Featured Musicians

Playing soon at Jambo Cat | Live Music Schedule

Craft cocktails on the table at Jambo Cat

Aaron Stroessner Quartet featuring Emily Bass


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

Musician site • Live music schedule

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.

Musician site • Live music schedule

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.

Musician site • Live music schedule

Hannah Marks' Heartland Trio

Founded by bassist Hannah Marks in 2017, Heartland Trio consists of Hannah Marks on double bass and vocals, Barclay Moffitt on tenor saxophone, and Rocky Martin on drums. The band draws from Marks’ musical upbringing in folk and spirituals, while grounded in the group’s improvisational and groove background of jazz and rock. Along with their original compositions, Heartland Trio also uses jazz standards, rock songs, and traditional folk tunes as vehicles for expression. The trio’s sound reflects their desire to create with a gritty and spontaneous garage band mentality while exploring beyond the boundaries of the traditional roles of their instruments in a jazz setting.

Musician site • Live music schedule

Jazz Harpist, Anita Clark Jaynes and her quartet featuring Ed Love on woodwinds

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.”

 

 

Musician site • Live music schedule

Jazz Trombonist, Shawn Bell, and his Quartet

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-organ, David Hawkins-drums, and Jesse McBee- trumpet

Musician site • Live music schedule

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!

Musician site • Live music schedule

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.

 

Musician site • Live music schedule

Matt Wallace and Latin Nights

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.

Musician site • Live music schedule

Maynard Ferguson Orchestra Alum, 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.

Musician site • Live music schedule

Mitch Towne Jazz Organ Trio - open jam session

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

Musician site • Live music schedule

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.

Musician site • Live music schedule

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.

 

Musician site • Live music schedule

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.

Musician site • Live music schedule

Pianist, Masa Ishikawa, and his 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.

Musician site • Live music schedule

The Matt Amandus Trio

Playing at Jambo Cat:

  • Saturday, April 20th

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

Musician site • Live music schedule