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Wed, Jul 24


Merrimans' Playhouse

Andy Bianco Trio

Compelling modern jazz and select standards by the Andy Bianco Trio-Featuring new music and a new live album!

Andy Bianco Trio
Andy Bianco Trio

Time & Location

Jul 24, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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


About the Event

TICKETS are $12 General/$6 Student. End time is around 9:00

Compelling modern jazz and select standards by the Andy Bianco Trio-Featuring new music and a new live album!

Andy Bianco - guitar 

John Tate – bass 

Andrew Kirk - drums


New York City based jazz artist Andy Bianco has performed/recorded with Angie Stone, Deborah Cox, Kandace Springs, Elle Varner, Bob Moses & many others at such renowned venues as Good Morning America,  Billboard Live Osaka/Tokyo, The 2013 Long Beach Jazz Festival, The 2014/2015/2019 Essence Festivals in New Orleans, The 2014 BET Awards, The 2017 Richmond Jazz Festival, Sculler’s Jazz Club, The Blue Note & he's also the guitarist for the Grammy winning RnB artist Elle Varner, with whom he's toured the USA & Japan. He was a finalist in the 2012, 2015 & 2019 USA Songwriting Competitions & his 4 official jazz album releases as a leader have received domestic & international critical acclaim from Downbeat Magazine, Elsewhere New Zealand, Bop-N-Jazz, The New York City Jazz Record & other publications. Andy has performed his original jazz compositions as a touring jazz artist/bandleader throughout the USA & with other groups at such jazz hot spots as Chris' Jazz Cafe, Blu Jazz, Smoke Jazz Club, Minton’s Playhouse, Cornelia St. Cafe, The 55 Bar & The Zinc Bar.

A resident of Pittsburgh, PA, Andrew Kirk is known for his emotionally expressive style, his sophistication in multiple genres, and his consistent professionalism.  He found his love for jazz by going to watch the legendary drummer Roger Humphries perform around the city, sitting in with his band, and becoming a lifelong student of his. Andrew’s career has also included times in Charlottesville, VA, Philadelphia, PA, Nashville, TN, and a year playing with jazz trios on cruise ships. He has performed in groups led by John D’Earth & Mike Boone, as well as many engagements with bands of various genres.  Andrew has been a featured guest performer with both the James Madison University and University of Virginia Jazz Ensembles.  He currently performs regularly in the Pittsburgh jazz scene with his quintet “Deep Dive”.

A first-call accompanist in Chicago, Illinois native John Tate has played with any number of important artists including Matt Wilson, Marquis Hill, Ron Miles, Von and George Freeman, Ben Monder, Jeff Parker, John Chin, Sacha Perry, Bill Carrothers, Victor Goines, Caroline Davis and Billy Kaye. He also performs and records with experimental drummer-composer Charles Rumback, appearing on the 2015 duo album Daylight Savings and the 2017 trio efforts Threes and Tag Book.


"Deliciously dynamic jazz Andy Bianco – NYC STORIES: This is actually my first listen to Andy’s perfectly performed jazz guitar work… what he presents on this album is some of the most deliciously dynamic jazz you will ever listen to…"-Dick Metcalf, “NYC Stories" review, Contemporary Fusion Reviews, November 2020.

"NYC Stories aims at depicting a sense of triumph over adversity, which comes through on album opener 'For Those Who Battle Demons'.... New York might be the most written about city in the country, but Bianco still has stories of his own." - Chris Barton, "NYC Stories" review, Downbeat Magazine, June 2020.

"Judging by the jut of his shoulders, clench of his jaw and verve of his writing and playing, Bianco will soon be back with some more stories." - Tom Greenland, "NYC Stories" review, New York City Jazz Record, April 2020.

"Overall, this was a well-played mainstream jazz album, the musicians played very well together on the ensemble sections and the solos were well done without going overboard. Bianco’s themes were well written and his guitar playing was consistently interesting." - Tim Niland, "NYC Stories" review, Jazz & Blues Blog Spot.Com, February 2020.

"One wishes McLaughlin would hire Bianco as his tonal guru, as the latter’s sound is closer to the Mahavishnu Orchestra than anything McLaughlin is doing these days..." - Stanley Zappa, "Forces of the Wild" review, New York City Jazz Record, August 2013

"A terrifying and intense journey.  Love it!" - Jazz guitar master Ben Monder (referring to "Forces of the Wild")

"Andy Bianco is an amazing guitarist. He has great ideas, a fantastic sound & boundless imagination & fire!" - Jazz guitar master Peter Bernstein

"Andy Bianco is a very fine guitarist with a natural spark. His playing embodies strong elements of the past and the future." - Jazz drumming master Bob Moses

"Good guitarists are like Starbucks, one on every corner. Great guitarists develop their own harmonic voice and then move to the next level, Andy Bianco is a great guitarist." - Brent Black,

"Bianco - who has doubtless heard and studied John McLaughlin's more restrained work in the Seventies and Eighties - describes this album (Homefront ARCD8031) as forward thinking yet rooted in tradition, and that seems a very honest assessment... Well worth checking out."  - September 2015 review of "Homefront" by Graham Reid

"It's Andy on guitar gliding, painting broad strokes behinds this sweeping playing. It all comes together here. It's kind of perfect. Bianco also practically tingles...."Anthony Dean-Harris


Andy Bianco is endorsed by ESP Guitars, Godin Guitars, Reunion Blues Cases & Dean Markley Strings.

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 season). 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.


  • General

    $12 Advanced or Door

  • Student

    $6 Student/Discount




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