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Merrimans' Playhouse

Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra

The Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra, led by saxophonist Addison Jordan and drummer Alex Souris, is an experimental, modern jazz group, based out of Denton, Texas.

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Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra

Time & Location

Jun 10, 7:00 PM – 9:00 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.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Philanthropic Services provided by grants from the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust, The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative, and the Arts Project Support Grant and Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.

The Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra, led by saxophonist Addison Jordan and drummer Alex Souris, is an experimental, modern jazz group, formed in 2016 and based out of Denton, TX. The two met as students at UNT where they shared a vision for an original band that could serve as a vehicle to explore a range of contemporary influences within the chordless context. Dallas stalwarts, Mike Luzecky (bass) and Jordan Gheen (trumpet) complete the quartet's vibrant sound.

Addison Jordan - saxophone

Alex Souris - drums

Jordan Gheen - trumpet

Mike Luzecky - bass

The band draws inspiration from the current sounds of artists such as Mark Turner and Ambrose Akinmusire, alongside the legacies of avant garde jazz artists like Ornette Coleman and Freddie Hubbard, among others. In December 2021, Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra released their debut album "Battlegrounds Pt One." The chronical, "Battlegrrounds Pt Two" will release in June 2022.

Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra has performed at venues all over Texas including The Balcony Club, JazzStand on Abrams, Andy's, and Backyard on Bell, sharing the bill with artists Caroline Davis, Rob Clearfield, For Now, and Oak Trio.

Addison Jordan is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Dallas/Ft. Worth. He is a graduate of the prestigious programs of Booker T. Washington HSPVA, University of North Texas (UNT), where he received a bachelor's degree in jazz studies and Northern Illinois University, where he received a master's in jazz studies. Starting in 2021, Addison joined the faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Earlham College teaching the jazz ensemble, theory, and history.

Addison strives to advance the legacy of jazz heroes like Sonny Rollins, Andrew Hill, and Duke Ellington through contemporary conventions. He has played at renowned venues and festivals around the USA such as The Meyerson Symphony Hall (Dallas), The Nash Jazz Club (Phoenix),  Scat Jazz Lounge (Ft. Worth), Denton Arts & Jazz Festival (Denton) and Tri-C Jazz Fest (Cleveland), Fulton St. Collective (Chicago) to name a few.

As well as leading projects like, Addison Jordan & Friends, the Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra, and Sound Sky Trio, Addison has also performed/toured with many artists including the One O'clock Lab Band, Bobby Broom, Charenee Wade, Kirk Whalum, Quincy Davis, Kenny Werner, John Beasley, Brad Leali, Chris Watson, Mike "Blaque Dynamite "Mitchell, and Bobby Sparks.

Jordan Gheen is a trumpet player from Denton, Texas. He is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and teacher. He studied Jazz Studies at University of North Texas. Studied Jazz Studies at University of North Texas.

Mike Luzecky, a native of St Louis, Missouri, is a bassist/educator currently residing in the DFW metroplex in Texas. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies in 2012 while having attended on a performance scholarship.

Since graduating, Luzecky has had the opportunity to travel, perform and/or record with a variety of artists including Alejandro Escovedo, Justin Townes Earle, Horace Bray, Kaela Sinclair (M83, Troy Sivan), Jimi Tunnell (Steps Ahead), Cas Haley, Joel Cross, Tatiana "Ladymay" Mayfield, Stockton Helbing (Maynard Ferguson), Dave Pietro, and Adam Larson to name a few, and can be found playing and recording regularly around the DFW/Austin areas with a variety of artists and projects.

He recently had the pleasure to record the film score for the 2018 release, "The Old Man and the Gun", featuring Robert Redford. The score was written by Daniel Hart (S-Town, Dark Rooms). He is a founding member and collaborator in the Denton based band TOMKAT who released their debut LP in the fall of 2017, and has been fortunate to co-lead a trio with longtime affiliate Matt Young (AMP Trio) every Sunday night at Paschall Bar on the Square in Denton, TX since the summer of 2015.

Born and raised in Denton, Texas, Alex Souris is a drummer, composer, and educator working in and around the Dallas music community. He graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Studies from the globally-recognized University of North Texas, where he was awarded a music scholarship and performed in the GRAMMY-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band. There, he studied under world class educators like Ed Soph, Quincy Davis, Jose Aponte, Alan Baylock, and Tanya Darby. While at UNT, Alex had the opportunity to perform with artists such as vocalist Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra), bassist Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa), and saxophonist Melissa Aldana, as well as Brad Leali, Dave Meder, Lynn Seaton, Tanya Darby, and Davy Mooney.

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