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Fri, Mar 18


Merrimans' Playhouse

Chad McCullough Trio / The Charm of Impossibilities

Featuring new music inspired by Olivier Messiaen, with Chad McCullough on trumpet, Larry Kohut on bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.

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Chad McCullough Trio / The Charm of Impossibilities
Chad McCullough Trio / The Charm of Impossibilities

Time & Location

Mar 18, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

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


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student. End times are estimates.

Chad McCullough, Larry Kohut, and Jon Deitemyer build on an already long-established musical camaraderie with new music loosely based on the works and musical concepts of Oliver Messiaen.

Chad McCullough - trumpet

Larry Kohut - bass

Jon Deitemyer - drums

Music inspired by Olivier Messiaen.

Heralded for his “solos of mercurial poetry and high craft.” (Chicago Tribune) Chicago-based trumpeter/composer Chad McCullough is active throughout the world. Dan McClenaghan writes, “He is a rare instrumentalist who makes each note sound as if it were imbued with a deeper meaning. Certainly a player with great chops, his approach is one that is measured and deliberate, often introspective, sometimes gorgeously melancholic, and one that employs a continuity of mood and atmosphere …”   

His latest album, Forward was released in the Fall of 2020, and was featured in several “Best Jazz Releases of the year” lists, including the Chicago Tribune, and All About Jazz. Featuring the stellar trio of Matt Ulery, Rob Clearfield, and Jon Deitemyer, with post-production and programming by Ryan Cohan, it is on the Outside In Music label.   His bands have performed at many festivals, including the Festival of New Trumpet Music (New York), the GG Jazz Festival (Russia), Chicago Jazz Festival, The Earshot Jazz Festival (Seattle), Halifax Jazz Festival, and The Appeltuin Jazz Festival (Belgium). His albums have been released internationally on Origin Records, ears&eyes records, Monks and Thieves, and Shifting Paradigm. He’s a frequent collaborator with many musicians/ensembles, including groups with; Bram Weijters, Matt Ulery, Roger Ingram, Dana Hall, Ryan Shultz, Luke Malewicz, James Davis, Rob Clearfield, and Tim Hagans and has performed with Maria Schneider, Miguel Zenon, Stafford James, Michael Shrieve, Avishai Cohen, Kendrick Scott, Claudio Roditi, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Charles Tolliver, Ambrose Akinmuserie, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, and many more.

Bassist Larry Kohut, based in Chicago, is among the most in demand bass players. Equally fluent on both upright and electric bass, he's a first call studio musician as well as a favorite with jazz musicians. His discography includes more than 100 albums, as well as several major movie soundtracks and hundreds of commercial jingles. More impressive than that is his history, having played with countless greats including Kenny Werner, Ramsey Lewis, Bruce Barth, Benny Golson, Michael Brecker, George Coleman, George Garzone, Javan Jackson, Phil Woods, Chris Potter, Steve Wilson, Charles Macpherson, David Fathead Newman, Larry Coryell, Ben Monder, Slide Hampton, Steve Nelson, Randy Brecker, Kurt Elling, Karrin Allyson, Patricia Barber, Little Jimmy Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Kenwood Dennard, Adam Nussbaum, Joe LaBarbera, Michael McDonald, Jewel, Sara Bereillies, Elvin Bishop, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Jon Deitemyer has established himself as a unique and versatile voice in modern jazz drumming. After graduating from the esteemed University of North Texas where he studied with Ed Soph and Lynn Seaton, Jon settled in Chicago and quickly became a fixture in the city's expansive creative music community. Jon is also an active educator, with positions at Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Jon has been a member of Greenleaf artist Matt Ulery’s various ensembles since 2006, and currently performs with ArtistShare recording artist Patricia Barber. In addition, Jon has performed and recorded with Zach Brock, Phil Markowitz, Ben Paterson (MaxJazz), Grazyna Auguscik (EMI), Renee Fleming, Lynne Arriale, and American Public Media’s “Prairie Home Companion”.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services/Private Trusts and Foundations, which include grants from the Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation (2020-2021 season), the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation (2021-2022 season), and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust (2021-2022 season).

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation (2020-2021 and 2021-2022 season).

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

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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