The Big Bad Bones featuring special guest Andre Hayward, album celebration, Wednesday June 7, 2023 7:30pm Show

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7:30pm Show  | 90 minute performance | Doors open at 6:00pm |

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Beverage and Food service available

*NOTE: All food orders must be placed before 9pm, due to kitchen closing at 9:00pm


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


The Big Bad Bones featuring Andre Hayward boasts four premier trombonists with a solid rhythm section that combines the talents of prominent musicians from Texas, Colorado, Nebraska and Illinois. Performing original compositions from the pen of ensemble member Brett Stamps, the Big Bad Bones perform a variety of styles including funk, swing, samba, light rock, and boogie. The Big Bad Bones released their first CD on Summit Records (DCD 768) in August, 2020.


The Big Bad Bones

Andre Hayward is an extremely gifted trombonist with the sound and clarity reminiscent of the late J.J. Johnson. His gospel-tinged approach is refreshing and will warm the hearts of anyone he comes in contact with. He landed his first engagement with trumpeter Roy Hargrove for a European tour after being heard at a jam session during a festival while playing with the Texas Southern University Jazz Ensemble. After Hargrove, Hayward performed and recorded with singer/bandleader Betty Carter for five years in her acclaimed “Jazz Ahead” program. Other acclaimed performers include Joe Williams, Slide Hampton, John Lewis, Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Gerald Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Heath, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band. His most recent performance credits are The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The San Francisco Jazz Collective, and The Clayton – Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. In 2003, he received first place and a $20,000 scholarship at the International Thelonious Monk Trombone Competition in Washington, DC. Hayward is also an educator who has conducted numerous clinics and workshops in various parts of the US and overseas. Hayward has served as jazz trombone professor at New School of Jazz & Contemporary Music, New York University, New England Conservatory, Michigan State University, University of Texas – Butler School of Music, and University of North Texas.


Brett Stamps is the composer-in-residence for The Big Bad Bones. He is a proud alumnus of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and has performed with Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barry Manilow, The Temptations, and a host of other jazz and pop artists. Stamps can be heard on three different Kenton recordings and three of his own recordings with Victoria Music. Brett is a Professor Emeritus from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he served as Director of Jazz Studies for 33 years. He currently tours and records with Cornet Chop Suey, a St. Louis traditional jazz-based performing group known for its eccentricity.

Bass trombonist Steve Wilson hails from El Paso, Texas where he serves as Music Department Chair at the University of Texas-El Paso and maintains a busy career as an educator and performer in all styles of music. For 10 years Wilson toured the world as a member of the Continental Trombone Quartet with performances in Brazil, Spain, China, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States. He has recorded on the Chase record label with the Jim Widner Big Band and on Albany Records with the Continental Trombone Quartet.

Chris Leach is a dual threat, excelling at both trombone and jazz piano. Chris has performed with pop icons such as Wayne Newton and Johnny Mathis as well as Ernie Watts, Scott Whitfield, Jackie Allen, and others. He is in-demand as a pianist, trombonist, clinician, adjudicator, and educator and performs frequently in the Lincoln-Omaha area and throughout the Midwest. Chris is the Director of Education for North Omaha Music and Arts (NOMA) and teaches jazz piano and commercial music theory at UNO. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville where he studied trombone with Stan Kenton band alumni Brett Stamps and his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University under the tutelage of former Maynard Ferguson musical director and trombonist Tom Garling.

Pete Madsen has been the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha since 2000. He performs regularly with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra and Omaha Big Band. Madsen has recorded two CD’s on the Chase record label with the Jim Widner Big Band and can be heard on Conor Oberst’s award-winning Upside Down Mountain CD on Nonesuch records. He can also be heard on Albany Records with the Continental Trombone Quartet and on Mark Custom Records as a guest soloist with the University of Texas-El Paso Wind Symphony. Madsen has shared the stage with Franki Valli, Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, and Paul Schaefer to name only a few. He has performed in Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Brazil, Spain, China, Japan, South Korea, and throughout North America.


The Big Bad Rhythm Section

The Big Bad Rhythm Section

Pianist Jeff Jenkins has released four CDs in the last 15 years. The most recent on Capri Records entitled “Cique”, is an eclectic exciting blend of jazz and funk. He has appeared with many jazz greats in that amount of time as well, including: Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, Dakota Staton, Frank Morgan, Marlena Shaw, David Fathead Newman, Teddy Edwards, the Count Basie Orchestra, The New York Voices, Bobby Hutcherson, Nelson Rangell, Renee Marie, John Abercrombie and Richie Cole. He attended the University of North Texas, where he led his own groups. After college he moved to New York where he studied with the likes of Richie Beirach, Kenny Barron and Fred Hersch, while working on Broadway, and in the clubs.


A native of Manhattan, Kansas, 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. 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.

Doug Montera spent twenty-two years as an Air Force drummer performing across the United States and in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. During this time he performed at the Guinness Jazz Festival, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, the Caspian Sea Jazz Festival, numerous European jazz ensemble tours, the Royal Albert Hall, and for U.S. troops serving around the world. After retiring from the Air Force, Montera worked a short stint with The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and now resides in Omaha performing with vocalist Susie Thorne, the Ozone Big Band, and many other local and regional acts.







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