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Merrimans' Playhouse

The Sam Robinson Sextet

The sextet will perform straight-ahead jazz, mainly from the hard-bop/post-bop era. The band also performs original compositions in a similar style.

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The Sam Robinson Sextet
The Sam Robinson Sextet

Time & Location

Mar 25, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

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


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 members of the sextet are:

Sam Robinson – trumpet

Scott Angst – tenor saxophone

Josh Torrey - trombone

Tim Davis – drums

Gabriel Datcu – guitar

John Sutton - bass

Since 2003, Sam Robinson has played in venues all over Chicago and the Midwest. He currently leads the Sam Robinson Quintet/Sextet, which plays straight-ahead jazz, mainly from the hard-bop/post-bop era. The band also performs original compositions in a similar style. In 2019, he released his debut album, “Sweet Love of Mine,” and in 2022 his second album, “Be With Me: Live at the Eastgate Café.” According to Chicago Jazz Magazine, Robinson plays, at times, with “elegant restraint and muted tones,” and at other times with “an intelligent extemporization that has a burnished sound and simmering passion.”

For more information including YouTube footage, upcoming shows, CD information, interviews and reviews, please visit


Tenor Saxophonist, Scott Angst, studied Jazz Performance and Composition at Northern Illinois University and DePaul University. He studied saxophone with Mark Colby, Steve Duke, and Rich Corpolongo; and composition with Joey Sellers and Tom Matta. He performs in and around Chicagoland with various artists. 

Josh Torrey is a freelance low brass artist and teacher based in Chicago. Raised in upstate New York, he relocated to Chicago in the fall of 2012 following completion of a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. While attending U of I his primary teacher was Jim Pugh, and he also studied with and performed in ensembles directed by Chip McNeil, Chip Stephens, Dana Hall, and Tito Carillo. Josh has performed with U of I’s Jazz Trombone Ensemble (winners of the 2012 Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble competition) at the 2012 International Trombone Festival in Paris, France.

Since moving to the city, Josh has cultivated an active performing career in both creative and commercial music. He freelances with a wide variety of projects, and can be heard regularly with The Josh Torrey Nonet playing his original compositions; with Brooke and the Nice Things, one of Chicago’s top event and party bands; and with Blueshift Big Band and Heisenberg Uncertainty Players playing genre-bending modern music for big band. Josh has also recorded on several albums by Heisenberg Uncertainty Players, Blueshift Big Band, and Shout Section Big Band. Other career highlights include touring domestically and internationally with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (often playing Tommy’s solos), and playing trombone and tuba for the Chicago premiere of Tom Waits’ opera Woyzeck, produced by Chicago Fringe Opera. For a full list of performances and recordings, please visit

John Sutton is a bassist/composer and educator based in Chicago. His playing and writing reflect his belief in the power of simplicity and humor. Over the past 5 years, John has composed for over 15 feature length and short films as well as theme music for multiple web series and commercial projects. He has released four original film scores as albums and was featured as a soloist and composer on the 2020 album Boffo by NYC based saxophone trio The Vine Street Alternative. John has been featured on recent releases by Ryley Walker and Mikel Patrick Avery, he can also be heard on Tammy McCann’s 2014 release Love Songs (featuring Laurence Hobgood), as well as two studio albums with Rana Santacruz. He has performed at prestigious venues such as The Getty Museum, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, NYC Winter Jazz Festival, Millennium Park Pritzker Pavillion, as well as NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. He is the creator of the web series Bass Solo: a comedy show about what it means to be a musician in today’s world. To find out more, please visit:

Gabriel Datcu is a native of Transylvania-Romania and he grew up in a musical family learning classical as a teenager and later moved to study jazz improvisation. In his later teens he was requested to tour around Europe in a jazz big band and record for Radio and TV stations before he moved to US in 2000 where he was offered scholarships and opportunities to study with Fareed Haque NIU, Bob Palmieri - De Paul and bassist Steve Rodby of Pat Metheny group. Gabriel has been involved in recording CDs and performing with jazz, gospel, and fusion artists in US and abroad pacing between 300 to 400 gigs and shows every year. While attending National Guitar Jazz Summit workshops, Gabriel had opportunities study with John Scofield and Pat Metheny. In his playing, Gabriel loves to employ a stylistic variety, classical, Bossa nova, straight ahead, or any other genres which can employ improvisation abilities. Several of the venues Gabriel performed at include Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz, Chicago Theatre, Millenium Park Pritzker Stage, Chicago Jazz Fest, City Winery, House of Blues.

In addition to conducting various workshops, master classes, and performance clinics and serving as adjunct faculty at University of Missouri and Concordia University, Tim Davis has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Kansas City Jazz Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, as well as other performance venues in Germany, France, Spain and Singapore. He has performed with some of the all-time greats including Nat Adderly, Mose Allison, Randy Brecker, Nick Brignola, Steve Cardenas, RodneyDangerfield, Kurt Elling, John Fedchock, Von Freeman, Eddie Harris, Carmell Jones, Barney Kessel, Sheila Jordan,

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