We have suspended our events, including Open Sessions, for the next 8 weeks. We will re-evaluate the situation by May 1, 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. New restrictions for gatherings of more than 10 people who may be potentially in a higher-risk category (over 65 years) were added to the current guidelines by the CDC. The IN Dept. of Health state that all smaller non-essential gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of at least 6 feet between participants should be postponed or cancelled. This is to reduce the risk of spreading the Coronavirus disease in our community, and so is preventive in nature. We will continue to monitor health guidelines and will keep you updated as things evolve. We plan to reschedule cancelled concerts. 

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


Karl Smith


Mike Finnerty


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