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Kendra Shank Quartet News + IAJE Performance

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"A superbly skilled vocalist..." -NEW YORK TIMES “...a risk taker...invents like an instrumentalist..." -BOSTON GLOBE ?

New York-based jazz vocalist Kendra Shank is available worldwide for festivals, clubs, concerts and clinics--as a soloist, or with her quartet. For more info, visit www.kendrashank.com , and see contact info and bio below. The Kendra Shank Quartet will be appearing live in New York City during the 2006 IAJE Conference, featuring selections from their newest recording--a collection of Abbey Lincoln compositions (record labels please contact us if you would like to consider this master for release):

The Kendra Shank Quartet Thursday, January 12 7:45pm to 9:00pm ONE SET ONLY!

“The 55 Bar" 55 Christopher Street (between 6th & 7th ave., in Greenwich Village Subway: # 1 or 9 train to Christopher St. Station) Free Admission. 212-929-9883 www.55bar.com Kendra Shank - voice Frank Kimbrough - fender rhodes Dean Johnson - bass Tony Moreno - drums “...a true ensemble performance...every tune was a musical collaboration...effortless, natural and unscripted." -NY JAZZ REPORT

For music clips and more info on Kendra Shank, visit: http:// www.kendrashank.com

Contact: Kendra Shank Music (+1) 212-741-3484 info@kendrashank.com Considered “one of the most consistently interesting vocalists on the New York scene" (Gary Giddins, The Village Voice) and “one of the top jazz singers around today" (Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene), Kendra Shank combines jazz originals, standards, French songs, folk/pop tunes, and open improvisation in an adventurous, genre-bending style that inspired Abbey Lincoln to call her “an original; a singer with a sound." Shank's critically-acclaimed debut compact disc, Afterglow (Mapleshade, 1994), was co-produced by Shirley Horn and features pianist Larry Willis and saxophonist Gary Bartz. This was followed by two releases on the Jazz Focus label, Wish (1998) and Reflections (2000), which put Ms. Shank in the Down Beat International Critics Poll's list of “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" and in the “Top Ten CD of the Year" list of Jazziz, The Boston Globe, and Newsday. Her radio appearances include JazzSet and Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public Radio, and Transcontinentales on Radio France, and she has toured in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Canada and Africa. Shank was guest guitarist on Abbey Lincoln's CD Over The Years (Verve, 2000) and has been a vocal guest with Bob Dorough, Jay Clayton, and Peter Leitch, among others. The spontaneous interplay with her longtime bandmates, pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Tony Moreno, creates a unique and captivating ensemble sound with “a practically telepathic integration ...these four people appear to have emerged from the same womb" (Lawrence Brazier, Jazz Now).



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