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Fri, Jan 07


Merrimans' Playhouse

The Levi Rozek Quintet

Our Student Jazz Performance Series presents Levi Rozek on trumpet-Registration is Closed due to COVID. ALL cancelled concerts will be rescheduled.

Registration is Closed due to COVID. ALL cancelled concerts will be rescheduled.
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The Levi Rozek Quintet
The Levi Rozek Quintet

Time & Location

Jan 07, 2022, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST

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


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student.

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.

Our Student Jazz Performance Series presents the 16-year-old trumpeter and his band. Featuring Levi Rozek on trumpet, Steve Rozek on tenor saxophone, Alberto Rosado on guitar, Darrell Tidaback on bass, and Dr. Gabe Beach on drums.

This will be Mr. Rozek’s first concert as a leader. His group will perform selections from the American song book, jazz standards, modern tunes and original compositions. Songs written by great trumpet players like Woody Shaw, Roy Hargrove and Marquis Hill will provide some of the materials for the group’s improvisational conversations. The quintet will pay homage to bebop and the classic eras of jazz that came after while striving to articulate their own voices in a modern and creative way. Rozek’s vision for the group is motivated by a quote from the jazz piano giant, Horace Silver, who said, “Compose and perform your music free of egotism and with a conscious desire to gratify the listener.”

Indianapolis based, 16-year-old trumpeter Levi Rozek was born in Newport News, Virginia and spent his early years in Philadelphia. He has grown up in a musical household where he was introduced to a wide variety of music ranging from Coltrane and Basie to Stevie Wonder and Bach.

At the age of 11 Levi chose the trumpet and has not looked back since. He has studied with Brian Hoover, Jen Siukola, his dad Steve Rozek and is currently studying with Philadelphia based trumpet player John Swana. Levi is heavily involved in his high school music program at Noblesville High School where his band directors, Bethany Robinson, Peter Luttrull and Eric Thornbury serve as valued mentors and trusted voices in his growth process.

In his short five-year career, young Rozek has progressed quickly and has gained well deserved acclaim for his performance. Levi has been selected three times for the Indiana All State Jazz Ensemble and has won numerous soloist awards at jazz festivals throughout the state of indiana.

On the National stage Levi earned the top trumpet soloist at the National Jazz Festival in 2021, was named an “Outstanding Trumpet Soloist” at the Essentially Ellington competition and was also one of six trumpet players selected nationwide to be a part of the NYO Jazz Orchestra sponsored by Carnegie Hall this past summer.

During his month long residency in New York he was able to be a part of a full length studio recording where he studied with and played next to jazz greats Sean Jones, Melissa Aldana, Tayna Darby and Wycliffe Gordon.

During his time with NYO, Downbeat Magazine commented that Rozek’s solo on Quincy Jones’ “Pleasingly Plump” was a smartly shaped solo that reflected his admiration for pianist Bill Evans.

Most recently, the high school Junior was selected as the 2022 jazz trumpet finalist for the Young Arts program. He continues to practice and draw inspiration from the likes of Bill Evans, Lee Morgan and Chet Baker and more modern players like Marquis Hill, Fabrizio Bosso and Tony Glausi. Levi aspires to become more involved in the Indianapolis jazz scene, attending summer workshops and performance programs and auditioning for music schools next year so he can pursue his passion of becoming a full-time musician.


From Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, AlbertoRosado graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico in 2012 where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Caribbean Music and Jazz Guitar Performance. Alberto studied with legendary musicians such as bassist Eddie Gomez, pianist Luis Marín, guitarist Fernando Mattina, percussionist and Grammy nominee Paoli Mejias, tenor saxophonist and Grammy winner David Sanchez and pianist Brenda Hopkins, among many others. In 2019, he completed an MBA in Music Business from Southern New Hampshire University and Berklee College of Music.

Alberto served as a full-time musician for the United States Air Force until July 2019. He started his career in Virginia, after winning a highly competitive audition in 2012. While in Virginia, he traveled the East Coast performing with the Heritage of America Band. He then moved to Japan to continue his work with the USAF Band of The Pacific-Asia. He toured all over Japan and performed in Brunei, Australia, Vietnam, Alaska, Korea, Singapore, Beijing, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Qatar, UAE (Abu Dhabi), and Jordan. While in Japan, he was sought after by Japanese musicians due to his knowledge and ease of incorporating the guitar and the Cuatro Guitar (Puerto Rico’s national instrument) in jazz and latin music.

During his career, Alberto has had the privilege of performing and/or recording with Grammy winner Olga Tañón, José Nogueras, Hannani, Grammy nominee trumpeter Charlie Sepulveda, world-renowned percussionist Freddie Miranda Jr., drummer Gerson Orjuela and his group G6, salsa singer Luisito Carrión, the Telemundo morning show "Levantate" house band-which reached millions of people throughout the United States and Latin America, world-renowned flutist Rie Akagi, percussionist Gen Ogimi (Orquesta de la Luz and Salsa Swingoza), violinist Sayaka Katsuki, pianist Miho Nakada, world-class singer Melinda Doolittle and singer-songwriter and American Idol winner Kris Allen.

In July 2019, Alberto started a new position as a Sales Engineer with the prestigious and industry-leading company Sweetwater Sound. As a Sales Engineer, Alberto uses his knowledge, experiences, and expertise to help people find the right tools to pursue their music goals and dreams. All while being surrounded by industry experts, knowledge, and constant training that continue to make him a well-rounded industry professional.


Stephen H. Rozek, an Indiana native, has been a student of music and the saxophone for over thirty years. He has spent his professional career entertaining audiences and educating students throughout the United States and parts of Asia.

In addition to his own groups and freelance experience Mr. Rozek has had the chance to collaborate and share the bandstand with several amazing artists and musical groups over the years including Eddie Daniels, Terrell Stafford, Billy Kilson, Ed Shaughnessy, Richie Cole, Ira Sullivan, Dennis Di Blasio, Brian Bromberg, Gerald Veasley, Ben Vereen, The O-Jays, The Mills Brothers, The South Bend Symphony and The Virginia Symphony.

He also served his country for eight years as a military musician with the United States Air Force where he performed for President and Mrs. Obama, members of Congress, foreign dignitaries and high ranking military officials. Rozek participated in public relations performances, troop morale concerts and was the Musical Director for the USAF’s Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.

Mr. Rozek currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music and Chair of Fine Arts at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana. He has previously been on faculty at The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, NJ), Albright College (Reading, PA) and The Westminster Conservatory (Princeton, NJ) Besides his faculty appointments over the years, Mr. Rozek has maintained an active private lessons studio teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, jazz piano and jazz improvisation. He has also given many clinics and masterclasses around the country to students of all ages covering a variety of musical topics.

Stephen has studied privately with Greg Noble, Rick Van Matre, Pat Harbison, Rich Corpolongo, Ron Kerber and Bennie Wallace. Rozek is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Jazz and Studio Music with a Concentration in Saxophone and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies.


Exploring his musical curiosity has led Gabriel Beach to inspiring concerts, students, and audiences. Receiving a Doctor of Arts in 2013 was an honor he had been working towards since 1996. He has returned to Ball State, in his hometown, many times to perform as timpanist, drum set artist and percussionist on community concerts and college faculty recitals. Presently he is focusing on composition, piano, & the wonderful students at Culver Academies.

Creative musicianship and versatility are Gabe’s musical traits. He has led and conducted a volunteer community orchestra, performed a solo marimba recital in Osaka Japan, and led performances benefiting the Little Red Door of Indiana.

While teaching in the percussion studio and jazz studies at the U. of Northern CO, Gabe received two DOWNBEAT outstanding performance awards. After graduating in 2003 (Master of Music), he accepted teaching positions in western & southern Colorado while freelancing as a drummer and percussionist. In 2001, his college Jazz Band had the honor of touring Europe, playing concerts in Vienne, Montreux, and at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague.


Darrel Tidaback is a South Bend bassist with a history of directing the IUSB Jazz Ensemble and Twin Cities Jazz Orchestra. He began his college teaching career at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas in 1990. Darrel may be heard with jazz and orchestral groups throughout the region. He has performed on more than twenty recordings including his own Time ines. Darrel holds an undergraduate degree in music from Saint Mary’s University and a Master of Music degree in string bass performance from the University of Texas, San Antonio.


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