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Fri, Jun 14


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,

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Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra
Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra

Time & Location

Jun 14, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

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

About the Event

TICKETS are $15 General/$6 Student. Concert is one long set. End time is approximately 9:00 pm.

The Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra (aka SJJO), led by saxophonist Addison Jordan and drummer Alex Souris, is an experimental, modern jazz group formed in 2016. The two met while studying at the historied UNT music program; it was there that the founders developed their vision for an original band, designed to serve as a vehicle for exploring post bop through chordless instrumentation. Dallas stalwarts Mike Luzecky (bass), Jordan Gheen (trumpet), and Patrick Hill (alto sax) complete the orchestra’s vibrant sound.

Addison Jordan - saxophone

Alex Souris - drums

Dallas stalwarts Mike Luzecky - bass

Jordan Gheen - trumpet

Patrick Hill - alto sax

The band brings a reverence for the ancestors of the avant garde and the roots of the jazz tradition into new original compositions, creating an environment both pensive and celebratory. Drawing inspiration from the emotional scope of their lived experiences, SJJO presents dedications to loved ones alongside jubilant testimony to the power of community and resolution.

In December 2021, SJJO released their debut album "Battlegrounds Part One," with a follow up, "Battlegrounds Part Two," released shortly thereafter. In the summer of 2022, the unit received a national grant, South Arts: Jazz Road Tours, to complete a 2-week tour in support of the release of “Part Two.” The band is scheduled to release a new album in 2024 entitled “Bond With Tomorrow.” Jordan remarks, “this music represents the temporal dimensions between the present and the future.”

The Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra has performed at venues including Monks Jazz Club (Austin), The Balcony Club (Dallas), JazzStand on Abrams (Dallas), Merriman’s Playhouse (South Bend), and Elastic Arts (Chicago), sharing the bill with artists such as Caroline Davis, Kwinton Gray Project, and Rob Clearfield.

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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