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Sweet Talk to performa at Merrimans' Playhouse

TICKET Information:
Performance Only:

$10 General Advanced
$8 Student (with ID)

Performance and Clinic Package:
$15 General Advanced
$13 Student (with ID)

Clinic Only:
$10 General Advanced
$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.


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!

Sweet Talk at Merrimans' Playhouse


Devin holds a B.MA. from Berklee School of Music. He was ranked among the top of his class having been awarded significant scholarship for four years. Devin maintains a busy private teaching schedule as well as continuing to tour the country as an educator and musician. Teaching includes Workshops in Gelsenkirchen, Germany as well as Teaching at the Prestigious Litchfield Jazz Camp alongside the great jazz drummer Matt Wilson. Devin has performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Bruce Barth, Dave Santoro, Tony Malaby, Mario Pavone, Matt Wilson, Tadataka Unno, Dan Tepfer, Joe Martin, Michael Attias, Chris Tordini, Ben Wendell, Jorge Roeder, Sean Conly and many others.

Devin Drobka's Website

Dustin Carlson holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. He has had an active career as an educator and private guitar teacher for a decade. He has maintained an active performance career and has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Matt Mitchell, Satoshi Takeishi, Juan-Pablo Carletti, William Anderson and others.

Dustin Carlson's Website

Jake Henry holds a B.Mus. from McGill University and an M.A. from the City College of New York, both in jazz trumpet performance. He has taught clinics as a touring educator as far away as Toronto, ON and has led workshops at City College for touring youth ensembles of various instrumentations. Jake has been teaching privately and in group settings for the last 10 years and maintains an active private lesson studio. Jake is a former student of Tony Malaby, John Patitucci, Dave Douglas, and Ralph Alessi, among others. He has shared the stage with notable musicians John Patitucci, Mike Holober, Darcy James Argue, Dave Douglas, Leif Vollebeck, Torquil Campbell (Stars), TV on the Radio, Arcade Fire (appeared on grammy nominated "Neon Bible").

Jake Henry's Website

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Sweet Talk

Friday, January 31, 2014

7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm

5:00 pm

Over the past several years, New York trio Sweet Talk has conducted clinics at high schools, middle schools and colleges across the united states and canada. With particular interest payed to deconstructing elements of jazz, pop and noise music, this trio expertly coaches students to find unique voices as improvisers and composers. This clinic will be interactive and will focus on improvisation, line construction, sound production and melodic free playing. Please bring your instruments! (more info below).

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

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Link to Sweet Talk's Website


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"Sweet Talk was an inspiring experience for our Big Band. Jake and his trio provided a fresh, unique perspective on the idea of improvisation that opened my student's ears and minds, particularly towards the development of their own voice on their instrument." - Tom Walker, Head of Music, King City Secondary School, Toronto, ON

“Devin Drobka shared such an inspired sense of adventure with our young musicians at the Governor’s School for the Arts. Our students really enjoyed his trio’s intelligent risk-taking; they learned a lot from the example the group set in their comfort with so many genres, their wicked technique and their seemingly endless options for expression. They presented all of this in a respectful, collegial environment which still resonates with our students. We look forward to their next visit!”
- Jeff Phelps, Instrumental Music Department Chair, Governor’s School for the Arts, Norfolk, VA

"Sweet Talk's teaching is as enthusiastic, unpredictable and as informative as their playing. They brings out the best in other musicians as well as their students." - Steve Peplin, MATC, Milwaukee, WI


Jake Henry

Jake Henry

Dustin Carlson


Devin Drobka

Dustin Carlson



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The Artists

Sweet Talk is an exciting new trumpet, guitar and drums trio based in Brooklyn, New York. This trio utilizes their unique musical chemistry to explore new ground in the area between free jazz and sonic improvisation. Their sound is diverse, incorporating energetic improvisations, eerie melodies and beautiful lyricism into interpreting Jake Henry's often sadistic, always intriguing compositions. The band is comprised of trumpeter Jake Henry (student of Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, leader: Jake Henry Quartet, Duo with Sean Ali), guitarist Dustin Carlson (student of Brad Shepik, Kermit Driscoll, member: Sunshine Soldier, Mutasm) and drummer Devin Drobka (student of Bob Moses, Nasheet Waits, member: Sons of Daughters, Jerry Bergonzi Quartet). Sweet Talk has been performing since the beginning of 2011 and has to date completed two tours of Canada and the United States to captivated audiences.

Jake Henry

"Jake Henry is part of a new breed of talented up-and-coming improvisers and composers."
- Adrian Vedady, Bassist

Jake is a trumpet player, improviser, composer, teacher. He lives in Brooklyn, but is from Canada, raised in Toronto. We was educated in Montreal and NYC (B Mus McGill, MA City College of NY). Currently he is involved in various groups including Jake Henry Quartet, Sweet Talk,All the Kings Horses ( brass quintet with drums), Dirty Bakery, Will McEvoy Quartet, Brad Henkel Sextet and various other bands as a sideman and co-leader.

Link to Jake's Website 

Dustin Carlson

"Dustin Carlson's eclectic guitar wizardry stands out in a bland sea of regurgitative imitators. Equal parts Monk and Messiaen, Carlson's highly original approach touches on Serialism and Aleatoric music, breathing new life into the jazz genre. Prepare to be amazed by his prodigious technique and ultra-advanced harmonic language."
-Joe Charupakorn, Hal Leonard Author

Link to Dustin's Website

Devin Drobka

Devin is a Milwaukee native that has been playing drums for the past 20 years. He has many music projects he is currently involved in.

Devin received his BMA in Jazz Drumming Performance from Berklee College of Music in 09' where he had the chance to study with Terri Lynn Carrington, Bob Tamigni, Skip Hadden, Jamey Haddad, Kenwood Dennard, Jon Hazilla, Ralph Peterson Jr, Ian Froman, and the master drummer Bob Moses. While at Berklee he performed with legends of the Jazz world such as Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Osby, Cecil McBee, Dave Santoro, Ed Tomassi, Geraldine Bergonzi and Phil Grenadier. While at Berklee he was asked to be apart of the world famous Jerry Bergonzi Quartet which featured Bruce Barth on Piano and Dave Santoro on Bass, which he had the privilege of playing with for 3 years.

When Devin lived in Brooklyn, NY he had the chance of playing at Kitano's, Douglass St. Music Collective, Sycamore, Setai, Way Station, Branded Saloon and many more. He completed 15 tours all over the US and into Canada. Devin have lead my own group and continue to be busy composing new music for this ensemble which is a rotating cast of improvisers. He had the pleasure of playing the Tanglewood Jazz Fest, Eastside Jazz Fest, and Salem Jazz Fest. Currently studying with the great Nasheet Waits ( He also performed with Bruce Barth, Jerry Bergonzi, Tony Malaby, Joe Solomon, Dave Santoro, Mario Pavone, Matt WIlson, Tadataka Unno, Tom Chang, Michael Attias, Quison Nachoff, Frank LoCrasto, Chris Tordini, Mike Moreno, Lena Bloch, Kyle Wilson, Ben Wendall, Jorge Roeder, Dan Blake, Tyler Blanton, Dmitry Ishenko, Sean Conly.

Devin Drobka

Jake Henry

Jake Henry

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