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Thu, Dec 21


Merrimans' Playhouse

A Nat King Cole Christmas with the Bryan Eng Trio

SOLD OUT - only a handful of walk-in seats available, and first come first serve. We will not be able to let people in once these seats are filled. Our seating is very limited.

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A Nat King Cole Christmas with the Bryan Eng Trio
A Nat King Cole Christmas with the Bryan Eng Trio

Time & Location

Dec 21, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student.

More info coming soon.

If you see Eng on the schedule, it’s a guarantee you’ll be entertained.” —Broadway World

“Eng’s star wattage is undeniable.” —Chicago Sun-Times

Bryan Eng - piano

Stephen Parisi - bass

TJ Thompson - drums

For this holiday season, join the Bryan Eng Trio to celebrate the yuletide with Nat King Cole classics for all. From New York City, multifaceted jazz pianist, singer, and actor, Bryan Eng is one of the most promising and accomplished entertainers of his generation. With performances on Broadway, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, and an ongoing residency at the Carlyle Hotel, the 25-year-old entertainer has already made his mark on the world’s most esteemed stages.


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Bryan Eng graduated from Northwestern University where his Chicago acclaim proved inevitable. Maintaining multiple performance residencies and starring at award-winning regional theaters, the Chicago Tribune confirmed, “Bryan Eng is one of Chicago’s bright stars.” Soon, Eng relocated to New York City to join the Broadway cast of Plaza Suite with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. Now a New York star in ascension, Eng is featured at the historic Carlyle Hotel while maintaining a rigorous national touring schedule leading his three groups: the Bryan Eng Trio, the Bryan Eng ‘Circle Room’ Trio, and the Bryan Eng Sextet.

Stephen Parisi Jr. is a bassist, composer/Arranger, and educator, originally from Buffalo, New York. Stephen began playing in a professional context at the age of 13. Stephen received his Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Eastman School of Music where he was awarded the Schirmer Prize for Excellence. After becoming one of the most in-demand bass players in Buffalo and Rochester, Stephen earned his Masters of Music from DePaul University in 2023. Over his career, Stephen has played with an illustrious list of well-known figures in jazz, including Ben Paterson, Michael Allemana, Victor Garcia, Bobby Millitello, Tommy Gearheart, Bobby Jones, George Calldwell, Mark Kellogg, Gordon Webster, and Bob Sneider. Stephen is a member of the Buffalo Jazz Collective, The Bryan Eng Trio, Trio Profondo and has toured with many bands, including the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. In addition, Stephen is also a very active composer and arranger, studying under masters of the craft including Tom Matta, Bill Dobbins, and Dave Rivello.

TJ Thompson is a Chicago-based freelance drummer and educator. He received a B.A. in Jazz Studies from Elmhurst University in 2019. During that time, and beyond, TJ was fortunate to learn from, record with, and work professionally outside of a school setting with some of Chicago’s finest, including Mark Colby, Frank Caruso, Chris Siebold, and the legendary big band educator, Doug Beach. Building close relationships with these extraordinary people led to a seamless transition into his professional career. TJ Thompson has had the privilege of sharing the stage with musical greats Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Sean Jones, Doc Severinsen (leader of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band), and Byron Stripling - as well as legendary Chicago musicians, such as Mark Colby, Marlene Rosenberg, Jeremy Kahn, Scott Hesse, Scott Burns, Chris Siebold, Roger Ingram (lead trumpet for Ray Charles, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Harry Connick Jr.), and Steve Wiest, at venues such as Andy’s Jazz Club, Jazz Showcase, the Fulton Street Collective, Martyr’s, Reggie’s, and countless others. He has also had incredible opportunities to tour across the country with various groups, as well as internationally - in Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Netherlands, the Bahamas, and the Czech Republic. TJ works with a variety of groups in the Chicagoland area and stays busy teaching a full studio of students.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services Private Trust Foundations, which include grants from the Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation (2020-2021; 2022-2023 seasons), the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation (2021-2022; 2022-2023 seasons), and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust (2021-2022; 2022-2023; 2023-2024 seasons). Special concert event support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season). Activities are made possible in part by the Arts Organization Support (AOS), Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency (2023-2024 season).

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation (2020-2023 seasons).

The Student and Home Grown Series concerts made possible, in part, with support from the ArtsEverywhere Grant from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the Arts Project Support Grant and the Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.


  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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