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Thu, Feb 08


Merrimans' Playhouse

Javier Red Trio on Monk

The trio presents a performance centered around Thelonious Monk's compositions. They skillfully meld Monk's distinct rhythmic nuances with their own improvisational styles, creating a captivating musical experience.

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Javier Red Trio on Monk
Javier Red Trio on Monk

Time & Location

Feb 08, 2024, 7:30 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. Concert is one long set. End time is approximate.

Comprising Javier Red on piano, Dan Thatcher on bass, and Tim Davis on drums, the trio presents a performance centered around Thelonious Monk's compositions. They skillfully meld Monk's distinct rhythmic nuances with their own improvisational styles, creating a captivating musical experience.

Javier Red - piano

Dan Thatcher - bass

Tim Davis - drums

Javier Red, a Chicago-based jazz pianist, leads the unconventional jazz band "Javier Red's Imagery Converter" with two critically acclaimed albums. "Ephemeral Certainties" was selected in the 2019 NPR Jazz Critics Poll. They recently released "Life & Umbrella," praised by publications like Chicago Reader, Jazziz, and All About Jazz.  

Javier Red was born and raised in Mexico City, and in 2015 he moved to Chicago. Although he has had key musical mentors in his career, Javier is mainly self-taught. He believes that music inspires, connects people with themselves or with each other, and is a never-ending journey of self-discovery, exploration, challenges, creativity, and growth. In 2001 he founds -together with Jose Gurria (L.A. Gurrisonic Orchestra)- Ethos Trio, with whom they were enrolled in several international performances, such as the International Festival Meet in Beijing in China, and the Washington Kennedy Center Celebrating Mexico among others. They also frequently had Michael Caldwell (California State University senior faculty fellow) as a special guest with whom they performed in Mexico and USA. He was part of Papabetos; Mexican Big Band, with featured invited artists such as Kiyoshi Kitagawa in the bass. In 2006 he met Matt Davis (NY based Guitar player & Manhattan School of Music guitar faculty member). They started creating and presenting their music in New York, Philadelphia and Mexico City, recording a Duo Album En Nuestros Viajes, which was ranked as one of the best 2011 Albums by Tome to the Weather Machine. He has played in some of the most important venues in Mexico, such as Palacio de Bellas Artes and CENART, as well as important venues around the world such as Beijing Haidan Centre, Washington Kennedy Center, and Notre Dame University DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. He has been invited for multiple festivals such as Eurojazz, Festival Cervantino, Havana-Cuba Jazz Festival, and Lima Jazz Festival among others. His Chicago-based band Imagery Converter has performed in several Chicago and Midwest Jazz venues, been very well received. In 2019 they released their first album Ephemeral Certainties with the iconic Chicago label Delmark. Javier was recognised as newcomer of the year by El Intruso 2019 International Poll, as well as the new album was selected by NPR 2019 Jazz Writers as the third Debut album of the year. Cerebral and stimulating music..lyrical and wistful (Chicago Jazz Magazine) Outstanding Musician… (La Jornada Mexico) Awesome soloing skills… (Tome to the Weather Machine, US) Deep sensitivity ... (All About Jazz)

Daniel Thatcher, a versatile bassist/composer/improviser, has been a prominent figure in Chicago's music scene for nearly two decades. He leads ensembles like Waterwheel and Storytime and collaborates with various original music groups. His sensibilities encompass the broader spectrum of traditional and modern music, which allows him to move freely between the worlds of jazz and improvised music, contemporary classical, and experimental rock music.

Originally from Munich, Germany, Daniel began honing his musical skills at an early age at the piano and on guitar before eventually turning to the bass, which quickly became his primary musical voice. Daniel received his Bachelor’s degree in classical performance from Western Michigan University, where he was also heavily involved in the jazz program. Since moving to Chicago in 2002, he has been an active contributor to Chicago’s jazz and creative music scene.

Daniel regularly contributes his rich sound and composing voice to a wide array of unique musical projects, such as Casey Nielsen’s Lapis Trio, Lucas Gillan’s Many Blessings, the Carl Kennedy Trio, James Davis’ Beveled, Cameron Pfiffner’s Marco Polo, Origin of Animal, and Diana and the Dishes.

Tim Davis, a skilled drummer from Kansas City, Missouri, has been a fixture in Chicago's jazz scene since 1992. He has performed with notable artists and contributed to recordings such as Curtis Fuller's "Up Jumped Spring. He’s also worked with the Nat Adderly Quintet, Mose Allison, Randy Brecker, Von Freeman, Steve Cardenas, Richie Cole, Kurt Elling, Herb Ellis, Von Freeman, Barney Kessel, James Moody, Tiny Tim, and Bill Watrous. He performs with many Chicago jazz artists including Steve Million, Jim Gailloreto, Dennis Luxion, Jeremy Kahn and is resident drummer for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Tim can be heard on several CDs, with Curtis Fuller Bob Lark and the Steve Million Trio, and Mike Jones. An alumnus of the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Tim has taught there, at the Charlie Parker Academy for the Performing Arts, and Concordia University.

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.


  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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