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Thu, Jul 11

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Merrimans' Playhouse

Max Johnson 3

For this concert, Max Johnson presents his incredible new trio with Neta Raanan on tenor saxophone and Eliza Salem on drumset, exploring Johnson’s newest compositions inspired by the innovations of great jazz composers Charles Mingus, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, and Thelonious Monk.

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Max Johnson 3
Max Johnson 3

Time & Location

Jul 11, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

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

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About the Event

TICKETS are $12 General/$6 Student. Concert is one long set. End time is approximately 9:00 pm.

For this concert, Max Johnson presents his incredible new trio with Neta Raanan on tenor saxophone and Eliza Salem on drumset, exploring Johnson’s newest compositions inspired by the innovations of great jazz composers Charles Mingus, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, and Thelonious Monk.

Max Johnson - bass

Neta Raanan - tenor saxophone

Eliza Salem - drums

www.maxjohnsonmusic.com

/maxjohnsonmusic on facebook, @maxjohnsonmusic on instagram

Video:

https://youtu.be/7GtOkHCDieY

https://youtu.be/7Ba7Q3dFZUI

Described as “an intrepid composer, architect of sound and beast of the bass…” (Brad Cohan, NYC Jazz Record) composer, bassist, and improviser Max Johnson is one of the most prolific music makers in the jazz, bluegrass, and contemporary classical worlds. Johnson has released nearly 20 albums and performed over three thousand concerts internationally with artists like Anthony Braxton, Geri Allen, Mary Halvorson, David Grisman, Tyshawn Sorey, Ingrid Laubrock, Henry Grimes, Candido Camero, Sam Bush, Nels Cline, and many more. He has composed commissions for the Jerome Foundation, Society of Composers Inc, University of Glasgow, has been featured on over seventy albums, and can be heard in Spike Lee’s Academy Award winning film, “The BlacKkKlansman”. Max is a PhD Student at University of Pennsylvania.

Neta Raanan is a tenor saxophonist and composer raised in New Jersey. In her youth she was entranced by the music of Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman and many more. Neta was mentored by musicians across the New York/ New Jersey jazz scene, ranging from teachers who discussed avant guard approaches to teachers who had played with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey and more. These artists conveyed the virtuosity and meaning of the music opening a path for Neta and her peers to explore and appreciate the music on a heartfelt level. Neta continued to nurture her musicianship during her years living in Boston where she performed with Jason Palmer and began leading her own band at Boston’s oldest jazz club Wally’s Jazz Cafe. She continues her journey based in Brooklyn, composing, performing and band leading, uplifted and inspired by the abundant and creative music community.

Eliza Salem is an in-demand drummer, educator and composer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. As a multi-faceted musician, Eliza strives to explore and reach across the many domains of creative music. Eliza has played in acclaimed performance spaces locally and nationally such as Lincoln Center, The Stone, Mezzrow, Smalls, Birdland Jazz Club, Roulette, 55 Bar, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ, the Black Cat, the Vail Dance Festival, the Gilmore Piano Festival, and the Portland Jazz Festival, among others. Since moving to New York, Eliza has taken part in multiple national and international tours including Caroline Davis’s Alula throughout the United States and Australia which featured both Chris Tordini and Noah Garabedian on bass. Eliza also toured with the Marta Sánchez trio featuring bassist Or Bareket in India, with performances at the Spanish Embassy in New Delhi and multiple venues across and outside of the city. Eliza studied and worked closely with Michael Gould, Sean Dobbins, Robert Hurst, Ellen Rowe, Marion Hayden and Andy Milne at the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Jazz Studies in 2021. Eliza is also an alumnus of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, a selective program focused on composition led by Rufus Reid, Steve Wilson, and Billy Childs.

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.

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