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Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series presents the Emmet Cohen Trio!
Merrimans' Playhouse
South Bend, IN
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Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series presents the Emmet Cohen Trio!
Harlem based piano phenom, Emmet Cohen, swings through with his second visit to Merrimans' Playhousewith his all-star trio featuring Late Show with Stephen Colbert's former bassist, Russell Hall, and drummer Evan Sherman, recently on tour with both Wynton and Branford Marsalis. The trio is known for its range and uplifting dynamism, representing Cohen's kaleidoscopic sense of musical narrative, as noted in Downbeat Magazines current edition. Audience members can expect to be treated to a master class in stylistic juxtapositions, including the melding of stride, blues, church, swing, bebop, free, and contemporary styles, resulting in the innovative sound of swings future. The Trio will also feature selections from Cohen's album release entitled the Masters Legacy Series Vol. 1 featuring Jimmy Cobb, famed Miles Davis drummer, andMasters Legacy Series Vol. 2 featuring famed bassist, Ron Carter!

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation's pivotal figures in music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Downbeat observed that his "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he's above any convoluted technical showmanship." In the same spirit, Cohen himself has noted that playing jazz is "about communicating the deepest level of humanity and individuality; it's essentially about connections," both among musicians and with audiences.  Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an expansive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium. Lots of young pianists have chops and energy, but Cohen also has an instinct for meaningful aesthetic form. His spilling runs and chiming resolutions are necessary to an overall design.  Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

Russell Hall, bass:

Russell Hall is a jazz bassist who composes, educates and performs domestically and internationally. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he currently resides in the mecca for jazz in the world, New York City. He started playing the double bass at the age of 14 when he was invited to attend  Dillard Center For the Arts as apart of the jazz ensemble. While at Dillard, Russell took part in the internationally acclaimed Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition where the ensemble placed first from 2011-2012 and second place in 2010. Additionally, Russell was awarded the prize of "Most Outstanding Bassist" all three years of his participation. While in high school, he also garnered national acclaim as a member of the 2012 Jazz Band of America, the Vail Jazz Workshop, as well as being a Young Arts and Grammy Jazz Ensemble Finalist. A highlight for Hall also included a write up in Jet Magazine by jazz ambassador Wynton Marsalis as being "A Jazz Star of The Future" while at the tender age of 17. Russell is a graduate of the prestigious Julliard School where he was a student of master bassists Ron Carter and Ben Wolfe. Currently, Russell can be seen at some of New York's most renowned jazz venues such as Jazz At Lincoln Center, Small's, Smoke, The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard and Ginny's Supper Club with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, The Heath Brothers, Jon Hendricks, Kathleen Battle, Herlin Riley, Cyrus Chestnut, Jimmy Cobb, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, and Harold Mabern to name a few. Russell was also apart of the EMMY nominated film "HBO: Masterclass with Wynton Marsalis" where he along with other students were coached by Marsalis and featured in a performance with the Marsalis. Russell has also been fortunate to bring the joy of jazz around the world at venues in Japan, Russia, Europe, Cape Verde, South America and the Caribbean.

Evan Sherman, drums:

Evan is a drummer, bandleader, composer and arranger. He has played all over the world with the likes of James Moody, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, and Jon Batiste. He continues to tour with pianist Cyrus Chestnut, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars.

In 2014, Evan formed the Evan Sherman Entourage and 16-piece Big Band, which consists of up-and-coming creators alongside a rotating cast of incredible veterans and guests. In addition to its residency at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola's late night dance parties and frequent appearances at the legendary Rainbow Room in New York's Rockefeller Center, the Entourage's upcoming performances for the summer and fall of 2016 include Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, Caramoor Jazz Festival, and The Appel Room. A native of New Jersey, Evan graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2015 and is based in New York City.

$20 General; $10 Student
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Merrimans' Playhouse (View)
1215 Mishawaka Ave.
South Bend, IN 46615
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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