at such institutions as New York University, the Eastman School of Music, Temple University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, SUNY Purchase, the University of Nebraska, and the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Orchestra.

In addition to his activities as a sideman and educator, Basile also takes an active role as leader of his own quartet, quintet and sextet. To date, Basile has released three recordings as a leader, and his band has headlined at many of New York’s major jazz clubs.

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Bill Bares

Omaha native Bill Bares is jazz pianist/scholar who received his Ph.D in ethnomusicology in 2009 from Harvard University under the mentorship of Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. He spent much of the past decade researching European jazz and playing professionally on the European scene. His book, Jazz and the European Dream, is forthcoming. He taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory before taking a job as professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, in 2011.

Bares is active in Asheville’s thriving musical community as an educator, musician and promoter. He was the solo pianist in the Blue Ridge Orchestra’s debut of Rhapsody in Blue, and served as curator of the Sunday Jazz Showcase at Asheville’s famed Isis Music Hall. He was also coordinator of Ecomusicologies 2014: Dialogues—an international meeting of environmentally-focused scholars and musicians that took place in Asheville in October of 2014.

Bares leads or co-leads several groups in Asheville, including hard-bop/modern jazz quintet The Core, the multimedia group Asheville Art Trio, and a repertoire-based piano trio, Billy the Kid and the Outlaws. The albums The Core, and You Held the Light, I Found the Sign, are his most recent releases. As a promoter and bandleader in Asheville, Bares has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in jazz: Shiela Jordan, Jason Marsalis, Victor and Roy Wooten, Bob Sheppard, Tim Green, Greg Tardy, Christian Howes, Freddie Bryant, Jamey Aebersold, Jay Clayton, and many others.

Bares got his start playing jazz piano in Omaha, with Jorge Nila and the Jazz Ninjas, and at Chuck Kilgore’s legendary jazz venue, The Shelterbelt. Through these associations, Bares has played with some of Omaha’s finest, including Dave Stryker, Dana Murray, Calvin Keys, Preston Love, Zack Hexum, Frank Basile, and many others.

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Dave Stryker

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 26 CD’s as a leader to
date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine,
Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most
distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”
Dave’s new CD “Messin’ with Mister T”, is a celebration of the man he worked with for over a
decade — Stanley Turrentine, “Mister T” — with ten of the greatest tenor sax players on the
scene today. It went to #1 on JazzWeek Radio and stayed in the Top 50 for 20 weeks and has
received great reviews including 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat magazine. Dave’s last CD “Eight
Track” was #9 for 2014 on the Jazz Week Radio Charts where it stayed for 20 weeks topping off
at #3 for 3 weeks. Downbeat magazine picked it as one of the Top CD’s of 2014, ran a feature
article in the June 2014 issue on Dave, and voted him into the 2014 Downbeat Critics and
Readers Poll for the 7th time.
“I have followed Dave Stryker’s playing since his early days in Omaha through his long stay with
Stanley Turrentine and his longstanding relationship with the great alto player Steve Slagle
(another undersung heavy out there) and he just gets better and better with one of the most
joyous feels around.” — Pat Metheny
Dave Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York City in 1980. After
establishing himself in the local music scene, he joined organist Jack McDuff’s group for two
years 1984-85. When McDuff wasn’t on the road (literally traveling by van all over the country)
they worked a steady four-night a week gig at Dude’s Lounge in Harlem. His first break, this
turned out to be an invaluable experience, paying his dues night after night with the soulful jazz
organist. It was at Dude’s Lounge that Stryker met tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, who
would occasionally sit in. After leaving McDuff, Turrentine asked Stryker to join his quintet. From
1986-1995 he played with the legendary saxophonist at all the major festivals, concert halls, and
clubs throughout the world. He is featured on two Turrentine CD’s (Stanley recorded Stryker’s
tune “Sidesteppin”). With Turrentine, Stryker was able to play with such jazz greats as Dizzy
Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. The ten years playing alongside the tenor legend helped Stryker
realize the importance of having his own sound. Dave continued to work with Stanley and was
with him during his final week at the Blue Note in NYC, when he passed in Sept. 2000.
Early on Stryker realized that as much as he loved playing standards and the jazz repertoire he
had to have something of his own to give to the music. He feels that his writing combined with
his playing is what shapes his musical expression. He has recorded and published over 150 of
his own compositions and has released The Dave Stryker Songbook with most of his original
music.

 

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Jazz Harpist, Anita Clark Jaynes featuring Christina Allred on cello

Anita Clark Jaynes started playing the harp at the age of 11 in the Omaha Public Schools. She went on to earn bachelor’s degrees in harp performance and jazz studies from Indiana University where she studied with the renowned jazz educator David Baker. She subsequently earned a master’s degree from New York University with a concentration in urban ethnomusicology. She has published several articles in “Down Beat” magazine and the “Jazz Educators’ Journal.”
Anita was a founding member with Luigi Waites of the group that started Sunday night jazz at Mister Toad in the Old Market 40 years ago. She has played with the Omaha and Lincoln symphony orchestras, Opera Omaha, the Lincoln Midwest Ballet, Orchestra Omaha, the MasterSingers, Mannheim Steamroller, and innumerable musical theater productions. She plays therapeutic harp music at the Josie Harper Hospice House. She enjoys playing many different musical genres and recently contributed to Dana Murray’s acclaimed recording “Negro Manifesto.”

Anita will be joined by:
Christina Allred, cello
Mark Jaunty, bass
Bryan Morhardt, percussion

 

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Jazz Harpist, Anita Clark Jaynes featuring Mark Benson, woodwinds

Playing at Jambo Cat:

  • Friday, December 21st
  • Friday, December 28th

Anita Clark Jaynes started playing the harp at the age of 11 in the Omaha Public Schools. She went on to earn bachelor’s degrees in harp performance and jazz studies from Indiana University where she studied with the renowned jazz educator David Baker. She subsequently earned a master’s degree from New York University with a concentration in urban ethnomusicology. She has published several articles in “Down Beat” magazine and the “Jazz Educators’ Journal.”
Anita was a founding member with Luigi Waites of the group that started Sunday night jazz at Mister Toad in the Old Market 40 years ago. She has played with the Omaha and Lincoln symphony orchestras, Opera Omaha, the Lincoln Midwest Ballet, Orchestra Omaha, the MasterSingers, Mannheim Steamroller, and innumerable musical theater productions. She plays therapeutic harp music at the Josie Harper Hospice House. She enjoys playing many different musical genres and recently contributed to Dana Murray’s acclaimed recording “Negro Manifesto.”

Anita will be joined by:
Mark Benson, woodwinds
Mark Jaunty, bass
Bryan Morhardt, percussion

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Jazz Trombonist, Shawn Bell

A true craftsman hones freedom and creativity from the staid traditions of everyday life. Trombonist Shawn Bell exemplifies this creed. His omnivorous playing and writing have been called “soulful” and “captivatingly quirky.” While Jazz has been the driving force of Bell’s training and education, he has earned a reputation as a dynamic journeyman always ready to “play the gig” at hand. This commitment to making music not bound by the doctrine of a single style or genre has given Bell a unique voice as musician, composer, and educator.

 

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Juke Butter-Modern Soul Organ Trio featuring Mitch Towne, Chad Stoner and Drew Brookins

Juke Butter is neo-vintage, heavy groovin’ soul jazz at its finest. Mitch Towne (organ), Drew Brookins (drums), and Chad Stoner (saxophone) deliver the soulful intensity of a classic organ trio with a fresh funk attitude. Juke Butter is where past, present, and future meet to party! Get lifted! Butter makes it better!

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Masa Ishikawa

Masa Ishikawa Trio is a jazz group based out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Originally from Fukushima, Japan, Masa Ishikawa is a pianist and composer. As a performer, he has been fortunate to perform at several jazz festivals and concerts in Italy, China and the United States. Currently, Ishikawa is working with his piano trio on educational outreach to several Lincoln public schools. As a composer, his compositions have been performed internationally. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Matt Chalk Quartet

Since his arrival in New York in 2010, saxophonist Matt Chalk has carved a singular identity for himself as a relentless pursuer of atemporal beauty. A prodigious composer in his own right, Chalk’s music at once weaves daring suspense and unexpected restraint, thrusting jazz sensibility into a newfound paradise of lyrical abstraction. The through-composed pieces are teeming with orchestral sensibility and upon their performance, dynamic group improvisation allows the band to renegotiate the written material in real time. The end result is one of pure discovery.

Fueled by his interest in classical music, contemporary painting, and 20th century literature, his work glimpses a finely distilled version of an abstract reality that celebrates humility, individuality, and beauty in unsearched-for places. Chalk has found an honest new voice that rings out with revelatory clarity on today’s jazz, chamber, and contemporary music scenes.

Marko Črnčec (Churnchetz) – Piano
Marko Churnchetz is one of Slovenia’s most heralded contemporary musicians and renowned exports, based in New York City. On the international scene he is known as a formidable young multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer. He has released four albums as a leader. His third highly critically acclaimed album Devotion (Whirlwind Recordings, 2014) was selected among 20 best jazz records of 2014 by jazz publication “All About Jazz”. Churnchetz has performed or recorded with the many notable musicians Seamus Blake, Rez Abbasi, Bob Mintzer, Joe Locke, Alex Sipiagin, John Ellis, Gregory Hutchinson, Joe Sanders and Ron McClure among others. He has appeared on major festivals and clubs around the world including Havana International Jazz Festival, Blue Note Jazz Club NYC, Jazz Standard NYC, Vienna Konzerthaus, Jazz Festival Sarajevo, Jazz Festival Belgrade, Salsa Festival Barcelona and Gramercy Theater NYC just to mention a few.

Myles Sloniker – Bass
Myles Sloniker is an American bassist and composer. Born to a musical family in Colorado, Sloniker is currently based in New York City and has performed and recorded with an eclectic list of musical luminaries including Ron Miles, Seamus Blake, Jeff Coffin, and David Amram.

Francesco Ciniglio – Drums
Born in Naples (Italy) in 1989, Francesco Ciniglio started playing the drums at age 6. After migrating to New York for college, he was under the tutelage of Gregory Hutchinson and John Patitucci, and got to share the stage with Aaron Parks, Joe Sanders, Shai Maestro, Dayna Stephens, Joel Frahm, Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley, Sheila Jordan, John Ellis, Mark Sherman, Vincent Gardner, Alan Hampton, Harish Raghavan to mention some.
Now he is a full scholarship recipient as the drummer for the Artist Diploma band at the Julliard School and performs regularly all over the world.

 

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Matt Wallace

Matt Wallace grew up in Omaha, NE where he began playing saxophone at the age of 10. He had his first professional gig at 13 with The Resurrected Swing. He attended Westside High School where he was a member of their award-winning jazz band. He was the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award winner his senior year. Matt was a 16-year-old deacon at Countryside Church and published by age 19. From Westside he went on to the University of NE Lincoln where he served on the Board of Regents at 21 and as the Student Body President. He graduated with a degree in Political Science.

In May 1987, he was playing with his band Fusion Force at Howard Street Tavern where he opened two shows for Jazz Hall of Fame trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. After hearing Matt play, Ferguson offered him a spot in the band. With Maynard, Matt traveled to 70 countries, made 10 records and appeared on television and radio programs between 1987 and 2002. Matt has performed with Delbert McClinton, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, 10,000 Maniacs, Greg Allman, Paul Shaffer, Joe Piscopo,and for the late King of Thailand, His Majesty, Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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Mitch Towne Jazz Organ Trio - open jam session

Playing at Jambo Cat: Every Tuesday

Mitch Towne is a Grammy-nominated keyboardist and touring musician, and is the “go-to” organist in the Midwest. His ability to move seamlessly between diverse styles has made him a sought-after side-man with artists as varied as jazz and soul artist and Grammy-winning producer Terrace Martin, pop superstar Aloe Blacc, jazz heavyweights Ryan Kisor, Dave Stryker, Adam Larson, and Marcus Lewis, blues artists Eric Gales and Ben Poole, and Tower of Power drummer Ron E. Beck. In 2015, Towne played organ on the track “Push” for the album “Velvet Portraits” by Terrace Martin, which was nominated for a Grammy for “Best R&B” album in 2016

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Mitch Towne Trio featuring Tenor Saxophonist, Adam Larson

Mitch Towne is a Grammy-nominated keyboardist and touring musician, and is the “go-to” organist in the Midwest. His ability to move seamlessly between diverse styles has made him a sought-after side-man with artists as varied as jazz and soul artist and Grammy-winning producer Terrace Martin, pop superstar Aloe Blacc, jazz heavyweights Ryan Kisor, Dave Stryker, Adam Larson, and Marcus Lewis, blues artists Eric Gales and Ben Poole, and Tower of Power drummer Ron E. Beck. In 2015, Towne played organ on the track “Push” for the album “Velvet Portraits” by Terrace Martin, which was nominated for a Grammy for “Best R&B” album in 2016

Originally from Normal, IL, Adam Larson is an American saxophonist, composer and author. An endorsed artist for P. Mauriat saxophones and Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures, Adam began playing saxophone at the age of 11. 

Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen as “a saxophonist who brings Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner to mind”, and by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “the sort of jazz musician who gets flagged early on as a promising talent and then hustles to meet every requirement for success”, Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising artists of his generation. As a student, Larson was a member of virtually every national program dedicated to showcasing excellence in young jazz talent including The Grammy Band, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, YoungArts Jazz Fellows, Telluride Student All-Stars, Jazz Band of America among others. Upon graduating high school in 2008, Adam moved to New York City to pursue his BM and MM in Jazz Performance on full-scholarship from The Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated with honors as a Master’s student as the recipient of the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding performance in Jazz in 2014.  

Larson has released four albums; two under the Inner Circle Music label and two produced independently. Larson’s most recent recording “Second City” received a four-star rating from Downbeat magazine, was listed as one of the best releases of 2017 in both Downbeat and Jazziz Magazine, and was prominently featured in several publications. Larson keeps an active schedule with his own groups and as a sideman, having performed at several venues across the U.S. including The Jazz Standard, Birdland, The 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery, The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Smalls, Jazz at The Bistro, The Jazz Estate, The Jazz Showcase, and several others.

Adam has been a part of several tours that have allowed him to see more of the world than he once thought possible. He was a guest artist at the 2017 Sopot Jazz Festival in Sopot, Poland and has toured India,Taiwan, Holland, and Germany as well much of the United States. In 2015 Larson’s quartet was selected as one of ten ensembles to tour on behalf of the U.S. State Department’s “American Music Abroad” program and toured Africa for 35 days visiting The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin and Ghana.

Beyond maintaining an active touring and recording schedule, Larson continues to be a sought after clinician and master class presenter at several high schools and Universities across the Midwest and beyond, including appearances at HKU Conservatory-Utrecht, University of Iowa, Drake University, University of Northern Iowa, Temple University, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, and University of North Texas among many others. 

Adam is the author of a jazz etude book entitled “Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes for Jazz Saxophone”, that has been sold in over 30 countries and States. He maintains an impressive portfolio of commissioned ensemble writing for school jazz ensembles, having written more than thirty original works to date. Adam was commissioned by the Illinois Music Educators Association to compose the All-State composition for the 2020 convention. Larson is a Teaching Artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Let Freedom Swing” program, The New York Pops Ed education programs, and has a diverse private lesson studio of Skype students from the U.S. and abroad. 

With a vested interest in giving back, Larson has worked in various capacities with organizations that showcase exceptional young talent in the United States. Adam has served as a mentor for the Grammy Foundation and as an adjudicator for the YoungArts organization. Serving in the role of creative director of the YoungArts New York regional show, Larson has presented multiple genre-bending, interdisciplinary performances held at the Baryshhnikov Arts Center in New York City. Larson currently resides in New York with his beautiful wife, Tierney and son, Jack.

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Mitch Towne Trio featuring Tenor Saxophonist, Woody Witt

Playing at Jambo Cat:

  • Wednesday, December 26th

Mitch Towne is a Grammy-nominated keyboardist and touring musician, and is the “go-to” organist in the Midwest.His ability to move seamlessly between diverse styles has made him a sought-after sideman with artists as varied as jazz and soul artist and Grammy-winning producer Terrace Martin, pop superstar Aloe Blacc, jazz heavyweights Ryan Kisor, Dave Stryker, Adam Larson, and Marcus Lewis, blues artists Eric Gales and Ben Poole, and Tower of Power drummer Ron E. Beck.

Woody Witt has been an increasingly significant musical force during the past decade as a tenor-saxophonist, a composer and as an educator. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Woody started on the clarinet in fourth grade, switching his focus to saxophone the following year. A professional musician from the age of 16, he studied at the University of Houston, earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, and a doctorate from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. He has taught at Houston Community College since 2000, is an Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston, and has conducted a countless number of workshops and master classes throughout the United States, France, Romania, Germany and Asia. As a saxophonist, Woody Witt has recorded over 25 CDs as a sideman and led ten CDs of his own (Woody Witt, Square Peg Round Hole, Live at Cezanne’s, A Conversation, Willows, Seasons Ago, First Impression, Pots and Kettles, Absinthe: The Music of Billy Strayhorn and Presence). He has collaborated with such major jazz artists as trumpeters Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans and Jim Rotondi, saxophonists James Moody, David Liebman and Tim Armacost, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianists Larry Ham, Joe LoCascio and Mark Levine, drummers Louis Hayes, Adam Nussbaum, Billy Hart, and singer Nancy King, has worked with the Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet, and has been featured on major third-stream works that blend together jazz and classical music. The winner of the 2010 Chamber Music America French American Cultural Exchange grant and the 2014 International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Taiwan, Woody is the booker and the artistic director at Houston’s top jazz club, Cezanne. Currently involved in several different group projects, Woody Witt is a consistently creative musician who is at the peak of his powers.

 

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Mainstream Jazz Trio

New Year's Party with the Mainstream Jazz Quintet

Playing at Jambo Cat:

  • Monday, December 31st

Join us to ring in the New Year with the Mainstream Jazz Quintet.  An evening of live jazz, plus Marks Mac and Cheese, popcorn, and some sweets are all included in the $15 cover charge.

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New Year's Party with the Mainstream Jazz Quintet

Playing at Jambo Cat:

  • Monday, December 31st

Ring in the New Year at Jambo Cat!  $15 cover includes music, Marks Mac and Cheese, Chef’s popcorn, and sweets.  Doors open at 7pm.Mainstream Jazz Trio

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New York trumpeter, Pablo Masis

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Pablo spent his childhood years in northern Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation before moving to Billings, Montana.  After graduating from High School, he studied classical trumpet with Robert Levy and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University.  After pursuing a year of Graduate study in classical trumpet under Dennis Najoom at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he moved to New Orleans, where he studied with Terence Blanchard, Clyde Kerr Jr. and Ed Petersen, and received a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans.

He has appeared across the United States and Europe including New York, Seattle, Portland, Omaha, New Orleans, Washington DC, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Poland. He has also performed with acts such as Michael Buble, Josh Groban, and Gladys Knight. He attended the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency at the Kennedy Center in 2007 and also participated in the Banff Centre’s Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2009, led by Dave Douglas.

Since moving to New York City he has become an active freelancer and educator, and has performed at local venues including Joe’s Pub, The Blue Note, Arlene’s Grocery, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Waldorf Astoria, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Irving Plaza, Shapeshifter Lab, and The Cornelia Street Cafe, among others. In addition to his own group showcasing Pablo’s original music around New York City, he has performed with a variety of New York based ensembles including Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra, Bobby Sanabria’s Multiverse Big Band, The David White Jazz Orchestra, and the Bone Chimes.

Pablo’s 2012 release, “Intrinsic”, features several of New York’s finest players, including Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on Tenor Sax, Alex Brown on Piano, Linda Oh on Bass, and Jared Schonig on Drums.  His previous recording, “Half Past” (2009), was described as “a refreshing example of innovative jazz in our times.”

“Rubicon”, released June 30th, 2014 is a Kickstarter-funded project including five original compositions written for Trumpet/Bass/Drums.  Recorded in August 2013 at Peter Karl studios in Brooklyn, it features Aidan Carroll on Bass and Jared Schonig on Drums.

In February 2015 Pablo traveled to Kabul Afghanistan where he was a guest artist with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music for their Winter Academy.  While there he gave individual and group lessons to the school’s brass students, taught a series of introductory jazz classes, performed in recitals, and assisted with outreach for Afghanistan’s only music school.

Pablo currently lives in Brooklyn, where he maintains a studio of private students along with a teaching position with the Brooklyn Conservatory’s Music Partners Program.

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Pete Fucinaro

Pete Fucinaro is a saxophonist from Omaha, Nebraska. He currently attends the University of North Texas where he studies jazz performance. Currently, he performs in the Two O’Clock Lab Band for the University of North Texas, and has his own project where he performs all original music called “Pete and Bill Save the World.” He performs regularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as the Omaha/Lincoln area.

 

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Philadelphia Jazz Pianist, Joe Benedict

There is more to music than the notes on a page.  Joe Benedict captures the enchantment of many styles of music from romance to jazz, from classical to the classics.  His talents on piano, trumpet, and other instruments provides entertaining variety in jazz performances.  His diversity in styles makes his solo piano performances memorable.  He carries an air of professionalism into every performance, yet can portray a sense of humor that draws everyone together.

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The Matt Amandus Jazz Trio

Playing at Jambo Cat: Every Saturday

Pianist Matt Amandus plays every Saturday. He is regularly accompanied by Omaha musicians Joe Voda, Mark Luebbe, Marshall Gentry, Greg Ahl, and others.

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The Pete Fucinaro Quartet, featuring Kansas City Drummer, Brian Steever, and Saxophonist, Andrew Janak

Playing at Jambo Cat:

  • Thursday, December 27th

Pete Fucinaro is a saxophonist from Omaha, Nebraska. He currently attends the University of North Texas where he studies jazz performance. Currently, he performs in the Two O’Clock Lab Band for the University of North Texas, and has his own project where he performs all original music called “Pete and Bill Save the World.” He performs regularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as the Omaha/Lincoln area.

Brian Steever is a drummer on a mission to inject joy into every musical situation that he finds himself.  The drums have been his passion since he was born. He began his studies with Loyd Warden in Columbia Missouri and is an alumnus of UMKC where he was fortunate enough to study with Doug Auwarter, Brandon Draper, Curtis Lundy, Michael Carvin and Bobby Watson.  Brian enjoys many performance opportunities in the Kansas City area and beyond.  He can be seen around town with Mike Metheny, Matt Otto, Bob Bowman, Jeff Harshbarger, and Hermon Mehari.  Brian has also had opportunity to play with musicians from all over the world including Steve Cardenas, Ben Allison, Javon Jackson, Deborah Brown, Bob Sheppard, Jerry Dodgion, Tony Tixier, Shunzo Ohno, Frank Basile, Roger Rosenberg, and Sam Newsome among others.

Dr. Andrew Janak is an active saxophonist/composer/arranger/educator currently based out of Lincoln, NE after previously spending several years in Chicago, IL. Andrew has shared the stage with jazz greats Donny McCaslin, Randy Brecker, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Gary Foster, Stefon Harris, Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer, Jeff Hamilton, Phil Woods, Jimmy Heath and Scott Wendholt. He has also worked with various jazz/commercial groups around the Midwest such as the Omaha Big Band, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Mike Gurciullo and His Las Vegas Lab Band, Bob Lark’s Alumni Band Band, Tom Matta Big Band and Andrew Janak and Wind Armada, a progressive jazz group specializing in original music. He also has performed/recorded with national acts such as the Temptations, Aloe Blacc, Johnny Mathis, Michael Feinstein and Justin Townes Earle. As a classical saxophonist Andrew studied with renowned performer/pedagogue Dr. Paul Haar and performed with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble, Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Lincoln Municipal Band, and various chamber groups.

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