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Elaine Dame at Merrimans' Playhouse

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$15 General
$10 Student (with ID)

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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!

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The Elaine Dame Trio - Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

Saturday, September 16, 2017
8:00 pm, doors open at 7:30.

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

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Join us for a special tribute concert to Ella Fitzgerald!

"Since 1996, the woman Time Out Chicago calls "a jazz dynamo" and "a gem in the city's vocal jazz scene" has been turning heads and capturing attention at the nations finest clubs and venues. From her regular appearances at The Rainbow Room in New York to headlining venerable Chicago jazz venues like The Jazz Showcase to her upcoming appearance at the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival, Elaine's is a career spent at the heart of swinging, joyful and sophisticated jazz.

Elaine Dame - vocals
Sam Peters - bass
Dennis Luxion - piano

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Elaine Dame to perform at Merrimans' Playhouse

Elaine Dame to Perform at Merrimans' Playhouse


Elaine Dame Trio, with Dennis Luxion,  to perform at Merrimans' Playhouse




The Artists


Elaine Dame

Elaine's sophomore recording "You're My Thrill" was released on December 1st, 2014 and is already garnering rave reviews. Neil Tesser, Grammy award-winning writer and author,The Playboy Guide to Jazz said this: "Elaine possesses an exacting, exhilarating command of melodic lines and emotional currents. It helps that she has pinpoint intonation: in performance, I don't believe I've ever heard her miss her mark, even on difficult leaps or drops in a melody line. But she handles those intervals with a dancer's grace and a nuanced attack, which allow the line to unfold seamlessly. She floats through a melody without any apparent effort; to appreciate her musicianship, listen to most other singers handle the same material (you can practically hear them sweat). And Dame's phrasing manages to wed an improviser's expressiveness with a welcome fidelity to the words and their meaning. I think if a saxophone could speak, it might sound like this."


Dennis Luxion

Luxion traces his musical outlook to his experiences at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in the early 1970?s. While studying classical piano with Soulima Stravinsky student Roger Shields, Luxion was an active member of the local jazz community and was strongly influenced by its openness and eclecticism. Although he continued to principally study and play jazz, it was at that time that he developed a broader interest in music. This led to his subsequent studies of classical composition with Frederic Rzewski, Philippe Boesmans and George Flynn; of East Indian music with Swami Nada Brahmananda; of Latin drumming with Geraldo de Oliveira; and of West African drumming as a member of the Chicago Gahu Club under the tutelage of Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie.

After briefly living in Chicago, Luxion moved to Europe and was quickly integrated into the international jazz scene. Soon after arriving in Belgium in 1979, he was introduced to Chet Baker by local saxophone legend Jacques Pelzer. This led to a lengthy musical association: between 1979 and 1983, Luxion made a number of recordings, television and radio appearances, and tours throughout Europe with Baker. This collaboration introduced him to musicians and audiences throughout Europe. Since coming back to Chicago in 1985, Luxion has been active as a performer, composer/arranger and educator. He has worked with Jackie Allen, Steve Allen, Gilad Atzmon, the Brazilian music group Batida, Conte Candoli, Pete Christlieb, Carla Cook, Diane Delin, Jon Eardley, Von Freeman, Bill Frisell, George Garzone, Dusko Goykovich, Fareed Haque, Sheila Jordan, Morgana King, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacey, Howard Levy, Garrett List, Wilbur Little, Bob Mover, Sal Nistico, Houston Person, Claudio Roditi, Tony Scott, Woody Shaw, Archie Shepp, Gunther Schuller, Judy Silvano, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, Leon Thomas, Barney Wilen, and James Woode, among others. He served as exclusive arranger and musical director of the Jazz Fauré Project for its debuts in New York and Chicago and as musical arranger for Spider Saloff?s tribute to Chet Baker, Deep In A Dream, featuring Oscar Brown, Jr., and author James Gavin. In 2012, Luxion toured Southern Africa (Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Angola) with the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet as part of the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program administered by Jazz at Lincoln Center for the US State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

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