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Fri, Apr 21


Merrimans' Playhouse

Alex Beltran's Rift

His new project “Rift” is made up of compositions and arrangements that reflect Alex’s cultural upbringing and is scheduled to be released in 2023 as his debut album.

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Alex Beltran's Rift
Alex Beltran's Rift

Time & Location

Apr 21, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Philanthropic Services provided by grants from the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation, Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation, and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust, The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative, and the Arts Project Support Grant and Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission. Concert support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season).

Alex Beltran - saxophone

Sam Peters - bass

Stu Mindeman - piano

Neil Hemphill - drums

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Alex Beltran has been called “a saxophonist of impeccable musicianship” by the Chicago Jazz Magazine. He is a sought after multi-instrumentalist, composer and teacher. Beltran's new project and upcoming debut album, Rift, is a collection of songs that are deeply personal and written during the pandemic. The title track, "Rift," is a powerful song about the struggle to find one's place in the world. Among the new works are songs written about family, Lulu and Bird Dance. Rift is a project that will resonate with all listeners; it is a beautiful and moving collection of songs that will stay with you long after you've finished listening to it. The recording of Alex Beltran’s Rift features some of the most talented musicians today, including Jon Deitmyer on drums, Sam Peters on bass, Stuart Mindeman on piano, Lenard Simpson on saxophone, and Chad McCullough on trumpet, bringing Beltran’s songs to life with their remarkable artistry. This concert will feature the quartet of Alex, Sam Stu, and Neil.

Alex is an active member of the music scene in the Chicago and around the region. He has performed in both large and small venues across the country, under his own name and with people such as Jeff Hamilton, Phil Woods, Tim Ries, Ira Sullivan, Luis Bonilla, John Fedchok, Matt Ulery, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, the Chicago Yestet, and many others.

In addition to his busy performing schedule, Alex is proud to be a Vandoren Performing Artist and maintains an active teaching schedule, helping a younger generation discover the beauty of music. Alex is on faculty at Loyola and North Park Universities.

Pianist Stu Mindeman maintains a busy performance schedule throughout the world, both on stage, and behind the scenes, as a composer, arranger, and producer. Stu has performed and recorded with numerous world-class artists, including Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Gloria Estefan, Ana Tijoux, Francesca Ancarola, Miguel Zenón, Antonio Sanchez, Kirk Whalum, Dave Weckl, James Genus, Tom Kennedy, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Howard Levy, Kendrick Scott, Juan Pastor, Marquis Hill, Makaya McCraven and many others. Stu has also been active in the world of theater, musically directing for Chicago’s The Second City comedy troupe.

Samuel Peters is a versatile jazz bassist and educator based in Chicago, Illinois. He has recorded on four albums, toured with groups including the Roy McGrath Quartet, as well as The Old Style Sextet, and maintains a healthy performance schedule in and around Chicago. In addition to running a private lessons studio, Sam has been the Jazz Bass instructor at Adlai E. Stevenson High School since 2018. Sam is currently pursuing his Masters in Jazz Studies at DePaul University where he is studying with Dennis Carroll. Sam earned his BFA in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois, where he studied with Larry Gray and Chip Stephens.

Neil Hemphill is a Professional Jazz Drummer living in Chicago. Originally form Colorado Springs, CO he began playing drums at the age of 16 where he studied under Henrique De Almeida. After graduating from Fort Lewis College with a bachelors in Music Performance Neil moved do Denver where he played, toured and recorded with Jeff Jenkins, Greg Harris, Greg Gisbert, Ken Walker and many others. In 2015 He moved to Chicago where he has had the opportunity to play, record and tour with Bobby Broom, Richard Johnson, Sharel Cassity, Dennis Carroll, Geof Bradfield, Black Diamond, Greg Ward and many others.


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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