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Aaron Stroessner Quartet featuring Emily Bass

Playing at Jambo Cat:

  • Friday, June 22nd
  • Friday, June 29th
  • Friday, July 6th
  • Friday, July 13th
  • Friday, August 17th
  • Friday, August 24th
  • Friday, August 31st


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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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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Bill Wimmer and his Quartet

Lincoln saxophonist, Bill Wimmer, and his quartet, featuring Pianist, Water Niimori, Mike Roe on drums, and Mark Luebbe on bass

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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.

Dave will be joined by Mitch Towne, Jorge Nila, and Dana Murray. They will play Friday and Saturday night at 8:00 and 10:00 each night.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite

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Jazz Harpist, Anita Clark Jaynes, and her Quartet

Playing at Jambo Cat:

  • Wednesday, August 15th
  • Wednesday, August 29th

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:
Ed Love, woodwinds
Steve Gomez, bass
Bryan Morhardt, percussion

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Jazz Saxophonist Matt Wallace's Afro-Cuban quartet, "Cuban Missile Crisis"

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.

Currently, Matt performs in the Omaha area with several bands including Finest Hour, Fusion Force, Cuban Missile Crisis, Gooch’s Big Band, Brian England Groove Prescription, and the Countryside Jazz Band. He also tours with the Hegg Brothers each Christmas as part of the Holiday Jam ensemble. Most recently Matt was nominated for Best Jazz Performer at the 2018 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.

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Jazz Saxophonist, Matt Wallace's Fusion Force

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.

Currently, Matt performs in the Omaha area with several bands including Finest Hour, Fusion Force, Cuban Missile Crisis, Gooch’s Big Band, Brian England Groove Prescription, and the Countryside Jazz Band. He also tours with the Hegg Brothers each Christmas as part of the Holiday Jam ensemble. Most recently Matt was nominated for Best Jazz Performer at the 2018 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.

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Jazz Trombonist, Sean Bell and his Quartet, featuring Pianist, Masa Ishikawa

Playing at Jambo Cat:

  • Wednesday, August 22nd

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.
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.
Accompanying will be Bobby Scharmann on bass, and Marshall Gentry on drums.

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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 Trio

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. Masa Ishikawa (keyboard), Chris Varga (drums), Eric Hitt (bass).

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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 and his Latin Nights Quartet

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 and Kansas City friends

Jazz organist, Mitch Towne, will be joined by Marcus Lewis, and Brian Steever.
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.

Trombonist Marcus Lewis is no stranger to the Midwest. Whether leading a combo or the Marcus Lewis Big Band, his playing and writing are forces to be reckoned with.
Drummer Brian Steever is one of the hottest young drummers in the Kansas City scene. His energetic playing keeps him in high demand among the best players in the KC jazz scene.

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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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New York trumpeter, Pablo Masis quartet

Pablo will be joined by:
Shawn Bell- trombone
Mitch Towne – organ
Mike Roe – drums

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 Quintet

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.

Ethan Ditthardt is a guitarist from Northern Virginia who has an extensive history of playing both classical and jazz guitar. In the world of classical guitar, he has taken lessons from the LA Guitar Quartet, Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, Matthew Palmer, Julian Gray, and Professor Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University as a private student. He has received numerous awards including third place at the Eastern Music Festival Guitar Competition, first place in the Aguado Guitar Competition, and grand prize at the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition for Classical Guitar. Currently, Ethan Ditthardt lives and performs in the Dallas Fort Worth area in addition to attending the University of North Texas as a Jazz Studies Major and a member of the three o’clock lab band.

Alex Souris is a drummer from Denton, Texas. He has studied with Ed Soph and Quincy Davis at the University of North Texas, in addition to playing in the Three O’clock Lab Band under the direction of Tanya Darby. Alex plays regularly in the Dallas area with a number of original groups, and has been fortunate enough to perform with world-class musicians such as Brad Leali, Jeff Clayton, and Carmen Bradford. He just turned twenty this past May, and his favorite food is noodles.


Aaron Dutton is a professional saxophonist, composer, and educator based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Born in Santa Barbara, California, Aaron moved to Texas to study music at the University of North Texas. After graduating with a B.M. in jazz studies from UNT, Aaron went on tour in Australia with the 7-time Grammy-nominated One O’ Clock Lab Band, where headlined the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier, South Australia. Aaron can also be heard as a soloist on the band’s recent recording entitled “Lab 2016”. Lately, Dutton has been performing with his sextet, the Aaron Dutton Group, as well as Denton bands such as The Octopod, Family Tree, and the Anna Jalkéus Group. In the fall of 2018, he will begin a Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Dutton has had the opportunity to perform with notable artists such as Danilo Perez, Michael McDonald, James Morrison, Wycliffe Gordon, Troy Roberts and more.

A native of Manhattan, KS, Bobby Scharmann is a stylistically diverse bassist and educator with experience in a wide range of genres. Bobby currently performs in the bass section of Omaha Symphony, and is assistant principal bass in Lincoln Symphony. He was co-principal bass of the National Repertory Orchestra in 2017, and is a past member of Topeka Symphony.
In addition to his orchestral career, Bobby has performed jazz, rock, and pop throughout the United States, appearing at such venues as The Jazz Kitchen and The Chatterbox in Indianapolis, as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. He received two awards from Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards in 2015 for work with his co-led jazz septet JKS. The septet released their debut album “Moonflower” later that year, and has plans to record again in the future. Bobby was also invited to Ravinia’s Steans Institute Program for Jazz in 2014, where he studied with faculty Dr. David Baker, Rufus Reid, Curtis Fuller and Dr. Nathan Davis.

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Pete Fucinaro Trio

Saxophonist, Pete Fucinaro with Mitch Towne on organ and David Hawkins on drums.

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.

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.

David Hawkins is a young, up and coming musician from Omaha Nebraska.

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Philadelphia Jazz Pianist, Joe Benedict Trio

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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Ron Cooley Trio featuring Suzie Thorne

Ron Cooley is one of the Midwest’s busiest & most popular musicians. In addition to his work with local bands, Ron performs every Christmas season as a member of the nationally acclaimed group Mannheim Steamroller. He has toured throughout the USA and Germany and appeared on various national TV and radio shows.
Ron has recorded solo projects of his own, on the American Gramaphone label and on his own label, Nebraska Sky. He has also received gold and platinum records for his work on Mannheim Steamroller‘s Christmas recordings. Ron has also performed with C.W. McCall at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Cooley’s touring highlights include performing on NBC’s Today Show and Tonight with Jay Leno, ABC’s Good Morning America, the Regis and Kathy Lee Show, and for President Clinton at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington DC with the Mannheim Steamroller.

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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.

Shawn will be accompanied by Mitch Towne on organ and David Hawkins on drums

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Tangerine Beat

The Spanish and Bossa Nova influenced duo “Tangerine Beat” features guitarist Carl Miller and violinist Katelyn Kukoly. The newly formed duo have performed in other incarnations with musicians throughout the Omaha area. In addition to Miller’s and Kukoly’s original compositions, Tangerine Beat’s repertoire includes the music of Astor Piazzolla, Pablo Sarasate, Antônio Carlos Jobim and more.

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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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