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Sat, Dec 09


Merrimans' Playhouse

Lady T Quintet

Jazz vocalist and bandleader, Lady T/Toscanellie Marcelain features the songs of the hottest years of vocal jazz. Known to her international listeners as the “American Lady with a lot of jazz to give.”

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Lady T Quintet
Lady T Quintet

Time & Location

Dec 09, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST

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


About the Event

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


Lady T/Toscanellie Marcelain - vocals

Jim Pierce - guitar 

Dan DeLorenzo - bass 

Dennis Luxion - piano 

Todd Howell - drums 

Jazz vocalist and bandleader, Lady T/Toscanellie Marcelain has been a representative for America’s jazz at international and cultural jazz events in Europe, East Africa, West Africa and the former Soviet Union. Dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of America’s jazz, she is an active mentor, clinician and resource for the jazz community, emphasizing opportunities for young and new jazz listeners, vocalists and musicians. She organizes, presents and reports jazz events throughout the year, submitting jazz information and materials for U.S. archiving of this important occasion. Every April she is an associate for the observance of “Jazz Appreciation Month” on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution and “International Jazz Day” organized by UNESCO. Since 2012 she has been able to get Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to issue a Proclamation declaring April “Jazz Appreciation Month in Chicago” that also honors the jazz culture in Chicago. “Lady T.” is a terrific performer with a super personality! She possesses a distinctly intimate and memorable vocal style, superb musicianship, and a super personality. “Lady T.” is someone every jazz lover should know! 

Guitarist Jim Pierce has been a part of the Chicago area jazz scene for many years, including as guitarist for former Prestige recording artist, pianist John Wright. Jim is the guitarist for Yoko Noge and her ‘Jazz Me Blues Band.’ He has performed more than once in the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, as well as other local jazz events. Jim teaches guitar to new and seasoned players. He is the Music Director for Lady T’s performances.

Dennis Luxion is a jazz pianist, composer and educator. He is currently on the piano faculty of Columbia College Chicago and an active member of the Chicago jazz scene. He was introduced to Chet Baker by Belgian saxophone legend Jacques Pelzer. This led to a lengthy musical association - between 1979 and 1983, Luxion made a number of recordings, television and radio appearances, and tours throughout Europe with Baker. Dennis performs with his own trio and quintet, at the Chicago Green Mill with the ‘Green Mill Quartet,” at the Norman’s Bistro weekly jam session in Hyde Park and regularly at Chicago’s Le Piano. Among many other prominent jazz events, Dennis has performed many times in the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

Bassist Dan Delorenzo has been an important part of the Chicago jazz scene since 1978. With the Jazz Members Big Band (now the Chicago Jazz Orchestra), he accompanied Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams and Clark Terry. Delorenzo’s sideman discography includes Ira Sullivan, Bob Dogan, Franz Jackson, Paulinio Garcia and Sheila Jordan. Dan has a performance history in the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and the Elkhart Jazz Festival. He is active in the ‘Chicago Jazz Composers Collective.”

Todd Howell has been a professional drummer and educator in Chicago for over 15 years. He received his Bachelor's in music from Northern Illinois University. Since then he has performed with many of the city's top jazz artists such as Ryan Cohan, Ron Perrillo, Bobby Broom, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, vocalist Kimberly Gordon and with internationally know jazz luminaries such as Bob Mintzer and Brian Lynch. He has also recorded with artists such as Fareed Haque, Juli Wood, Jeff Morrison and guitarist Kyle Asche's acclaimed debut recording 'The Hook Up' on Origin Records. He currently teaches at Chicago area schools including Lemont High School, St. Francis College Prep in Wheaton, and Elmhurst College.

This quintet has performed with Lady T for more than ten years!

"For the joy of life - for the joy of jazz - I M P R O V I S E !"   "Lady T.'s" website:    "Lady T.'s" new CD release "T for Three" and "Speak Low" now available -   Appreciate Jazz: America's Music! America's Culture! America's History!

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

    Student Discount - College students please have ID.

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  • General

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