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Fri, Jul 14


Merrimans' Playhouse

Jazz Flux

Jazz Flux is a group comprising several of Milwaukee's most active performing jazz musicians, with their unique sound from elements of hip hop, R&B, and pop while incorporating elements of those genres into its performances of traditional jazz.

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Jazz Flux
Jazz Flux

Time & Location

Jul 14, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

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 not set.

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.

Jamill Shaw - tenor sax

Clay Lyons - alto sax

Ken Koust - piano

John Tate - bass

Victor Campbell - drums

Jazz Flux is a group comprising several of Milwaukee's most active performing jazz musicians. The love of jazz has brought this group together to create and maintain one of America's great musical traditions. The group derives its unique sound from elements of hip hop, R&B, and pop while incorporating elements of those genres into its performances of traditional jazz. Along with multiple musical influences the band's performances are distinguished by the high energy the band brings; byproduct of the group’s passion for the music and friendship with one another.

The leader of the group is tenor saxophonist Jamill Shaw. Jamill has been studying Jazz since sixth grade when he started with MYSO (Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra). Jamil has studied with jazz masters including Berkeley Fudge, Aaron Gardner, Mark Davis, and Eric Jacobson.

The band also includes Berkeley graduate Clay Lyons on alto saxophone. Clay grew up in Madison Wisconsin and since his return to the Wisconsin area from years of performing internationally and in New York City has continued to perform in Milwaukee and Madison. Clay is well respected amongst his peers in the area for his mastery of the B Bop language and effortless creativity on the alto.

Ken Koust is a professional pianist with over 20 years of experience and performs as a solo pianist as well as with various regional and local band and is a favorite performer across the region! He’s performed at many prestigious, and historic venues across the country including, the Queen City Club Cincinnati Ohio, The Cincinnati Club, The Pheonix, The Hermitage Hotel Nashville TN, The Seelbach Louisville Ky, The Galt House Louisville KY, Giffin Gate Marriott Gold Resort Lexington KY Just to name a few.

Bassist John Tate has been a presence in the jazz world since he began enthusiastically gigging and attending jam sessions in Chicagoland during his undergraduate years at Northern Illinois University. In 2011, three years after earning his BA in jazz performance, he began studies at Juilliard, where he was a part of the über-select Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma band and studied under the mentorship of bassist Ron Carter—ultimately graduating with an ArtDp in jazz studies. “Ron Carter was instrumental in my development as a bassist/musician. He is the most generous of people and is dedicated to everything that he does. He would fly back from playing a week in Tokyo, get off the plane, and teach his students right after he got home. He expected nothing less than perfection from me—which required me to raise my standards for myself. I remember being underprepared for a lesson after a vigorous week of touring and I started giving excuses. He looked at me and asked, “Mr. Tate, do you want to be a bassist or a hobbyist?” I of course said “bassist” and he nodded and responded, ‘Never come unprepared again.’ Needless to say, when the most-recorded jazz bassist in history is scolding you, you listen!” John and his wife relocated from New York City to their Illinois roots, settling in Chicago.

Drummer Victor Campbell has lent his sound to many of Milwaukee’s finest musical organizations for years and is a direct link to many of the masters of Black American Music. His sound is deeply rooted in the West African and Afro Caribbean traditions. Victor’s teachers and mentors read as a who’s-who of jazz and Latin icons. He cites Freddie Waits, Richard Davis, Teddy Dunbar, Eddie Baker, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Billy Cobham, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Herman Matthews, Alan Dawson, Joey Hereida, John Santos, Chief Bey, Mamdy Keita, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Famoudou Konate, to name a few.


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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