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Merrimans' Playhouse

Kirby Fellis Quartet

This group believes deeply in the tradition of the blues and swing in the jazz diaspora. Though each member hails from different walks of life, they all display a deep connection to these roots. They push the limits to how intimately, and authentically they can dive into the spirit of the moment.

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Kirby Fellis Quartet
Kirby Fellis Quartet

Time & Location

Apr 10, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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

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About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student. Concert is one long set. End time is approximate.

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. This program is part of the Student Series since because Ben Crino is a Graduate Student at Northern Illinois University.

The Kirby Fellis Quartet is a group who believes deeply in the tradition of the blues and swing in the jazz diaspora. Though each member hails from different walks of life, they all display a deep connection to these roots. They push the limits to how intimately, and authentically a musician can dive into the spirit of the moment and wish to share this endeavor throughout the world.

Kirby Fellis - Trombone

Paul Barrilles - drums

Ben Crino - guitar

Stefan Lenthe - bass

Kirby Fellis is a captivating Chicago based jazz trombonist, educator, arranger, and composer. He graduated from Michigan State University, and Northern Illinois University.Hailing from South Florida, Kirby has been working with award winning musicians for over a decade including in New York, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Arizona, and Indiana. As a Trombonist, He has received awards from organizations such as Jazz at Lincoln Center,Jazz Aspen Snowmass, DePauw Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Dimensions in Jazz Festival and the Elmhurst Jazz Festival. He has also worked with many award-winning individuals and ensembles such as Darius Rucker, Lewis Nash, Kurt Elling, Nate Smith, Sean Jones, James Carter, Dana Hall, Victor Garcia, Mark Busseli, Charlie Hunter, Johnny Mathis, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, and the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra. As a Jazz Educator, Kirby is a long-standing member of JEN, ITA, Birch Creek Music and CYSO (Chicago Youth Symphony Jazz Orchestra). From over a decade of educational experience, Kirby has developed a deeply rich teaching philosophy. Kirby currently serves as the Jazz Ensemble Director of Harper College in Illinois.

Paul Barrilles is a professional jazz musician based in Chicago, IL. Paul found his passion for drums when he was just five years old. The drums have been his family for three generations, and he picked up the drumsticks just like his father and grandfather did before him. Barrilles holds an undergraduate degree in jazz studies from Northern Illinois University and a master's in jazz studies from DePaul University. In addition to his schooling, Barrilles has studied with today’s master drummers such as Kenny Washington, Gregory Hutchinson, Kendrick Scott, andDana Hall.In addition to being a performing musician in Chicago’s music scene, Barrilles is an educator who maintains a private teaching studio and teaches at the Northern Illinois University summer jazz.

Ben Crino is a Chicago based jazz guitarist and the leader of the Elisha Organ Trio, which has an upcoming full-length album produced by legendary Jazz guitarist Bobby Broom. Ben has played on numerous other albums, including Odd Family by Minor Element and Along the Way by Liz Townsend. He has appeared live at the Michigan Jazz Festival, the Black Arts Festival, and the Fretboard Journal Magazine Guitar Festival, and in full-length concerts with hip hop/R&B vocalist Jessica Ivey and rap artist Allah, as well as playing live in numerous other venues. Ben is a Jazz educator and Michigan native, graduating with his Master of Fine Arts in Jazz Performance from Northern Illinois University, where he studies with Bobby Broom, in Spring 2024.

Stefan Lenthe is a jazz bassist and educator. He received a Bachelor of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied bass with Jeremy Allen and Todd Coolman. Other teachers during this time include Steve Houghton, Dave Stryker, Walter Smith III, Tierney Sutton, and John Raymond. He has performed professionally across the United States. A native of Indiana, he has played with Indianapolis stalwarts such as Frank Glover, Charlie Ballantine, Rob Dixon, and Mark Buselli. As an educator, Stefan has served as an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Indianapolis. He has taught at the Northern Illinois University summer jazz camp and at the Jazz Retreats in Nashville, Indiana. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in jazz studies at Northern Illinois University and lives in Chicago where he performs regularly.

Website/ Music Links

Kirby Fellis:

https://www.fellismusiq.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEtGINLJnGNFuVLWWi8iadA

Paul Barrilles:

https://www.paulbarrilles.com/

Ben Crino:

​​https://linktr.ee/bencrino?utm_source=linktr

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.

Tickets

  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

    $10.00
    Sale ended
  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

    $5.00
    Sale ended

Total

$0.00

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