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Thu, Jul 06


Merrimans' Playhouse

Kenny Reichert Quartet

“...a distinctive player and composer with wide-ranging idiomatic inklings.” — DownBeat Magazine. Kenny is known for his wide-reaching artistic vision and creativity, seeking to expand his boundaries and discover new musical horizons.

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Kenny Reichert Quartet
Kenny Reichert Quartet

Time & Location

Jul 06, 2023, 7:30 PM EDT – Jul 07, 2023, 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.

Our StudentJazz Performance Series may include musicians working towards their master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, or high school students.

Our Student Jazz Performance Series presents the Kenny Reichert Quartet. Kenny Reichert is a Chicago-based guitarist, composer, bandleader, and educator who has been described as “a distinctive player and composer” by DownBeat Magazine and “accomplished” by Textura. He is known for his wide-reaching artistic vision and creativity, seeking to expand his boundaries and discover new musical horizons.

Kenny Reichert - guitar

Ethan Philion - bass

Lenard Simpson - saxophone

Devin Drobka - drums   

Kenny Reichert is a guitarist, composer, and educator based in Chicago, IL. His music is wide-reaching and draws on an eclectic mix of influences including jazz, folk, classical, and avant-garde. Kenny is currently pursuing a MM in Jazz Studies at DePaul University and was a 2022 Luminarts Cultural Foundation Jazz Improvisation Fellow. He has performed internationally, including concerts in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Lichtenstein, and the Netherlands. Kenny has released one studio album, Interpretations, with the Kenny Reichert Quartet, and four studio albums with the folk-jazz duo Sara and Kenny. His second studio album as a leader, Deep Breath, is set to release April 2023 with Shifting Paradigm Records. 

Reichert is a seasoned performer, having shared the stage alongside many notable jazz artists in the Midwest including Russ Johnson, Geof Bradfield, Johannes Wallmann, Alyssa Allgood, Clark Sommers, Ethan Philion, Christy Bennett, Artie Black, Tony Barba, and Devin Drobka. Reichert’s second studio album as a leader, Deep Breath, was released in April 2023 with Shifting Paradigm Records. He self-released his debut album Interpretations in 2015 and has been featured on recordings such as Johannes Wallmann’s Love Wins (Fresh Sound) and Ian Ewing’s Overnight (Nettwerk Music Group).    

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 Tooks, Victor Garcia, Mike Allemana, Mai Sugimoto, Paul Marinaro, and more.

Lenard Simpson is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lenard was mostly self-taught through high school, but his natural ability and musicianship earned him accolades such as membership in the esteemed Grammy Camp Jazz Session, and an outstanding soloist award at the Mingus Jazz Competition in New York City. Lenard has had the opportunity to play and travel with artists such as pianist and composer Billy Childs, Kurt Elling, Marquis Hill, and Clayton Cameron. Lenard received a B.M in Jazz performance at Northern Illinois University. While studying at NIU, Lenard was awarded first place in Chicago’s esteemed Luminarts Jazz Competition.

Upon graduation, Lenard moved to Chicago and soon became one of the city’s top call saxophonists playing sideman to legendary local drummers, George Fludas and Charles Heath. Lenard’s trio has appeared at premier clubs and jazz festivals throughout the Chicago and Milwaukee area. Lenard recently graduated from the Thelonious Monk Institute Fellowship, which has since been renamed to the Herbie Hancock Institut where he was selected by a panel of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, James Newton and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Devin Drobka is one of the most in-demand and creative musicians in the midwest for the past 15 years. Audiences around the world have been enthralled with his wide sonic palette and limitless rhythmic possibilities on the drums. A deep love of jazz, metal, folk, hip-hop, ambient, idm, and classical music has helped shaped Devin’s unique voice and vision on the drums both as a leader and as a sideman. His highly personal and creative drumming can be heard within the realm of jazz having performed with Greg Osby, Jerry Bergonzi, Dayna Stephens, and Joe Lovano as well as indie- folk bands like Field Report and indie rappers R.A.P. Ferreira and Serengeti. Devin can be heard on over 50 albums of genre bending, original music for which he is an advocate for. Devin currently composes music for his newest group, The Devin Drobka Trio, which draws upon his love of contemporary classical music and minimalism and his multi horn group, Bell Dance Songs, which is a response to his love of Albert Ayler, Paul Motian, and Ornette Coleman. Devin’s music has been described as “sounding like nothing else in midwestern jazz” and “gorgeous, innovative.”


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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