Complete Performance Schedule
for The Merrimans
"Art is about breaking
new ground, where the artist strives
to change the way audiences see music, visual art and
Stephen, playing professionally since 1978, has worked
in a variety of musical genres from reggae to rock to
jazz, in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, New York City,
San Diego, and Boulder, Colorado. Some of his credits
include the Boulder Jazz Improvisation Group, Chiaroscuro,
and the piano and drum duo, The Great Leap, based in
New York City. Since returning to South Bend, Stephen
has focused solely on jazz, and has played with the
jazz groups, Random Elements, Apogeebop, and currently
Stephen is also a piano technician. Please visit the Piano Service Link on this site for more information
about Merrimans' Complete Piano Service.
"Every session, a new guest artist from around the area is invited to complete the trio, assuring a new sound. For Mary Merriman, this provides a great opportunity to work with a variety of artists.'[Each musician brings] their own way of playing this art,' she said." -Michelle Fordice
Mary began her bass career in 1982, playing with various
jazz and orchestral groups in Michigan. Mary studied
privately at Central Michigan University, and was a
member of several jazz ensembles, including the Faculty
Jazz Band. Since relocating to South Bend, she has put
her energy into the art of the jazz trio. Mary has been
performing in the trio setting with her husband, Stephen,
since 2001. Their trio’s name has gone through
several evolutions before becoming The Merrimans. These
include, Portraits In Jazz, The Marian Emery Trio, and
The Standards Trio.
In collaboration with Stephen, Mary creates and produces
all of the artwork and marketing material for Merrimans'
Playhouse, The Merrimans, and Merrimans' Complete
Piano Service. Mary designs and maintains this website (a special thank you to David S. Hachen Jr. for providing photos for this website). All business offered by Stephen and Mary
are maintained under the umbrella of Merrimuse Enterprises.
Executive Producer of Merrimans' Playhouse, Rob is working in collaboration with Stephen and Mary to produce Merrimans' Playhouse. Rob is an integral part of Stephen and Mary's efforts in producing this concert series, and his efforts are deeply appreciated. In addition to his insightful ideas, Rob provides recording and technical support. Rob is the Assistant Management Department Chair, and Associate Professor of IT Management at Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.
Dave and Rob Easley