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Dave Easley, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Rich Cohen, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Howard Dukes, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

July 17, 2008 Concert

Dave Easley

"Using the pedal steel guitar in jazz makes audiences hear the music in a new way.... Easley, however, uses pedal steel guitar as a lead instrument....He's also brilliant. He reminds me of John Coltrane on the pedal steel (Stephen Merriman).That's high praise, but Merriman says it's warranted because Easley -- like Trane -- transformed the way his instrument's used." -Howard Dukes, South Bend Tribune.

Dave Easley is a virtuoso pedal steel guitar player who is an accomplished performing and recording jazz artist, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dave also writes, plays guitar, and sings. His five-piece band, Heartifacts, as quoted by Relix Magazine, is “…one of the best, and most refreshing ‘unknown’ bands I’ve heard in a long, long time.” The Memphis based literary journal, Beatlicks, stated “…Dave Easley, is an unassuming prodigy. His endless vocabulary of rock, blues, psychedelic, and jazz licks make him one of the most familiar players on the New Orleans music scene, where he is a runnin’ partner of Coco Robicheaux. He’s also a member of bassist James Singleton’s creative jazz powerhouse, 3 Now 4. Easley is gifted with one of the great inexhaustible musical imaginations in this city." (quote by Dennis Formento). Dave has performed and recorded with 3 Now 4 on Time Ebbing, Book of Spells, and 3 Now 4. Dave has also performed and recorded with the Brian Blade Fellowship (recorded under Daniel Lanois and performed a duet with Joni Mitchell), and Shannon McNally.

Visit Dave Easley's Web Site
and Dave Easley's My Space

Rich Cohen

Rich Cohen, hails from the east coast, where his formative years consisted of a mix of classical training and participation in an award-winning high school jazz program. Since relocating to the Midwest in the early 90’s, Rich has worked extensively throughout the club circuit of northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Rich’s style of playing is melodically oriented with a sound that reflects the influences of a number of alto greats, most notably Jackie McLean and Kenny Garrett.

Howard Dukes

Howard is writer and poet. He is also a staff writer for the South Bend Tribune.
Contact information: 574-235-6369,
hdukes@sbtinfo.com


photos by David S. Hachen Jr.

Rob Easley, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Rob Easley, Master of Ceremonies, Coproducer

Rich Cohen, Dave Easley, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Dave Easley, Mary Merriman, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

ave Easley, Mary Merriman (Andrzejewski), Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Dave Easley, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Rich Cohen, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Rich Cohen, Mary Merriman (Andrzejewski), Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Howard Dukes, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Howard Dukes, Mary and Stephen, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Howard Dukes, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

We had a special appearance by Emily Merriman on alto saxophone. Emily performed Fables of Faubus by Charles Mingus.

Emily Merriman on sax, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Emily Merriman and Rich Cohen, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Dave Easley, Rich Cohen, Emily, Stephen, Mary, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Rich Cohen and Emily Merriman perform Mingus's "Fables of Faubus", Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance SeriesEmily Merriman, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

Emily Merriman on also sax, Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series

photos by David S. Hachen Jr.


This concert sponsored by David Banga, SBCRC (printing) and Merrimans' Complete Piano Service.
Executive Producer Robert Easley
Partnering with Century Center

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