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Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series presents Sweet Talk - Concert and Clinic
Merrimans' Playhouse
South Bend, IN
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Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series presents Sweet Talk - Concert and Clinic
Improvisation Clinic: 5:00 pm. Concert: 7:30 pm. Trumpet (Jake Henry), guitar (Dustin Carlson) and drums (Devin Drobka) trio based in Brooklyn, New York. Sweet Talk utilizes their unique musical chemistry to explore new ground in the area between free jazz and sonic improvisation. Their sound is diverse, incorporating energetic improvisations, eerie melodies and beautiful lyricism into interpreting Jake Henry's often sadistic, always intriguing compositions.

CLINIC: Sweet Talk has conducted clinics at high schools, middle schools and colleges across the united states and canada. With particular interest payed to deconstructing elements of jazz, pop and noise music, this trio expertly coaches students to find unique voices as improvisers and composers. This clinic will be interactive and will focus on improvisation, line construction, sound production and melodic free playing. Please bring your instruments!

The band is comprised of trumpeter Jake Henry (student of Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, leader: Jake Henry Quartet, Duo with Sean Ali), guitarist Dustin Carlson (student of Brad Shepik, Kermit Driscoll, member: Sunshine Soldier, Mutasm) and drummer Devin Drobka (student of Bob Moses, Nasheet Waits, member: Sons of Daughters, Jerry Bergonzi Quartet). Sweet Talk has been performing since the beginning of 2011 and has to date completed two tours of Canada and the United States to captivated audiences.

Jake is a trumpet player, improviser, composer, teacher. He lives in Brooklyn, but is from Canada, raised in Toronto. We was educated in Montreal and NYC (B Mus McGill, MA City College of NY). Currently he is involved in various groups including Jake Henry Quartet, Sweet Talk,All the Kings Horses ( brass quintet with drums), Dirty Bakery, Will McEvoy Quartet, Brad Henkel Sextet and various other bands as a sideman and co-leader.

"Jake Henry is part of a new breed of talented up-and-coming improvisers and composers." - Adrian Vedady, Bassist

"Dustin Carlson's eclectic guitar wizardry stands out in a bland sea of regurgitative imitators. Equal parts Monk and Messiaen, Carlson's highly original approach touches on Serialism and Aleatoric music, breathing new life into the jazz genre. Prepare to be amazed by his prodigious technique and ultra-advanced harmonic language."
-Joe Charupakorn, Hal Leonard Author

Devin is a Milwaukee native that has been playing drums for the past 20 years. He has many music projects he is currently involved in.

Devin received his BMA in Jazz Drumming Performance from Berklee College of Music in 09' where he had the chance to study with Terri Lynn Carrington, Bob Tamigni, Skip Hadden, Jamey Haddad, Kenwood Dennard, Jon Hazilla, Ralph Peterson Jr, Ian Froman, and the master drummer Bob Moses. While at Berklee he performed with legends of the Jazz world such as Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Osby, Cecil McBee, Dave Santoro, Ed Tomassi, Geraldine Bergonzi and Phil Grenadier. While at Berklee he was asked to be apart of the world famous Jerry Bergonzi Quartet which featured Bruce Barth on Piano and Dave Santoro on Bass, which he had the privilege of playing with for 3 years.

When Devin lived in Brooklyn, NY he had the chance of playing at Kitano's, Douglass St. Music Collective, Sycamore, Setai, Way Station, Branded Saloon and many more. He completed 15 tours all over the US and into Canada. Devin have lead my own group and continue to be busy composing new music for this ensemble which is a rotating cast of improvisers. He had the pleasure of playing the Tanglewood Jazz Fest, Eastside Jazz Fest, and Salem Jazz Fest. Currently studying with the great Nasheet Waits ( He also performed with Bruce Barth, Jerry Bergonzi, Tony Malaby, Joe Solomon, Dave Santoro, Mario Pavone, Matt WIlson, Tadataka Unno, Tom Chang, Michael Attias, Quison Nachoff, Frank LoCrasto, Chris Tordini, Mike Moreno, Lena Bloch, Kyle Wilson, Ben Wendall, Jorge Roeder, Dan Blake, Tyler Blanton, Dmitry Ishenko, Sean Conly.



Merrimans' Playhouse (View)
1215 Mishawaka Ave.
South Bend, IN 46615
United States

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Music > Ambient
Music > Jazz

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



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