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Fri, May 05


Merrimans' Playhouse

Jose Gobbo Trio Featuring Olivia Van Goor

Vocalist, storyteller, and lyricist, Olivia Van Goor, a young performer with an old soul, joins Brazilian guitarist Jose Gobbo and bassist Andrew Binder for an intimate jazz trio performance.

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Jose Gobbo Trio Featuring Olivia Van Goor
Jose Gobbo Trio Featuring Olivia Van Goor

Time & Location

May 05, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, Suite 135, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student. Concert end time is only an estimate.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation (2020-2021 and 2021-2022 season). 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.

Jose and Andrew will be interpreting Olivia's arrangements and tunes from Olivia's book in their own unique way - Jose specifically bringing his smooth and clear guitar playing combined with knowledge of jazz, Brazilian music, and bebop tradition to breathe a different sound into her music. Andrew plays with Jose regularly and always backs him up with a solid foundation.


Olivia Van Goor - vocals

Jose Gobbo - guitar 

Andrew Binder - bass 

Olivia Van Goor is a Detroit-based jazz vocalist, arranger, composer, and educator. She released her debut EP, “When The Shadows Fall”, showcasing her talents as a vocalist, arranger, storyteller, lyricist, and bandleader. She's is a young performer with an old soul influenced by swing and bebop jazz from the mid-20th century. Music is undeniably a part of her identity, her voice being the instrument she communicates with. She draws from the Great American Songbook and other jazz standards in a way that is beyond replicating what has already been done before. Each and every performance and recording exemplifies a rich understanding and musicality that is uniquely her own while still paying tribute to jazz tradition and the ones who created it. She has built a reputation for not only being an excellent vocalist, but a creative force not to be reckoned with. Her hard work has yielded two EPs, first “When the Shadows Fall” in 2021 and the second being “Don’t Be Mad At Me” in August of 2023. These recordings have taken her to tour in surrounding major cities. Additionally, she  received nominations for Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2021 by the Detroit Music Awards, Outstanding Vocalist in 2023, and recognition by many Michigan-based publications. Beyond recording, she has produced the show “Duets” with vocalist/bassist Reuben Stump exploring the history of vocal jazz duets and some of her own arrangements as well as an “Anita O’Day Tribute” in which she pays tribute to the legendary vocalist Anita O’Day. With that said, she is looking forward to realizing more of her artistic visions. Olivia continues to collaborate with Michigan leaders in jazz in addition to surrounding midwest musicians to spread musical joy.

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Jose Gobbo is a Brazilian jazz guitarist. He moved to Iowa City in 2011 to pursue his master's degree in Jazz Performance, and soon took a leadership role in the city's musical scene. His debut album as a​ leader was released in 2013, titled “Zé“, featuring Brazilian legendary multi-instrumentalist Roberto Sion. Other activities during that time include performances at the Iowa City Jazz Festival, International clarinet convention with Dr. Maurita Marx, John Rapson's recording of  “The Night Sky and Turquoise Sea”. Moving to Illinois in 2014, Jose kept a busy a performance schedule while pursuing his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, which he completed in 2020. He appears regularly with the Brad Wheeler Quartet and the Chip Stephens Organ Trio, which opened the Steely Dan concert and recorded the album "Transgressions" in 2019. In 2020 Jose co-founded The House Trio with Ben Taylor and Nikola Djokic, which performed 52 consecutive weekly live streams on their YouTube Channel, and recorded the album "Live From Home", featuring 10 of Jose's original compositions. Jose also performs with his UIUC mentors Chip McNeill, Tito Carrillo, Larry Gray, Jim Pugh and Ron Bridgewater. In 2018, Jose was a finalist at Chicago's Luminarts Jazz Competition, wining popular vote, and was a semi-finalist at Milwaukee's Wilson Center Guitar. He recently enjoyed the position of Artist In Residency at Allerton Park in Monticello, IL, which culminated on the solo album "Allerton Park Suite".

Andrew H. Binder is a bassist and composer from St. Louis, Missouri, currently Adjunct Professor at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO, and a participant in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop under the direction of Alan Ferber and Andy Farber. Andrew holds a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in Jazz Performance with a cognate in Music Composition. He also holds a M.M. in Music Composition from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and B.M.A. degrees in Composition, Jazz Studies, and Double Bass Performance from Bowling Green State University. For bass, Andrew has studied jazz with Willem Von Hombracht, Jeff Halsey, Don Coffman, and Larry Gray; Classical bass under Robert Rohwer and Dr. Brian Powell. For composition, Andrew has studied with composers Stephen Taylor, Christopher Dietz, Mikel Kuehn, Marilyn Shrude, Dorothy Hindman and Lansing McLoskey. He has also received multiple lessons through residency from prestigious composers including Augusta Read Thomas, Martin Bresnick and Christopher Theofanidis. Additionally, Andrew has studied jazz composition and arranging with Scott Lavender (arranger for Johnny Mathis) and Gary Lindsay (author of the book "Jazz Arranging Techniques: From Quartet to Big Band").

Some of his accomplishments include winner of the 2018 Ensemble Ibis Competition Graduate division for his piece Brux, winner of the 26th Annual Craig's Keyboards/UT Young Composer's Competition. Andrew had works performed by new music groups Dal Niente, Ritual Action, and Ensemble Ibis; works read by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and members of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra; Finalist in the 2014 Douglas Wayland Chamber Competition Graduate Division; Arrangements recorded and/or performed by University of Studio Jazz Band, Miami Vocal Jazz Ensemble, University of Illinois' Concert Jazz Band and Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Andrew has participated in the Charlotte New Music Festival and the Dal Niente + DePaul Summer Residency for New Music. Andrew has performed in a wide variety of groups with high caliber musicians. Some notable musicians he’s performed with include Chip McNeill, Joel Spencer, Tito Carrillo, Larry Gray, Chip Stephens, Mark Tonelli, Jose Gobbo, Dave Stone, and Tammy McCann. A few groups include Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra, Ibis New Music Ensemble, and Bowling Green New Music Ensemble. Andrew has also worked for Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Little Theatre on the Square, and Adirondack Performing Arts Fellowship. Additionally, he's an in demand bassist with jazz groups and R&B/popular music groups.


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