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Adam Smale to Perform at Merrimans' Playhouse

TICKET Information:
$10 Advanced
$13 Door
$8 Student (with ID).

Buy Tickets early, we have limited seating.


1) ONLINE - CREDIT CARD or PAYPAL: Purchase with a credit card or Paypal online using the link below. Once you've added the tickets to your cart in the Brown Paper Tickets site, click on the ORANGE "Pay via PayPal" button on the Buyer Details page, and this will take you to Merrimans' PayPal account. You will then have the option to pay with your credit card or your PayPal account. Make sure you finish all steps to receive an email receipt (even if you use your credit card, conitnue the process through our PayPal account).


2) IN PERSON: You may pay in person at the Piano Shop on 1211 Mishawaka Ave. CASH preferred. Please call 574-329-3430 to make sure we are available at the shop. You may also come in during our Monday evening Open Session (7:30 - 10:30 pm).

3) PHONE: If neither of these options work for you, please call Mary at 574-329-3430, and we will get you set up with tickets!

see more below...

Adam Smale Quartet @ Merrimans' - from 2014 (different musicians on this tour)

Posted by Merrimans' Playhouse on Thursday, October 1, 2015


Adam Smale's TYRAMID

Friday, October 2, 2015
Music begins at 8:00 pm
Doors open at 7:30 pm

"Jazz For The Common Man"... In the classic tradition of the jazz masters, guitarist and composer Adam Smale tells stories with his music. His “pen” is a personally designed 7-string guitar, wielded with both virtuosity and creativity. His tales are woven from his rich imagination stoked by a wide variety of musical influences and his latest CD, Out of the Blue fully attests to his compelling artistry. It’s his first CD since the release of his critically acclaimed Canadian release, Fun City.

Adam Smale - guitar
Sam Trapchak - bass
Evan Hyde - drums

Link to Adam's Website

Merrimans' Playhouse
1211 Mishawaka Ave.
South Bend, IN 46615

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All ages show. Come early to get a good seat. Parking available at The Farmer's Market lot, along the treeline area. Light Refreshments available. Donations appreciated. You may bring your own refreshments.



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Adam Smale to perform at Merrimans' Playhouse

Adam Smale to perform at Merrimans' Playhouse

Adam has a wide variety of influences like Chet Atkins, Albert Lee, Eddie Van Halen, Flatt & Scruggs, along with jazz guitar masters Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Tal Farlow, Jim Hall, and John Scofield, plus contemporary guitarists Alan Holdsworth and Kurt Rosenwinkel. However, it was the legendary Lenny Beau that had the greatest impact. Now throw in Charlie Parker and Bill Evans, and you might have an idea where Adam is coming from. Out of the Blue – his first U.S. CD - was released in January of 2014. Demonstrating his enormous versatility and virtuosic artistry on guitar.

“Guitarist Adam Smale plays with great authority and confidence ... keeps the focus on strong original
compositions and terrific interplay.” – Jazz Report

Adam Smale to perform at Merrimans' Playhouse


Adam Smale at Merrimans' Playhouse 2014





The Artists

TYRAMID, derived from pyramid (more accurately a tetrahedron), is the best way to illustrate the synergy that is created with this group. Each person has equal say in the musical conversation, equally sparking creativity, the ultimate “democracy.” Meanwhile, traveling ever upward, converging together, ultimately creating a palpable, intriguing, experience: A sort of musical “mind-meld” between the musicians.

"Jazz For The Common Man" is Adam’s motto. This group doesn’t play noises, squawks, and bleeps. Adam’s Jazz has a groove that you can still tap your foot to, just like classic jazz—yet still very contemporary. Each member tells a story with their instrument. Adam's “pen” happens to be a personally designed 7-string guitar, wielded with both virtuosity and creativity. Tales are woven from each member's rich imagination stoked by a wide spectrum of musical influences, but still jazz.


Adam Smale

"“Standing strong in the field of “Jazz”… Adam Smale is one of the serious devotees… an exciting new voice on the scene …take notice!” - Pat Martino

Born in 1967 in a small working class community in Northern Ontario, Adam’s musical journey been at the age of 7 when, inspired by Country and Bluegrass styles he began playing guitar. By the age of 12 he was a professional, performing in clubs, bars, community events, weddings and private parties until he left for Humber College.

During these formative years, the young guitarist immersed himself in a wide variety of musical influences, but it wasn’t until his college years that he discovered jazz, and his path took a profound turn. Rather than abandoning his roots - or his earlier influences like Chet Atkins, Albert Lee, Eddie Van Halen, Flatt & Scruggs – Adam began to forge a new direction for himself in the classic tradition of true jazz expression. Discovering a goldmine of jazz guitar masters, including Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Tal Farlow, Jim Hall, and John Scofield, along with Charlie Parker and Bill Evans, a new world of possibilities opened up for him.

But it was the music of the legendary Lenny Breau that had the greatest impact, not only in the direction of his music, but in the physical means by which he would choose to express it. Returning to the thumb-pick of his early years to employ a fingerstyle technique, Adam found his sound. To complete the process, Adam designed his own 7-string guitars and now primarily uses his speciallybuilt electric and classical guitar as his two instruments of choice.

In 1992, Smale’s public career began in earnest. Covering all genres from country to Latin, Jazz to World, over the next 15 years Adam performed all over the world, including South America, India and the Middle East, as well as numerous cross-Canadian tours. Based in Toronto, he performed consistently with his own trio and quartet featuring outstanding Canadian musicians (sometimes including renowned bassist and drummer Don Thompson and Terry Clarke) and was a regular presence at the acclaimed Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, and was featured at the prestigious Grand Prix du Jazz at the 2002 Montreal Jazz Festival. In 1996 Adam co founded the experimental ensemble Camarillo, which performed together until 2007.

The educational realm is an important part of Adam’s focus. He has conducted master classes
and seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada for Guitar Workshop Plus and the National Guitar Workshop. Adam has also written and published the book New Approach to Scales for Guitarists: A Practical Modern Direction. He received his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from Western Michigan University in 2009.

That same year Adam moved to New York City where he is now focusing primarily on his quartet. He is currently touring with the release of Out of the Blue, and ready to establish his own place in the forefront of today’s guitar masters.


Evan Hyde


Sam Trapchak


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