Shawn Bell presents: The Music of Moonchild, featuring special guests, Elaine Stoner & Chad Stoner, Thursday October 20, 2022 7pm Show

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Shawn Bell presents

The Music of Moonchild

featuring special guests

Elaine Stoner & Chad Stoner

7:00pm- 8:30pm Show | 90 minute performance | Doors open at 5:30pm |

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

TICKETS: $10.00


Valet at Marriott entrance $20

 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

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


SHAWN BELL – Trombone/arrangements



MITCH TOWNE – Piano/Keys






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.


Invariably referred to as “the voice of an angel”, Elaine’s signature is lush, elegant interpretation of classic standards and contemporary popular songs. Omaha’s own Elaine Stoner has captured and melted audiences with her distinctly gorgeous voice for decades. She is a go-to voice for performance and recording here in Omaha and abroad. A professional musician and educator, Elaine inspires and influences well beyond the stage.


Saxophonist Chad Stoner has been lifting and inspiring audiences for three decades. Chad’s musical “voice” is a soulful, powerful, and beautifully vocal expression of his gospel, R&B, jazz, and world influences.

An Omaha native, and a familiar presence at venues and events throughout the region, Chad has been a repeat performer at Jazz On The Green, The Omaha Riverfront Jazz & Blues Festival, The Omaha Blues, Jazz, and Gospel Festival, the Breckenridge Jazz Festival, and The LOVAM Festival.

Chad’s debut recording ‘i know it’s You’ was enthusiastically received and continues to reach new audiences. Additionally, dozens of recording projects include Chad’s unmistakable voice as a soloist or featured artist.


Mitch Towne is a keyboardist and touring musician, and is widely considered the go-to Hammond 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/R&B artist and Grammy winning producer Terrace Martin, jazz heavyweights Ryan Kisor, Dave Stryker, Joel Frahm and Matt Wilson, blues artists Eric Gales and Ben Poole, and multi-platinum artist Aloe Blacc. In 2015, Towne played organ on the track Push for the album Velvet Portraits by Terrace Martin, which was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Best R&B album.


A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina and a recent transplant to the Omaha area, Jeffery Johnson is a soulful, swinging presence on the scene. Steeped in the tradition of gospel music as a child, Johnson eventually attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to pursue a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Jazz Studies. During his undergraduate program, Jeffery played R&B, Gospel, and Jazz throughout North Carolina, and embarked on another musical journey to obtain his M.M. in Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University under the direction of Dr. Ira Wiggins, where he was fortunate to learn from Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo.

Jacob Sorensen


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