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Thu, Mar 07


Merrimans' Playhouse

José Gobbo Trio

Celebrating the trio's new release, "Current". Brazilian guitarist-singer José Gobbo is showcased on a charming set of new music. With lyrics provided by Deuler Andrade, Gobbo performs seven thoughtful originals.

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José Gobbo Trio
José Gobbo Trio

Time & Location

Mar 07, 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.

Celebrating the trio's new release, "Current".  Brazilian guitarist-singer José Gobbo is showcased on a charming set of new music. With lyrics provided by Deuler Andrade, Gobbo performs seven thoughtful originals.

José Gobbo - guitar/vocals

Simon Ciaccio - bass

Neil Hemphill - drums

José Gobbo is an adventurous guitarist whose playing is filled with subtle creativity and an appealing performer whose conversational vocalizing sounds as if he is singing directly to each listener. With stimulating accompaniment by bassist Max Beckman and drummer Jay Ferguson, José Gobbo performs seven of his compositions on Current that were recently given lyrics by Deuler Andrade. Throughout each performance, the interplay between the players is quite impressive with the three musicians often thinking as one. Gobbo often sings in unison with his guitar before taking adventurous solos that are both melodic and full of original ideas.

Beginning with the spirited “Mais Feliz,” the guitarist-singer performs “Dia Das Criancas” (which has a particularly rewarding guitar solo), “Perdido Na Correnteza” (a stirring performance with powerful drumming), the playful three-note patterns of “Clareou,” the medium-tempo ballad “Father’s Day,” the charming waltz “Toda Simpatia,” and a happy straight ahead closer called “Hope.”

José Gobbo was born in Brazil and moved to Iowa City in 2011 to pursue a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance. He made his recording debut as a leader in 2013 with Zé, appeared on John Rapson’s The Night Sky and Turquoise Sea, and was part of the local music scene. In 2014 he moved to Illinois where he has been an important musical force ever since. Among Gobbo’s musical activities have been working with the Chip Stephens Organ Trio (with whom he recorded Transgressions) and the Brad Wheeler Quartet, recording Live From Home with the House Trio, becoming an important educator, and performing with Chip McNeill, Tito Carrillo, Larry Gray, Jim Pugh, and Ron Bridgewater. In 2022 José Gobbo formed his trio with Jay Ferguson and Max Beckman and they have worked regularly ever since. Current is the group’s first recording and is filled with colorful music that memorably showcases the musical talents of José Gobbo as a guitarist and a singer.”

Simon Ciaccio is a driven and active musician around Chicago. He has been playing in musical groups spanning several genres including jazz, blues, soul, etc. since he was 17 years old, always fulfilling his role as a supportive bassist. The DePaul school of music graduate has studied under some of Chicago’s most well renowned musicians and educators, and hopes to use this experience and his love of music to connect with listeners. Simon is thrilled to be in the middle of two powerhouse musicians, Neil and Jose, whose musicianship always keeps him inspired and on his toes.

Neil Hemphill is a Professional Jazz Drummer living in Chicago. Originally from Colorado Springs, CO he began playing drums at the age of 16 where he studied under Henrique De Almeida. After graduating from Fort Lewis College with a bachelors in Music Performance Neil moved do Denver where he played, toured and recorded with Jeff Jenkins, Greg Harris, Greg Gisbert, Ken Walker and many others. In 2015 He moved to Chicago where he has had the opportunity to play, record and tour with Bobby Broom, Richard Johnson, Sharel Cassity, Dennis Carroll, Geof Bradfield, Black Diamond, Greg Ward and many others. Neil is currently completing his Masters degree in Jazz Performance at Depaul University where he is studying under Dana Hall.

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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