JAZZ OPEN SESSION

We have suspended our concerts through this spring, at least. We may not be able to open until summer, or fall. This is a very difficult time, especially for artists, and small businesses. And hopefully none of you or your friends or family are directly affected by COVID-19 illness. We plan to reschedule cancelled concerts as we can. We are still working on renovations on our new location, and will see how the year unfolds now that vaccines are available.

Given the intimacy of our venue, we want to make sure to comply with the CDC and Indiana Department of Health Guidelines to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, and protect our patrons. During this down time, we have moved to a new space downtown in the East Bank Village District at the Commerce Center Building. We are very excited about our new space which will allow us to increase our capacity, but keep the intimacy.  We will be spending March and April continuing to prepare the space, while awaiting the pandemic to slow down and allow us to resume events. 
We will emerge from this isolation with a new vibrancy!! We miss everyone and miss our concerts and Open Session camaraderie.

 

We'll see you on the other side, and we'll be back ! Keep spreading the love, and the love of jazz :)

It's open to the public.
Listen. Play. Woodshed. Discuss.
Based on Jazz Standards. 
It's a Learning Environment. 
Bring your Instrument, your Ears, your Friends.

Egos stay at the door.
 

Every Tuesday
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

(doors open at 7:30)
$5 suggested donation

 

Hosted by the Merrimans

Featuring The Merrimans' Play-House Players

Student Jazz Open Session (coming soon)

 

As an extension of our Jazz Open Session, we want to offer a Student Jazz Open Session. This would be an hour long session with the core rhythm section of Merrimans’ Play-House Players, at a separate time than our regular open session. This will allow the opportunity to have the budding jazz musician/student practice and perform with seasoned players in a non-intimidating environment. It’s important for musicians to learn how to play with other musicians in real time to really get the feel of performing jazz. Practicing at home is only part of the learning process. Playing with other musicians builds on this, not only for learning feel, timing, forms, soloing over changes, and dynamics, but also how to listen, and work with other people in a democratic way. This separate time will help build the confidence of the student, so that if the student feels comfortable, they can start sitting in with the regular Jazz Open Sessions. 

Stephen Merriman

Drums • Host

Mary Merriman

Bass • Host

Don Lerman

Saxophone

Karl Smith

piano

Mike Finnerty

saxophone

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