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Thu, Jan 18


Merrimans' Playhouse

CANCELED - Ryan Devlin Quartet

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CANCELED - Ryan Devlin Quartet
CANCELED - Ryan Devlin Quartet

Time & Location

Jan 18, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST

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.

Our Student Jazz Performance Series presents Ryan Devlin and his quartet project!

Ryan Devlin - saxophone

Anthony Aldissi - piano

Thomas Milovac - bass

John Lumpkin - drums


Ryan Devlin is a young saxophonist and private woodwind instructor living in Boston, MA, currently attending the New England Conservatory for his Master's Degree. Devlin started his musical journey with his father Scott Devlin who was the leader of the Walt Disney World Sax Quartet. Music was always in the house when Ryan was a child. Scott was always teaching lessons or practicing for his next gig. Ryan was immediately interested and asked his Dad to teach him saxophone around age 9, after playing piano for 3 years. Since then Ryan has been practicing, gigging and teaching everyday!

Ryan has been a member and featured soloist in ensembles such as The Florida All State Jazz band, The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orlando Jazz Orchestra, The Seaworld Saxophone Quartet and the UCF Flying Horse Big Band just to name a few. Ryan is also the 2017 winner of the Central Florida Jazz Society and was runner up in 2017 Bob Washington Jazz scholarship competition.

Ryan also has also taken lessons with world class musicians Jerry Bergonzi, Chad Lefkowitz Brown, Alain Bradette, Lucas Pino and Airmen of Note saxophonist Tedd Baker. Ryan has also performed with world class musicians like trumpeter Terell Stafford. Noted saxophonists Dick Oatts, Jerry Bergonzi, Chad Lefkowitz Brown, Jerry Weldon, bassist Gene Perla and drummer Adam Nussbaum just to name a few!

“ Ryan Devlin is a ferocious young tenor player! I’m excited to see what the future holds for his music and career. ” - Chad Lefkowitz Brown (Grammy winning Saxophonist)

“if Steve (Grossman) was alive today, that would have been how he would've sounded." - Petter Wettre (Author of “Live at the Lighthouse Omni Book”)

“Ryan Devlin posses a relentless fire and drive in his playing. He knows his muse, but it’s clear to anyone listening, his sound is becoming his own.” - Lucas Pino (NYC saxophonist)

Anthony Aldissi is a multi-talented performing and recording artist, specializing in various genres of music. With a passion for both playing and teaching, he has dedicated his life to exploring the intricate world of music and sharing his knowledge with others. Despite his relatively young age, Anthony’s musical journey has taken him to numerous stages and venues across the country, where he has had the honor to collaborate with esteemed musicians of international acclaim.

Thomas Milovac (b. 1997 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was born into a musical family and found a lifelong passion for performing and composing from an early age. He performed throughout middle school and high school band programs on various instruments including tenor saxophone, clarinet, piano, vibraphone, timpani, and the instruments closest to his heart, the double bass and bass guitar. Thomas was a member of various honor bands including All-District Jazz and Concert bands, the 2015 Florida All-State Jazz band, and the UCF All-Star Jazztet. He also founded, lead, and arranged for East Ridge High School's first jazz combo which received awards at state level MPA's and the Lake Side Jazz Festival in Port Orange, Florida. He was also th,e president of his high school's chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Upon graduating high school in 2016, Thomas went on to study at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, FL. At UNF, he studied under composer Gary Smart, pianist Lynne Arriale, and bassists Dennis Marks, Jason Lindsay, and Doug Wieland. Thomas also performed with UNF's Jazz Ensemble One, Jazz Combo One, the UNF Orchestra, the UNF Concert Band, and UNF Chamber Ensemble. He received the award of "Most Outstanding Musician" from the school of music every academic year. Thomas graduated from the school of music at UNF in the summer of 2020 with his B.M in Jazz Studies.

Thomas Milovac has continued to perform, record, and collaborate with artists across the musical spectrum since graduating. He has collaborated with artists such as: Ulysses Owens Jr., Ryan Devlin, Steve Cohn, John Lumpkin, Zoh Amba, Doc Handy, Syoma Klochko, Dominick Farinacci, Steve Swallow, Elizabeth A. Baker, Sean Hamilton, Majid Araim, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Renee Baker, and Jonas Van den Bossche. Thomas also is a member of the "pan-Florida improvisation syndicate" BONGUS, the Ryan Devlin Electric Band, and the Jacksonville based ensemble Madre Vaca. He also leads his own ensembles and projects to perform his original works including the Thomas Milovac Sextet and Trio, Maxiphony, and the Unit Colossus.

In 2018, Thomas Milovac created and curated the Backroom Series in Jacksonville, Florida. The series presented concerts of improvised and creative music in Thomas's home and various venues around Jacksonville. The series played hosts to artists such as Jack Wright and Ron Stabnisky, B|_ank, Zach Rowden, Majid Araim, and Adam Goodwin. The Backroom Series ceased in 2020 with a large archive of concerts on their YouTube page.

Thomas founded the Cosmo Sonic Collective in 2021 upon his move to his current home base of Orlando, Florida. Cosmo Sonic is a platform for artists around the world to present their vanguard work. The Cosmo Sonic Collective record label has focused on releasing works of improvised music. Artists that have released music on Cosmo Sonic include Paul* Hermansen, Syoma Klochko, and Taylor Rouss.

John Lumpkin II is a producer, mentor, and artist. He obtains a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida under the direction of Danny Gottlieb and a Master’s degree from Florida State University under the leadership of Leon Anderson. In 2009 he was also a part of the Ravinia Steans music institute and betty carter jazz ahead program, John grew up in the Pentecostal church and still plans to exercise his gifts there as well as in other national venues. However, he says “The church is the root of my zeal for music and forever shall be”. While carrying his talents between Japan and Switzerland, he has also internationally been a part of the Jazz at Lincoln Centers Artist in Residency Program. In 2017 Wynton Marsalis combined with the Dr. Phillips Fine Arts Center in Orlando, FL to create the Dr. Phillips Jazz Orchestra of which John was a part.

Along with his passion for the church, he is also a part of Beyond Music. Beyond Music is an online platform where artists from around the world can create music. The late co-founder Tina Turner was a part of the Ambassadors for this movement and the artistic directors have been Larry Klien, Manu Katche, Michael League, and Bill Laurance.

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.


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