Jazz Cafe and Dinner Featuring the Oswald Quartet to be Held Saturday, Feb. 26, at UNK

Dr. Bryan Samuel
Office of Multicultural Affairs director, 308.865.8127

The Oswald Quartet is the featured group at the Jazz Cafe and Dinner this weekend in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The Oswald Quartet is comprised of three recent UNK graduates including Luke Oswald, drums; Aaron Graddy, bass guitar; and Mike Radliff, guitar; and UNK senior Spencer Hansen on keyboard.

“The Oswald Quartet will play various tunes in the Jazz genre including tunes in swing, bebop, cool and Latin,” said Bryan Samuel, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The Jazz Cafe and Dinner is one of a series of events sponsored by the UNK Office of Multicultural Affairs to celebrate African American Heritage Month. The event is free and open to the public. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., with the performances beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations for the free dinner are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday by calling 308.865.8127. Individuals may attend the performance without dining.

Two vocalists will also be performing. Chrisna Clark, a junior from Alma, will perform several works from the collections of Jill Scott. She is best known for her run in the 2003 American Idol competition where she advanced to the second round of national auditions. Clark was also a finalist in the 2004 Nebraska Idol competition.

Dr. Beverly Merrick, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, will also perform. When she was on the New Mexico State University faculty, she played Abby in the play Arsenic and Old Lace.  Merrick also sang The Lady is a Tramp in a traveling off-Broadway production andKansas City in the Vineyards at Albuquerque, N.M.

For more information and to make dinner reservations call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 308.865.8127.