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Fri, Aug 26


Merrimans' Playhouse

Darren Frate Group

Darren Frate Group music has been described as world music, jazz and jazz fusion woven together by bass driven grooves and improvisation.

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Darren Frate Group
Darren Frate Group

Time & Location

Aug 26, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student. End time is estimate.

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 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.

Darren Frate Group music has been described as world music, jazz and jazz fusion woven together by bass driven grooves and improvisation. The leader, bassist Darren Frate, is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. The group will be debuting new compositions for this show as well as works from the group's cd release "Resonance". Darren Frate will be joined by Dave Kasper on saxophones/woodwinds and Dave Black on drums and percussion.

Darren Frate is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, majoring in film scoring. After college Darren recorded and toured with several acts including Mike Stern, Peter Noone, Ian Hunter, The Blind Boys of Alabama as well as many others. Darren recently received an "Individual Excellence Award" grant for 2021 from the Ohio Arts Council for music composition. Darren teaches privately as well as being an instructor at the Cleveland Music Settlement's jazz program. Composition has always been foremost to Darren, with the latest release "Resonance" that came to fruition. Darren is also working on a series of solo electric bass compositions for release in the summer of 2022.

Dave Kasper, woodwinds (saxophones, clarinets, flutes and EWI), grew up in Cleveland and has been privileged to play with the Temptations, Al Martino, Guy Lombardo, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (Playing the role of Jimmy Dorsey), Tito Puente Jr., Either Orchestra and has opened for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pancho Sanchez, and Tony Bennett. Dave enjoys teaching saxophone, clarinet and flute in Downtown Cleveland and the suburbs. A journey man musician since his early teens, Kasper is involved playing with many groups in town regularly including Revolution Brass Band, Velvet Voyage, Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band and several creative projects created for events.

Drummer and percussionist Dave Black grew up in northeast Ohio and started his music career in the Cleveland public school system. He studied music during college and works as a freelance musician with groups in Florida and California. Dave plays locally in northeastern Ohio as well as nationally with a variety of artists.


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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