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Thu, Jul 27


Merrimans' Playhouse

Quinn Sternberg Quartet

A fresh perspective on the Jazz tradition that is simultaneously melodic and groovy, “complex but digestible” (DownBeat Magazine), and soulful while highly interactive.

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Quinn Sternberg Quartet
Quinn Sternberg Quartet

Time & Location

Jul 27, 2023, 7:30 PM – 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.

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

Quinn Sternberg is a New Orleans bassist, composer, and bandleader originally from Bloomington, Indiana. His three albums “Weird World,” “Mind Beach,” and “Cicada Songs” draw influence from Quinn’s Midwest musical upbringing, his new home New Orleans, and contemporary musical elements. The result is a fresh perspective on the Jazz tradition that is simultaneously melodic and groovy, “complex but digestible” (DownBeat Magazine), and soulful while highly interactive. Quinn’s quartet, featuring some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, has wowed audiences at venues ranging from listening rooms to rock clubs, to festival stages with their intense live energy. The band will be touring nationally this Summer in promotion of a fourth record, "Walking on Eggshells," due out in August on Quinn's own label Mind Beach Records.

Quinn Sternberg - bass

Sam Taylor - saxophone

Seth Finch - piano

Gerald Watkins - drums


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Bassist Quinn Sternberg has been a highly in demand musician, composer and educator in New Orleans since moving from his native Bloomington, Indiana in 2016. He plays both electric and acoustic bass in a wide variety of ensembles and styles. Quinn’s musical approach relies upon providing functional and supportive bass lines, while still generating intense live energy and creative interaction. This individualistic style has made him a much sought after voice in the New Orleans scene. As a composer Quinn draws upon his Midwest musical upbringing, influences from his time in New Orleans, and from contemporary musical techniques. The result is a genre-defying sound that is simultaneously melodic, groovy, and cutting edge.

Originally from Fort Myers, FL, Sam Taylor began playing piano at the age of 4 and saxophone at 13 under the guidance of his younger brother Dylan. In high school he Studied with trumpeter Dan Miller (Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson). After high school Sam attended Florida State University and in 2017 moved to New Orleans to pursue a career in music. Sam has performed with Marcus Roberts, other international acts such as The Temptations and CTA (Chicago), and many New Orleans greats such as Jason Marsalis, Steve Masakowski and Roland Guerin just to name a few.  Sam will be a master’s student at DePaul in Fall 2023.

Seth Finch is a 21 year old New Orleans based pianist. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Seth started playing piano at age 5. A natural creative, he found himself composing at age 9 and performing original music at age 12. He attended the Juilliard School for 2 years before moving to New Orleans. Seth has traveled the world playing music internationally in places such as China, England, Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He has shared the stage with Diane Reeves, Sean Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Davis, Roland Guerin, Mimi Jones, Ashlin Parker, Quiana Lynell, Gabrielle Cavassa, John Lee, Germaine Bazzle, Simon Lott, and others.

Gerald T. Watkins Jr. is a drummer and percussionist originally from Norfolk, Va, and is now residing in New Orleans, LA. He has degrees in music from both Norfolk State University (B.S) and Florida State University (M.M). He performs locally with many of the area's finest musicians and also tours abroad. He has performed with members of the Marsalis family (Ellis, Delfeayo, and Jason), The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eric Benét, Ledisi, and many others. Aside from performing, Gerald loves to teach and mentor many New Orleans young creative minds.

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 season). 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.


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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