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Fri, May 10

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Merrimans' Playhouse

Drew Hansen Quintet

The Drew Hansen Quintet, based in Chicago, strives to engage audiences with proactive melodies, lush harmony, and adventurous interaction. They can be found regularly playing around Chicago and the Midwest. You can also hear them on Drew Hansen’s debut album, “Stone Forest/ Sun Shower”.

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Drew Hansen Quintet
Drew Hansen Quintet

Time & Location

May 10, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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

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About the Event

TICKETS are $12 General/$6 Student. Concert is one long set. End time is approximately 9:00 pm.

The Drew Hansen Quintet, based in Chicago, strives to engage audiences with proactive melodies, lush harmony, and adventurous interaction. They can be found regularly playing around Chicago and the Midwest. You can also hear them on Drew Hansen’s debut album, “Stone Forest/ Sun Shower”.

Drew Hansen - trumpet 

Artie Black - tenor saxophone 

Aaron Shaprio - guitar 

Kitt Lyles - bass 

Gustavo Cortinas - drums

Drew Hansen is a Chicago trumpet player and educator making a name for himself as a thoughtful composer and adventurous improviser. Drew is also the Director of Jazz at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois, a program that takes a holistic approach to jazz education.

Drew is the leader of “Room Full of Chairs,” an ensemble inspired by the haiku of Chicago poet John O’Connor. Drew also leads his own quintet which draws inspiration from the jazz masters of the past and present. Both groups can be heard on Drew’s debut album, “Stone Forest/Sun Shower.”

Drew has performed at every major jazz venue in Chicago as well as the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and the San Jose Jazz Festival, among many other venues around the United States.

Aside from a busy career as a freelancer, Drew also maintains an active role as a private teacher. Drew can be reached at drewhansenmusic@gmail.com.

Artie Black is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and educator based in Chicago. He co-leads the group Black Diamond, an ensemble that has been actively performing and touring since 2012. Artie can also be heard in groups led by drummer Gustavo Cortiñas, bassist Matt Ulery, trumpeter Alexander Massa, guitarist Jeff Swanson, trombonist Luke Malevicz, drummer Greg Artry, and many others in Chicago’s creative music scene. His newest projects are a collaborative trio with bassist / vocalist Katie Ernst and guitarist Matt Gold, and an apprenticeship and collaboration with Indian tabla master Sandip Burman.

Aaron Shapiro has been leading jazz ensembles for 15 years in Chicago and has showcased his compositions at many of the city's esteemed jazz venues: The Green Mill, The Jazz Showcase and Andy's Jazz Club. As a sideman Aaron has shared the stage with the likes of Esperanza Spaulding and Marquis Hill. He has also recently performed as a soloist in Sao Paulo, Brazil along with multiple appearances at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Aaron has made local and national television appearances as a guitarist and performed as a member of the 2011 Grammy Jazz Ensemble.

Kitt Lyles is one of Chicago’s most distinctive bassists and composers. Born and raised in South Carolina, Lyles has cultivated an aesthetic that synthesizes his love for Southern roots music with imaginative contemporary jazz. Unafraid to channel romance and grit alike and unwilling to sacrifice the centrality of melody, Lyles draws out the bass’ most vocal personality. Through his lyrical compositional style, inspired by the musical lineage of Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington, he seeks to highlight his musicians’ unique voices as well.

Embracing a multicultural language, while investing in a variety of disciplines within the music itself, Mexican born, and Chicago based composer, bandleader, drummer, and lyricist Gustavo Cortiñas continues to surpass himself in the breadth of his work. “Cortiñas' music is uplifting, robust, melodic, and gets your body moving; it's an exciting blend of the artist's musical influences from jazz and Latin America, including his native Mexico" (DOWNBEAT). This can be heard on his four records as a leader, "Snapshot"(2013), "ESSE" (2017) “Desafío Candente”  (2021),  “Kind Regards / Saludos Afectuosos” (2022) and “Live in Chicago” (2024), “the culmination of a decade’s worth of music” (The Arts Fuse). “Cortiñas and band revel in a live setting. They not only demonstrate their intimate knowledge of the compositions but express their evident joy at melding their musical skills with Cortiñas’s continuing commitment to encouraging social change through music.”

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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