Enjoy great jazz in the great outdoors every Tuesday in June at 7 p.m. on the plaza west of Sheldon Museum of Art at 12th & R Streets on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus.


Every Tuesday in June

June 4

Kendra Shank Quartet

Kendra Shank Quartet

The Kendra Shank Quartet opens the 2013 season of Jazz in June on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Shank and her group, pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Tony Moreno, combine jazz originals, standards, world music, and folk songs while focusing on improvisational group interplay.

Hailed by “Downbeat” magazine as a top female vocalist, Shank has been featured on National Public Radio's “JazzSet” and “Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland.” She has appeared at concerts and festivals in cities throughout the U.S., including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Washington, D.C., and internationally at Jazz in Marciac Festival and Jazz à Vienne Festival in France, and Edmonton Jazz Festival and Calgary Jazz Festival in Canada.

Shank began her career in the spotlight as an actor at age 5. At 13, she picked up the guitar and by 19 she was playing in Parisian subways and sidewalk cafés. After studying with jazz vocalist Jay Clayton, Shank’s career blossomed. Her debut CD “Afterglow” was released in 1994 followed by “Wish,” “Reflections,” and “A Spirit Free.” Her latest release, “Mosaic,” has been called “a breathtakingly original concept,” by the Boston Globe and “delightfully uninhibited,” by All Music Guide.

For more information about Kendra Shank and her group, visit

June 11

Valerie Capers Ensemble featuring Victor Lewis

Valerie Capers Ensemble

Dr. Valerie Capers, a renowned jazz vocalist and pianist, headlines the second week of Jazz in June with drummer Doug Richardson, bassist John Henry Robinson, and saxophonist Jerry Weldon.

Capers has appeared at colleges, universities, jazz festivals, clubs, and concert halls throughout the world. Her trio’s performances at the International Grande Parade du Jazz Festival in Nice, France, the Martin Luther King Festival in Ottawa, Ontario, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands received rave reviews. She has also participated in the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Mellon Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, Pa., and New York's Kool, JVC and Downtown jazz festivals.

For more information about Valerie Capers, visit

June 18

Angela Hagenbach

Angela Hagenbach

Angela Hagenbach will bring her acclaimed musical interpretation and sultry voice to the Sheldon sculpture garden on June 18 for the third week of Jazz in June.

Hagenbach’s voice moves easily between musical genres and excels in her interpretations of jazz standards and Latin jazz. She’s toured Switzerland with Clark Terry and worked and recorded with Jimmy Heath, Russell Malone, Frank Foster’s Big Band, Tamir Hendelman and others. She has graced the stages of numerous festivals, concert halls and performance venues around the world and was twice chosen by the State Department to represent the United States as a cultural jazz ambassador during the Clinton administration. Both world tours kicked off at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and progressed through seventeen countries.

Widely known as a masterful interpreter of other composer’s works, Hagenbach is also an accomplished songwriter in her own right. Two of her compositions are featured in the film “Last Will” for which she was also cast as a wedding singer. She works as a print model and voice artist, performing commercials and jingles for radio and television, in addition to regular club date appearances.

Hagenbach’s band consists of Danny Embrey, Roger Wilder, Zack Beeson, Gary Helm, and Doug Auwarter.

For more information about Angela Hagenbach, visit

June 25

Jackie Allen

Jackie Allen

Jackie Allen will close out the 2013 season of Jazz in June on Tuesday, June 25. Allen, a critically acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, and educator, has been described as “utterly distinctive and even innovative” by Billboard Magazine.

Allen has toured the world, including trips through Brazil, Germany, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and China, where she was the only jazz artist to headline at the Beijing Music Festival. Stateside, she’s made appearances in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and more.

Allen is joined by Hans Sturm on the bass, Tom Larson on piano, Dane Richeson on percussion, and John Moulder on guitar. Her latest release, “Sleepin’ Bee,” was released this spring.

For more information about Jackie Allen, visit

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