|Born||April 23, 1958|
Woodland, California, U.S.
|Labels||Mapleshade, Jazz Focus, Challenge|
|Associated acts||Frank Kimbrough|
Kendra Shank is a jazz vocalist.
Shank's mother was an actress and playwright and her father was a playwright and teacher at the University of California. When she was five, she appeared onstage with her mother in Threepenny Opera. In her early teens she started playing guitar.
Shank attended Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington, receiving a degree in art and French. During the 1980s, she performed in clubs in Seattle as a folk singer, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. In 1989 she studied with jazz vocalist Jay Clayton at Cornish College of the Arts.
She got a job with Bob Dorough in 1991 while he was on tour. Shirley Horn saw her perform and became her mentor, introducing at the Village Vanguard in 1992. During the same year, Shank released her debut album, Afterglow (Mapleshade, 1992). She met Frank Kimbrough through Horn, and he became a member of her quartet which recorded A Spirit Free (Challenge, 2007), a tribute to Abbey Lincoln. She has recorded with Lincoln and with Gary Bartz, Peter Leitch, Ben Monder, John Stowell, and Larry Willis.
- Afterglow with Larry Willis, Gary Bartz (Mapleshade, 1994)
- Wish (Jazz Focus, 1998)
- Reflections (Jazz Focus, 2000)
- A Spirit Free: Abbey Lincoln Songbook (Challenge, 2006)
- New York Conversations with John Stowell (TCB, 2013)
- Half Moon: Live in New York with Geoffrey Keezer (Ride Symbol, 2016)
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