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Fri, Mar 01

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Merrimans' Playhouse

Paul Hecht & Friends

Pianist Paul Hecht returns to Merrimans’ with an expanded group featuring his Pyrography trio (with Gustavo Cortiñas on drums and Ben Dillinger on bass) as well as a remarkable horn section that includes James Davis on trumpet and Michael Hudson-Casanova on alto saxophone.

Paul Hecht & Friends
Paul Hecht & Friends

Time & Location

Mar 01, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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

About the Event

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

Paul Hecht & Friends at Merrimans’ Playhouse

Pianist Paul Hecht returns to Merrimans’ with an expanded group featuring his Pyrography trio (with Gustavo Cortiñas on drums and Ben Dillinger on bass) as well as a remarkable horn section that includes James Davis on trumpet and Michael Hudson-Casanova on alto saxophone. This performance will mark the opening of Merrimans’ new coffee house, Culture Café. So now enjoy an expanded array of refreshments with Merrimans’ array of high-quality jazz performers!

Paul Hecht - piano

Gustavo Cortiñas - drums

Ben Dillinger - bass

James Davis - trumpet

Michael Hudson-Casanova - alto saxophone

This performance will feature the five musicians in various configurations, playing a mixture of compositions by Hecht and others, celebrating their growing friendship and musical partnership. Also on March 1, Michael Hudson-Casanova releases a new live recording of his working trio, with Eric Skov on guitar and—again! —Gustavo Cortiñas on drums. And Hecht will be releasing later this year a recording featuring the rest of the musicians on tonight’s performance. So: much to celebrate.

Hecht first appeared at Merrimans’ with a fiery quartet playing the music of Mark Feldman, and has since returned in support of other musicians, and presented his original music with Dillinger and Cortiñas. Hecht performs regularly throughout the Midwest, with groups based in Chicago and Eau Claire, WI. Hecht’s background is unusual: he had a career as an English professor before moving into music full-time in 2020. Hecht’s book about English poetry at the end of the sixteenth century, What Rosalind Likes, was published in 2022 by Oxford University Press. He continues to write on various subjects, mostly musical, on his Substack, ZLR.

Substack: https://pauljhecht.substack.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paul.hecht.7

Instagram: @pauljhecht

Webpage: https://pauljhecht.com/blog/

Book: What Rosalind Likes

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
  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

    $5.00

Total

$0.00

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