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Fri, Feb 09


Merrimans' Playhouse

Joe De Gregorio Trio

Giuseppe “Joe” De Gregorio will present his latest trio recording project, featuring Chicago artists, Ethan Phillion on bass and Kyle Swan on drums.

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Joe De Gregorio Trio
Joe De Gregorio Trio

Time & Location

Feb 09, 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.

Our Home Grown Series introduces our newest International Artist, now part of our community. Giuseppe “Joe” De Gregorio is an Italian jazz performing artist, pianist, vocalist, composer and producer.  He has toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa, and the United States. His sound melds jazz, Italian operatic melos, and traditional gospel. He will present his latest trio recording project, featuring Chicago artists, Ethan Phillion on bass and Kyle Swan on drums.

Giuseppe “Joe” De Gregorio - piano

Ethan Phillion - bass

Kyle Swan - drums

Trio 2024 – recording

For the past fifteen years Joe De Gregorio has been active Internationally, distinguishing himself on the jazz scene of three different continents: Europe, North Africa (Morocco) and North America (New York). He is the winnner of The Monte Carlo International competition for Jazz Soloists (2015), and also awarded with three international scholarships at renowned institutions such as: The Academy Of Music and Drama (Gothenburg, Sweden), The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (New York, USA), and The Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). He has performed at the Parco della Musica in Rome (2019), Jamboree Jazz Club (Barcelona), Sunside Jazz Club (Paris), Bravo Jazz Club (Brussels), Princesse Grace Theater (Montecarlo), at the Villa des Arts in Rabat and Casablanca (Morocco), Rockwood Music Hall (New York), Bonafide Jazz club owned by Richard Bona, (New York) and Saint Peter’s Jazz Vespers (New York). Joe is the founder of three international collectives: Paris Gospel Jam (Paris, 2012), The Gospel Jazz Syndicate (New York, 2016), and Brotherhood Afromed Jazz Collective (Casablanca, 2020).

Joe has been a bandleader of various ensembles, including his own trio, and has recorded six self-produced discs of original music. As an invested and passionate jazz educator, Joe has crafted his own revolutionary method-online course: “The Analysis, Practice & Reinvention of a Jazz motif”, bridging the teaching legacy of jazz piano master Barry Harris and Classical Composer Arnold Schoenberg.

Ethan Philion is an award-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader based in Chicago. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and DePaul University, Philion has been praised by the Washington Post for his "well-honed chops and astounding musicality” and his debut album, Meditations on Mingus, was commended as “a labor of conspicuous love and respect for a musical titan” by Downbeat Magazine. He has performed with an extensive list of jazz artists including Rufus Reid, Greg Ward, Dana Hall, Mark Feldman, Russ Johnson, Howard Levy, Ryan Cohan, Tito Carillo, Gary Bartz, Alfonso Ponticelli, Ernest Dawkins, Geof Bradfield, Dee Alexander, Mark Gross, Alyssa Allgood, Thaddeus Tukes, Victor Garcia, Mike Allemana, Mai Sugimoto, Paul Marinaro, and more.

Philion’s album Meditations on Mingus was released in 2022 and has garnered praise from publications including the Chicago Tribune, JAZZIZ, Jazzwise, WDCB, and more. Esteemed critic Neil Tesser lauded the album’s “colorful obbligatos [and] ingenious wrinkles that—along with dazzling and deeply realized performances from all—lift this album above so many of the year’s Mingus centennial tributes.” The 10 piece ensemble was one of the headlining acts of the 2022 Chicago Jazz Festival and has performed across the country. Philion’s original music quartet–featuring Greg Ward, Russ Johnson, and Dana Hall performed at the 2023 Hyde Park Jazz Festival and their debut album Gnosis will be released on October 6th.

Grammy Award winning drummer Kyle Swan has been working on mastering his craft for over 15 years. He has demonstrated true dedication to enhancing his artistry in every way. He has participated in many music festivals across the world which include the Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada, 2016), Jazz Cruise (2017), Port Au Prince Jazz Festival (Haiti, 2018), Dromos Jazz Festival (Italy 2018) Guatemala Jazz Festival (Guatemala 2019), Menorca Jazz Festival (Spain 2019), and many others. He has had the honor of playing with many esteemed artists such as, Grammy Award winning artists Brian Lynch, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Elling, and Paquito D’Rivera. He has also had the privilege of playing with other phenomenal artists such as Bobby Broom, Orrin Evans, Alex Brown, Sean Jones, Eric Reed, etc. He attained his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music from the years 2013-2018. He studied Criminology and Jazz Studies in his undergraduate degree and became the Teaching Assistant for the Jazz Drum Department during his graduate studies. As a student of the Black American Artform that is Jazz, Kyle has devoted quality time to his musical evolution, instruction, and mastery.

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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