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Sat, Jul 06


Merrimans' Playhouse

Steve Davis Trio

The trio will play a mix of standards and originals done in a unique way. The ensembles features Steve Davis on drums, Jose Gobbo on guitar, and Andrew Binder on bass.

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Steve Davis Trio
Steve Davis Trio

Time & Location

Jul 06, 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 $12 General/$6 Student. Concert is one long set. End time is approximately 9:00 pm.

The trio will play a mix of standards and originals done in a unique way.

Steve Davis - drums

Jose Gobbo - guitar

Andrew Binder - bass

Drummer Steve Davis has performed with David Liebman, Bill Evans, Richie Beirach, John Pattitucci, Walt Weiskopf, Benny Golson, Ira Sullivan, Andy Laverne and Lynne Arriale. He has over 230 recordings to his credit, including 12 of his own. In addition to his extensive touring throughout Europe and North America, Steve served on the faculty of Jamey Aebersold Jazz Clinics for 25 years and served on the faculty of the Berlin Conservatory of Music as professor of jazz studies. He has written six drum books and has conducted educational clinics throughout the world.

Steve is also a respected recording engineer in the jazz community having engineered over 300 recordings. Steve was a Visiting Artist in Residence at Indiana University and served on the faculty of the University of Southern Florida Tampa. Steve is currently on the faculty at Washington University and divides his time between freelancing and playing with his own group.

Jose Gobbo is a Brazilian guitarist and educator based in Central Illinois. He received a doctorate in jazz performance from UIUC in 2020, which culminated in the book "The Guitar Style of Toninho Horta", published by Guitar Chamber Music. Jose recorded 4 albums as a leader since 2021, besides being featured on Chip Stephen's Organ Trio album "Transgressions". That group opened a Steely Dan concert in 2019.

Bassist, Andrew Binder is a professor at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO, and a participant in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop under the direction of Alan Ferber and Andy Farber. Andrew holds a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in Jazz Performance with a cognate in Music Composition. He also holds a M.M. in Music Composition from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and B.M.A. degrees in Composition, Jazz Studies, and Double Bass Performance from Bowling Green State University. For bass, Andrew has studied jazz with Willem Von Hombracht, Jeff Halsey, Don Coffman, and Larry Gray; Classical bass under Robert Rohwer and Dr. Brian Powell. For composition, Andrew has studied with composers Stephen Taylor, Christopher Dietz, Mikel Kuehn, Marilyn Shrude, Dorothy Hindman and Lansing McLoskey. He has also received multiple lessons through residency from prestigious composers including Augusta Read Thomas, Martin Bresnick and Christopher Theofanidis. Additionally, Andrew has studied jazz composition and arranging with Scott Lavender (arranger for Johnny Mathis) and Gary Lindsay (author of the book "Jazz Arranging Techniques: From Quartet to Big Band").

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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