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.