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Thu, Feb 10


Merrimans' Playhouse

Don Lerman Trio

A trio of Don Lerman on saxophone, Mike Iannicello on guitar, and Buddy Pearson on bass, will perform a varied program of jazz and popular standards.

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Don Lerman Trio
Don Lerman Trio

Time & Location

Feb 10, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

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 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.

Our Home Grown Jazz Performance Series presents the Don Lerman Trio. A trio of Don Lerman on saxophone, Mike Iannicello on guitar, and Buddy Pearson on bass, will perform a varied program of jazz and popular standards, including music composed by Charlie Parker, Victor Young, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Don Lerman, a native of South Bend who graduated from Riley High School, spent many years performing on sax and clarinet in big bands around the Washington, D.C., area, most notably with the Harry James Orchestra that continued after the legendary big band trumpeter’s death in 1983. His influences include Art Pepper, Lucky Thompson, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Charlie Parker and Gerry Mulligan.

Buddy Pearson has been steadily playing upright and electric bass for 40 of his 50 years. Hailing from a very musically supportive family, he was given his first upright bass at age 9 and in one way or another, has never looked back. Soon after schooling, immersing in the local and Chicago jazz scene with heavy hitter players to this day. Buddy also plays bass for the longtime jazz group, Freek Johnson, In addition to playing with others national and local. Buddy also puts his bass and prodigious technique in a solo setting at weekly performances throughout venues. 

Along with playing, Buddy has been teaching all levels of electric and upright bass privately for the last 20 years. Currently teaching privately in his studio in downtown South Bend, and also at South Bend's The Music Village.

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Mike Iannicello graduated from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, jazz studies performance. There he studied under the instruction of Tom Carrol, Hank Marr, and Gary Carney. He also attended the Easton School of Music jazz workshop summer program in 1990 and 1991 under the instruction of Gene Bertoncini. He has performed with Roger Williams, The Fifth Dimension, CJ Chenier, The Stone City Band, The Flex Crew, and many others. He also formed his own groups, Cellovision, Oneunder, Shakerman, and Shinebox , each group recording an album/cd of original music. Mike has also been hired as a studio guitarist at Thornapple and Amerisound studios.

He was a guitar instructor at Music go Round in 1997-99. Since then, he has taught private guitar instruction/lessons. He currently resides in South Bend where he has performed with Buddy Pearson, Darrel Tidebeck, Linsay Kelly, Arthur Schroeder, Don Lerman, and others.


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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