JAZZ OPEN SESSION

We have suspended all our events through April. We will re-evaluate the situation in May to update our events. 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. We will continue to monitor health guidelines and will keep you updated as things evolve.

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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