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Merrimans' Playhouse

Ryan Devlin Trio

Returning to Merrimans’ Playhouse, Ryan Devlin brings his trio project. They will be playing a mixture of American Songbook standards and originals that capture their individual voices and friendship on and off the bandstand. This concert is part of our Student Performance Series.

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Ryan Devlin Trio
Ryan Devlin Trio

Time & Location

Mar 18, 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. Concert end time is only an estimate.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation (2020-2021 and 2021-2022 season). 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.

Our Student Jazz Performance Series presents Ryan Devlin and his trio project!

Ryan Devlin - saxophone

Michael Santos - bass

Charlie Edwards - drums

Ryan Devlin and Michael Santos have been playing together since their time at the University of Central Florida starting back in 2018. They now frequently tour together between their graduate classes at New England Conservatory and Ball State University.  Ryan and Michael have always shared a synergy on stage no matter the group dynamic. They will be playing a mixture of American Songbook standards and originals that capture both of their individual voices and friendship on and off the bandstand.


Ryan Devlin is a 25 year old saxophonist and private woodwind instructor living in Boston, MA, currently attending the New England Conservatory for his Master's Degree. Devlin started his musical journey with his father Scott Devlin who was the leader of the Walt Disney World Sax Quartet. Music was always in the house when Ryan was a child. Scott was always teaching lessons or practicing for his next gig. Ryan was immediately interested and asked his Dad to teach him saxophone around age 9, after playing piano for 3 years. Since then Ryan has been practicing, gigging and teaching everyday!

Ryan has been a member and featured soloist in ensembles such as The Florida All State Jazz band, The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orlando Jazz Orchestra, The Seaworld Saxophone Quartet and the UCF Flying Horse Big Band just to name a few. Ryan is also the 2017 winner of the Central Florida Jazz Society and was runner up in 2017 Bob Washington Jazz scholarship competition.

Ryan also has also taken lessons with world class musicians Jerry Bergonzi, Chad Lefkowitz Brown, Alain Bradette, Lucas Pino and Airmen of Note saxophonist Tedd Baker. Ryan has also performed with world class musicians like trumpeter Terell Stafford. Noted saxophonists Dick Oatts, Jerry Bergonzi, Chad Lefkowitz Brown, Jerry Weldon, bassist Gene Perla and drummer Adam Nussbaum just to name a few!

“ Ryan Devlin is a ferocious young tenor player! I’m excited to see what the future holds for his music and career. ” - Chad Lefkowitz Brown (Grammy winning Saxophonist)

“if Steve (Grossman) was alive today, that would have been how he would've sounded." - Petter Wettre (Author of “Live at the Lighthouse Omni Book”)

“Ryan Devlin posses a relentless fire and drive in his playing. He knows his muse, but it’s clear to anyone listening, his sound is becoming his own.” - Lucas Pino (NYC saxophonist)

Bassist Michael Santos comes from the West Palm Beach area. He studied with guitarist Neil Bacher throughout his high school career and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida, studying Jazz Bass under Richard Drexler. His all time favorite bassist is the one and only Ray Brown, who heavily influences the way he plays.

In 2017, he was awarded a scholarship to play bass in the Michigan State University Big Band Symposium where he studied with Rodney Whittaker, Diego Rivera, Michael Dease, Xavier Davis, Etienne Charles, and Randy “Uncle G” Gelispie. He's performed with The Flying Horse Big Band and has played The Golden Triangle Jazz Festival, The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, and The New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival. He's played with saxophonist Dick Oatts, saxophonist Dave Liebman, saxophonist Jerry Weldon, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz Brown, trumpeter Terell Stafford, trumpeter Dan Miller, saxophonist Jeff Rupert, pianist Per Danielsson, drummer Marty Morell, drummer Adam Nussbaum, drummer Duffy Jackson, singer DaVonda Simmons, and singer Stephanie Nakasian.


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