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Merrimans' Playhouse

A Family Affair - Father's Day Weekend Concert

Our Student Jazz Performance Series presents Levi Rozek on trumpet and Steve Rozek on tenor saxophone, with their Quintet for a special Father's Day weekend concert. Come celebrate with this father-son duo and their friends.

Registration is Closed due to COVID. ALL cancelled concerts will be rescheduled.
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A Family Affair - Father's Day Weekend Concert

Time & Location

Jun 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, Suite 135, South Bend, IN 46617, USA

About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student. Concert end time is only an estimate.

Celebrate a very SPECIAL FATHER'S DAY weekend Concert! Our Student Jazz Performance Series presents the 17-year-old trumpeter and his band. Featuring Levi Rozek on trumpet and Steve Rozek on tenor saxophone.

17 year old trumpeter, Levi Rozek and his dad, saxophonist, Steve Rozek will lead a talented quintet featuring Billy Foster on piano, Jay Thornbury on bass and Lannie Turner on drums. The group will perform selections by jazz greats like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, modern day performers Roy Hargrove and Kenny Garrett as well as select standards and original compositions. Come celebrate Father's Day weekend with this father son duo and their friends.

Levi Rozek - trumpet

Steve Rozek - saxophone

Billy Foster - piano

Jay Thornbury - bass

Lannie Turner - drums

Indianapolis based, 17 year old trumpeter Levi Rozek was born in Newport News, Virginia and spent his early years in Philadelphia. He has studied with Brian Hoover, Jen Siukola, his dad Steve Rozek and is currently studying with Philadelphia based trumpet player John Swana.

Levi has been selected three times for the Indiana All State Jazz Ensemble and has won numerous soloist awards at jazz festivals throughout the state of indiana. On the National stage Levi earned the top trumpet soloist at the National Jazz Festival and was named an “Outstanding Trumpet Soloist” at the Essentially Ellington competition in 2021 and 2022. Mr. Rozek was selected to be a part of the NYO Jazz Orchestra sponsored by Carnegie Hall in 2021 and will be returning this summer as well. During his month long residency in New York he was able to be a part of a full length studio recording where he studied with and played next to jazz greats Sean Jones, Melissa Aldana, Tayna Darby and Wycliffe Gordon. Most recently, the high school Junior was selected as the 2022 jazz trumpet finalist for the Young Arts program and will be performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival as a member of the Next Generation Big Band.

Stephen H. Rozek, an Indiana native, has been a student of music and the saxophone for over thirty years. He has spent his professional career entertaining audiences and educating students throughout the United States and parts of Asia.

In addition to his own groups and freelance experience Mr. Rozek has had the chance to collaborate and share the bandstand with several amazing artists and musical groups over the years including Eddie Daniels, Terrell Stafford, Billy Kilson, Ed Shaughnessy, Richie Cole, Ira Sullivan, Dennis Di Blasio, Brian Bromberg, Gerald Veasley, Ben Vereen, The O-Jays, The Mills Brothers, The South Bend Symphony and The Virginia Symphony.

He also served his country for eight years as a military musician with the United States Air Force where he performed for President and Mrs. Obama, members of Congress, foreign dignitaries and high ranking military officials. Rozek participated in public relations performances, troop morale concerts and was the Musical Director for the USAF’s Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.

Mr. Rozek currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music and Chair of Fine Arts at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana. He has previously been on faculty at The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, NJ), Albright College (Reading, PA) and The Westminster Conservatory (Princeton, NJ) Besides his faculty appointments over the years, Mr. Rozek has maintained an active private lessons studio teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, jazz piano and jazz improvisation. He has also given many clinics and masterclasses around the country to students of all ages covering a variety of musical topics.

Stephen has studied privately with Greg Noble, Rick Van Matre, Pat Harbison, Rich Corpolongo, Ron Kerber and Bennie Wallace. Rozek is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Jazz and Studio Music with a Concentration in Saxophone and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies.

Billy Foster is a respected pianist, composer, educator and producer. Mr. Foster worked as a music educator in the Gary Community Schools for 35 years, served as jazz piano instructor at Valparaiso University for 34 years and is currently piano and Jazz History instructor at Indiana University Northwest. He has conducted many jazz lectures, clinics and educational performances and remains active as a professional musician and band- leader. He has played concerts with acclaimed jazz artists Jimmy Heath, Red Rodney , Clark Terry, Terell Stafford, Curtis Fuller, Tom Harrell, Ernie Watts, Bobby Watson, Henry Johnson and many others. Billy Foster’s work may be heard on several CDs including “For The Moment” and “Journey” recorded by the Valparaiso University Faculty Jazz Trio. “Portrait” and “Music For Jazz Vespers” are CDs recorded by the Billy Foster Trio. Mr. Foster received a B.S. from Defiance College and M.M. from Roosevelt University, with additional study at New York University and with pianist Jaki Byard.

Lannie Turner is a professional drummer. He has played toured and recorded with Albert King (blues great), Michael Woff (Arsenio Hall) Phil Perry (MCA recording artist). Lannie was signed with Warner Brothers Records and played in the American Tribal love Rock Musical “Hair”. Lannie is a drum instructor and plays in the Indiana-Chicago area.

Jay Thornbury is a talented 19 year old bassist living in the greater Indianapolis area. He has studied with Nick Tucker as well as Bethany Robinson. Mr. Thornbury has been selected to the Indiana All State Jazz Ensemble in 2020 and 2022, as well as the All State Jazz Combo. Jay also won the Louis Armstrong jazz award for his high school and was just named an honorable mention outstanding bass soloist at the Essentially Ellington competition sponsored by Lincoln Center in New York City. He has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Rob Dixon, Russel Hall, Kenny Phelps, Jeff Hamilton, and Todd Williams. This fall Jay will matriculate into the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music as a jazz studies and bass performance major.

The Student and Home Grown Series concerts made possible, in part, with support from the ArtsEverywhere Grant from the Community Found