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Larry Brown to perform at Merrimans' Playhouse

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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.

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 Larry Brown Group

Thursday, November 20, 2014
7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00.

Larry Brown Jr. - guitar, vocal
Bill Cessna - piano
Emma Dayhuff - bass, vocal
Alfonzo Jones - drums

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

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Larry Brown Jr. to performan at Merrimans' Playhouse


Emma Dayhuff

Emma Dayhuff at Merrimans' Playhouse

Emma Dayhuff is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory’s Jazz Studies program, where she studied privately with Peter Dominguez and Eddie Gomez. She has also enjoyed additional close instruction from such jazz luminaries as Billy Hart, Robin Eubanks, Larry Gray, and Dennis Carroll.

Emma has shared the stage with Robert Irving III, Charles Heath, Paul Wertico, Frank Catalano, Don Stiernberg, Andy Brown, Kelly Ash, Perry Smith, Greg Spero, and Matthew Santos, among many others. In addition to maintaining a performing schedule, Emma is a recording engineer in the Chicago area. She is currently the acting recording engineer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Alfonzo Jones

Alfonzo Jones to performan at Merrimans' Playhouse

Alfonzo Started playing drums at the age of 2 and has not looked back since. He has gone on to play with or for world renown artist such as Martha Munizzi, Rance Allen, Danny Boy, Wynton Marsalis, Orbert Davis, Hamiette Bluette and many more. He is currently playing with New Sound, and with many more artist around the Chicago and St. Loius Area, such as, the Larry Brown group, D.O.T., and the Cooke book. Also can be found playing for both Liberty Temple Chicago and Bolingbrook.


Bill Cessna to perform at Merrimans' Playhouse

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The Artists

Young, Fiery, and Swingin’ are words associate with the Chicago based Larry Brown Group. This ensemble features bassist Emma Dayhuff, pianist Bill Cessna, with explosive drummer and Exodus Cymbal Endorsee Alfonzo Jones, and their band leader, Larry Brown Jr., on guitar, who has been paving his way to success as a musician, performer, educator. His album entitled “There Can Only Be One” is comprised of music that is fresh, innovative and captures the hearts of all music lovers, Brown’s mission is to present world-class performances that entertain and inspire.

The players in this band have individually played with the elite in jazz from Orbert Davis to Wynton Marsalis. Formed in 2009 the group has performed throughout the Midwest (Andy’s Jazz Club Chicago, Trio’s Jazz Club South Bend, Sheldon Concert Hall St. Louis) as well as abroad (BeatNIQ Alberta, Canada).

The Group is currently work of Larry Brown Jr.’s Sophomore album released in 2014. The group’s goal is to move progressively forward by deepening their roots in tradition while reaching for new horizons.


Larry Brown

Larry Brown Jr. has been paving his way to success as a musician, performer, educator, and philanthropist. A native of Venice, Illinois, he began plucking the strings of his father's guitar at the age of five. With the recent launch of his company, Larry Brown Worldwide, he released his debut album entitled, "ThereCan Only Be One" on Labor Day, 2011. Composing music that is fresh, innovative and captures the hearts of all music lovers, Brown's mission is to present world-class performances that entertain and inspire.

Graduating in 2009 from Northern Illinois University with a Master's degree in Jazz Studies, Brown studied with jazz legends such as Pat Martino, Victor Goines, Buck and John Pizzarelli, and the legendary 7-string guitarist Rick Hayden.

As a performer, Brown has traveled from New York to California and abroad. He's played in many of the world's greast jazz festivals and venues including the St. Loius Jazz Festival, Clark Terry Festival, JVC Jazz Festival New York, South American's Lima Jazz Festival and Dizzy's Clubb Coca-Cola. Brown performned with geats such as Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Alysssa Jones, R&B songstress Yashi and many others. He is also a 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency finalist that performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Known for his musical versatility, Brown worked as guitar chair for the plays "Color Struck" and High School Musical" and recorded albums with Willerm Delisfoert, Milton Suggs and the Metropolitan area as a guitarist and organist.

As an educator, Brown founded the Black Church Music Piano Camp in 2010 which is held annually in his home town of Venice, IL. He created the camp to educate and uplift young musicians through the exploration of gospel music.

His ultimate hope is for Larry Brown Worldwide to become a glocal leader by effectuating chage through the power of music.

Larry Brown Jr. to performan at Merrimans' Playhouse


Bill Cessna

Bill Cessna is a multi-instrumentalist with experience teaching drums, guitar, piano, and voice. Bill participated in choral programs and productions including I.M.E.A and various competitions, as well as studying jazz piano while in high school. In 2009 he moved to Chicago to study jazz piano on scholarship at Columbia College Chicago. There he had opportunities to study and perform with people such as; Peter Saxe, Dennis Luxion, Donald Neale, Jeremy Pelt, Barry Harris, Benny Golson, Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Douglas, Christian McBride, Brian Culbertson, and more. After moving downtown he quickly became part of Chicago’s Jazz and Salsa scenes. Since graduating in spring of 2013 he is working as a chorale director, educator and performer; playing with various Latin/Salsa, Blues, Electronic, and Jazz groups both as a sideman and bandleader.

His teaching approach focuses on learning songs of all styles to enhance students technique, understanding of harmony, and improvisational skills while helping them set goals, develop good practice habits, and build confidence. Bill currently offers lessons in piano, guitar, drums, and voice at North Shore Guitar Academy in Wilmette, IL.


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