Shawn Bell Presents, Jeff goes Electric: Paper Canaries, featuring Jeff Jenkins, Thursday June 15, 2023 7:00pm Show

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7:00pm  Show | 90 minute performance | Doors open at 5:30pm |

Food and Beverages will be served from 5:30pm -9:00pm

Note:  There is a minimal purchase of $10,00 for food and or beverages

A $5.00 credit will be applied to the students bill (towards music, food & beverages), students must show I.D.

Valet at Marriott entrance $20

Note:  There is a $10.00 minimal purchase of Food and/or Beverage(s)

18% Gratuity is automatically added to group seating of 8 people or more at one table.



Shawn Bell – Trombone

Jeff Jenkins- Keyboards

Jeff Johnson – Drums

Bobby Scharmann – Electric Bass


Trombonist Shawn Bell’s playing has been called “soulful” and “captivatingly quirky.” While Jazz has been the driving force behind 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 a musician, composer, and educator.

In 2010, he released his debut album Things Yet Unknown to critical acclaim. The Midwest Record Review noted, “Solid playing and writing, a great tone and a young, untamed spirit all team up to make this a delightfully auspicious debut.” JazzTimes’s website stated, “To find a young trombonist like Shawn with this level of command and virtuosity is amazing.”

Bell’s most recent 2020 release, Trio, featured a departure from traditional Jazz formats and song structures. Instead, Shawn drew on covers by R&B and Rock artists alongside original material that grooves rather than swings. In a review for Jazz Weekly, George Harris stated, “The Team likes to play with dynamics, giving a big one-two punch before digging into a cool groove.” Trio is available on all streaming and download platforms.

In addition to his work as a performer, Shawn also has over ten years of experience as a brass and Jazz instructor. He operates Bell Tone Brass Studio in Omaha, Nebraska and is a sought-after Jazz clinician throughout the region. In addition to his freelance teaching, Shawn has also taught trombone, music theory, and songwriting at Northern Illinois University and Lansing Community College. Bell contributed elements of his approach to leading large Jazz ensembles to the book Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz: Volume 2 (2016). He holds degrees in Jazz Performance from Western Michigan University and Northern Illinois University.

Bell currently holds a position with Omaha Performing Arts as the teaching artist for the nonprofit organization’s Jazz Academy. This program seeks to increase the quality of Jazz education offered in the Omaha region. Since 2018, O-pa’s Jazz Academy has reached over 1,000 students by sponsoring in-school clinics, music educator workshops, and an honor ensemble for middle school Jazz students.

Special Guest


Omaha-based jazz pianist, composer, and educator Jeff Jenkins was recently a professor of music in the Thompson Jazz Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.Grounded in a wide range of jazz styles, he has released seven original CDs in the last 15 years, while appearing as a featured player on dozens more. Throughout his career Jenkins has appeared locally, nationally and internationally in festivals and clubs with his eponymous ensembles, or as a guest artist with jazz greats including Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, The New York Voices, Bobby Hutcherson, and John Abercrombie, among others. A product of the acclaimed jazz program at the University of North Texas, Jenkins continued his piano studies in the New York City studios of Fred Hirsch, Richie Beirach, and Kenny Barron. Based in Manhattan in the 1980s, Jenkins performed in noted jazz venues throughout the city, and appeared as principal pianist forseveral Broadway musicals. A gifted bandleader and in-demand sideman across Colorado, Omaha, and the western region, Jenkins also mixes and produces music professionally in his Mixdown Sound recording studio.

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