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Merrimans' Playhouse

Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective

A contemporary jazz nonet based in Indianapolis. The group is dedicated to writing and performing new music ranging from originals to jazz standards.

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Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective
Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective

Time & Location

Nov 12, 2022, 7:30 PM

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, Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community 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. Concert support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season).

This program is part of our Student Jazz Series since some of the musicians are currently working on their degrees: Kyle Brooks (doctoral student at Indiana University), Joseph Trahan (masters student at Indiana University), Isaac Beaumont (masters student at Indiana University)

Alex Shanafelt - Director/Co-leader

Kent Hickey - Trumpet/Co-leader

Andrew Egizio - Trumpet

Andrew Danforth - Trombone

Kyle Brooks - Alto Sax

Sean Imboden - Tenor Sax

Joseph Trahan - Bari Sax

Eric Garcia - Guitar

Isaac Beaumont - Bass

Jameson Scriver - Drums


Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective @ The Jazz Kitchen, May 17th, 2022 - YouTube

Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective @ McGowan Hall, June 10th, 2022 - YouTube

Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective:

Founded in 2019, the Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective is a contemporary jazz nonet dedicated to the performance and development of the modern jazz repertoire. Based in Indianapolis, the group is composed of established local professionals and young, up-and-coming musicians who share a passion for bringing this music to our community. The ensemble is also an outlet for emerging and professional composers, arrangers, and performers, programming both original music and fresh arrangements of familiar standards. The 9ollective has enjoyed performances at historic McGowan Hall, Merrimans’ Playhouse, Chilly Water Brewing Co., and the world famous Jazz Kitchen.

Kent Hickey is an in-demand trumpet player and educator based in Indianapolis, IN. He received his undergraduate degree in jazz studies from Butler University and his master’s degree at the esteemed Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of John Raymond. Locally, Kent has played alongside some of the scene’s best including Sean Imboden, Rob Dixon, Nick Tucker, Joel Tucker, and Kenny Phelps among others. The trumpeter currently leads two of his own projects, the Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective and the Kent Hickey Trio. Previously, Kent worked as a trumpeter aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships in the Summers of 2018 and 2019. In addition to performing, Kent is also a passionate educator who strives to share his love of music with the next generation. He maintains a private studio of about 30 trumpet students at various schools in the Indianapolis area and is also the outreach liaison for the Butler Youth Jazz Program, a branch of the Butler Community Arts School. Recently, Kent was also appointed Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet at both Butler University and the University of Indianapolis.

Alex Shanafelt is the co-director, conductor, and composer for the Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective, a contemporary jazz nonet based in Indianapolis with a mission of playing original charts and arrangements by local musicians. The 9ollective has enjoyed performances across Indiana, including Merriman's Playhouse, the Taggart Amphitheater, and Indy's own The Jazz Kitchen. Additionally, the group recently released their debut album “illuminate” in October 2022.  Alex is also one of the co-founders of the Contemporary Art Music Project (CAMP), a non-profit organization that promotes innovative new music by collaborating with living composers and performing artists from around the world.  At CAMP, Alex helps to administrate their annual international music festival, CAMPGround, as well as leading the development of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary undergraduate education program called The Artist Orchard.

Andrew Egizio is a freelance trumpet currently residing in Chicago, IL. His expertise is in the area of jazz and similar genres. In his formative years he quickly became a fixture in Saint Charles's jazz scene when a group that he co-founded, started playing at many restaurants throughout the area. Egizio is a 2020 graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, Summa Cum Laude, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies, with a minor in Finance. He has also been able to perform with musicians such as Donny McCaslin, Dave Douglas, Rodney Whitaker, and Nicholas Payton, among others.

Andrew Danforth is a proud product of the Indianapolis jazz scene. He is an active trombonist, composer and educator in multiple genres. Throughout his career he has performed and recorded with world class artists including the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Steve Allee Big Band, Sean Imboden Large Ensemble, The Temptations, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and National Repertory Orchestra.

Kyle Brooks is a saxophonist hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, currently residing in Bloomington, Indiana. A product of musical influences that span from John Coltrane to Stevie Wonder, Brooks has spent his budding career traveling the midwest far and wide in pursuit of musical expression and experience. Brooks has collaborated and performed with notable musicians and organizations including Third Shore Collective, Shayna Steele, Diane Schuur, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, and Evansville Philharmonic, among others. Kyle currently works as a saxophonist, composer, and educator in many different facets of music.

Sean Imboden is an American saxophonist and composer. Sean toured internationally for many years with various Broadway productions, and as a featured soloist with Blast II. He has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Idina Menzel, and Slide Hampton. Sean currently leads three distinct groups, each with a unique sound which feature his original compositions: a trio, a sextet, and a 17-piece large ensemble. He is also a member of Tucker Brothers, Indy Saxophone Quartet, Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective, and Butler Generations Ensemble. Sean teaches at Butler University, Ball State University, and online through his Virtual Studio.

Joseph Trahan is a saxophonist and composer based in Bloomington, Indiana. He recently received his Jazz Studies degree from the University of North Texas, where he studied under Brad Leali. During his time at UNT, Trahan spent two semesters as a member of the GRAMMY nominated One O’Clock Lab Band under the direction of Alan Baylock. Trahan has had the privilege of sharing the stage with great artists like Gary Smulyan, Tom Harrell, Christian McBride, and many others. He is currently pursuing his Masters at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is the band leader of experimental jazz project “Seismic Serpent”.

Eric Garcia is a freelance performer, educator, and composer based in Indianapolis, IN. Though he is trained in jazz, he explores wide varieties of genres and soundscapes to meet the needs of the moment. As an artist, he always does his best to push music forward while paying homage to artists of the past, as well as provide the Indianapolis community with high-quality performance and instruction in jazz and other genres.

Isaac Beaumont is a bassist out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Isaac can be seen regularly on the Indy jazz scene performing at various prominent venues such as The Jazz Kitchen, The Chatterbox, The Blockhouse among others. Isaac received his B.M in Jazz Studies from Butler University and is currently completing his M.M in Jazz Studies at Indiana University Jacob's School of Music.

Jameson Scriver is a drummer and composer in Chicago, IL. He has performed in Chicago venues like the Green Mill, The Hungry Brain, and Elastic Arts. His quartet, “Reckoner” combines indie rock, Brazilian, and jazz. He has earned composition awards from ASMAC, JEN, and Ithaca College.


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student

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