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Wednesday, November 2019

Lulu Fall Album Release

Wednesday, November 13 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

LULU FALL is a singer, songwriter and actor currently based in New York. Lulu, a formally trained jazz vocalist with a musical theatre background, is one complete and unexpected package. As a product of Senegalese and Cameroonian parentage, her music reflects her global perspective by…

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The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, November 14 @ 7:00 pm
$10.00

Scott Gwinnell is an award-winning pianist, composer/arranger, and educator born in Detroit, and residing in the Metro-Detroit area. He currently freelances as a sideman and leads various groups; the most well-known being the 16-piece Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra. He is an adjunct professor of music…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, November 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, November 29, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jeff Cuny is a fine string bassist. He is also the chief arranger & bassist for the Planet D Nonet and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Rhythm Society Orchestra. His fellow musicians include David Dunham on guitar & David Alvarez…

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The Shawn McDonald Group

Friday, November 15 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Shawn plays blues, boogie-woogie and jazz piano and organ and is a strong vocalist as well. He has toured much of the world with Larry McCray, Alberta Adams, Joe Weaver & Johnnie Bassett

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, November 30, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine player who now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette and the US with country-rock band Whitey Morgan. Samuel Chase Harris on bass & Jake Matthews on drums, all three are…

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The Allen Dennard Quintet

Saturday, November 16 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Twenty-four-year-old trumpeter Allen Dennard has one foot firmly planted in the classic jazz canon. The 2016 graduate of the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance leads his own rotating jazz ensemble while also regularly playing with the likes of Detroit legends Marion…

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Sunday brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, November 17 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, November 24, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwritier and multi-instrumentalist. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he’s the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists. Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues…

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Wayne State University jam Session

Sunday, November 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
No Cover Charge

A student jam session - but all are invited to participate.

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WHFR Benefit

Sunday, November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10.00

WHFR programs ALTERNATIVE VARIETY, music little heard elsewhere on Detroit area radio stations, almost 40% of which is Classical but also featuring: Alternative/Modern Rock, Big Band, Country, Americana/Folk, Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Space Rock, Urban, and World music, in addition to a weekly public affairs…

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D-Three+Two

Tuesday, November 19 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 26, 2019

No Cover Charge

David Alvarez III is a Jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and music educator based in the Metro-Detroit area. The drum set was introduced to him at the age of five, growing up playing in church. At the age of nine, he started to learn how to…

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The Trunino Lowe Quartet

Wednesday, November 20 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Trunino Lowe is one of Detroit’s promising young musicians. Born & raised on Detroit’s eastside, he is a proud graduate of the Detroit School of Arts. Mr. Lowe was mentored by Detroit trumpeters Kris Johnson, Dwight Adams, Rayse Biggs and John Douglas. He is now…

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The Ryan Bills Quartet

Thursday, November 21 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

The Ryan Bills Quartet is a group of Wayne State students and alumni dedicated to providing a sophisticated yet enjoyable interpretation of the swing tradition. Emphasis is placed on group communication within individual improvisation, following in the tradition set by the greats such as Lester…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, November 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, November 29, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jeff Cuny is a fine string bassist. He is also the chief arranger & bassist for the Planet D Nonet and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Rhythm Society Orchestra. His fellow musicians include David Dunham on guitar & David Alvarez…

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Michael Zaporski’s FUTUREVISIONS

Friday, November 22 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Michael Zaporski’s FUTUREVISIONS explodes across the soundscape, taking audiences on a lyrical epic, connecting two continents and two quintessential traditions: American Jazz and West African rhythms. Their performances are a whirlwind of dynamic energy leaving listeners hanging on every pulse-pounding note. Jazz aficionados and novices…

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, November 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, November 30, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine player who now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette and the US with country-rock band Whitey Morgan. Samuel Chase Harris on bass & Jake Matthews on drums, all three are…

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Shahida Nurullah and Good Company

Saturday, November 23 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Deeply steeped in the generations of great Jazz and Blues that centers the rich musical legacy of Detroit (which includes Kenn Cox, Donald Walden, Marcus Belgrave and Thomas “Beans” Bowles), Shahida Nurullah is one of the motor city’s premier and most treasured jazz vocalists. Her…

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Sunday brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, November 24 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, November 24, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwritier and multi-instrumentalist. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he’s the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists. Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues…

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TATATU’ COLLECTIVE: The Music of Cedar Walton

Sunday, November 24 @ 7:00 pm
$10.00

The debut date of this new project born in the Michigan State University when a group of friends got together with the intention of celebrating the amazing pianist and composer Cedar Walton and his music. TATATU' COLLECTIVE is brought to you by: Margherita Fava (piano)…

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D-Three+Two

Tuesday, November 26 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 26, 2019

No Cover Charge

David Alvarez III is a Jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and music educator based in the Metro-Detroit area. The drum set was introduced to him at the age of five, growing up playing in church. At the age of nine, he started to learn how to…

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Tbone Paxton/RJ Spangler Organ Group w/ Dale Grisa

Wednesday, November 27 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

RJ & Tbone have collaborated for decades and have a repertoire that spans Fats Waller to Louis Jordan to Earl King and other New Orleans fonk, as Dr. John would say.  RJ and organist Dale Grisa held down a steady Wednesday night gig at Cliff…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28
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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, November 29, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jeff Cuny is a fine string bassist. He is also the chief arranger & bassist for the Planet D Nonet and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Rhythm Society Orchestra. His fellow musicians include David Dunham on guitar & David Alvarez…

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The Planet D Nonet

Friday, November 29 @ 9:30 pm
$10

If you have not yet experienced Planet D Nonet, your groove tank is missing out on some serious fuel. They’re Detroit’s own down and dirty little big band, known nationally for curating some of the best in early jazz traditions and Black-American musical influences from…

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, November 30, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine player who now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette and the US with country-rock band Whitey Morgan. Samuel Chase Harris on bass & Jake Matthews on drums, all three are…

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The Rob Crozier Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, November 30 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

The Rob Crozier Jazz Ensemble is a jazz ensemble based in Ann Arbor focused on presenting the work of the singing bassist/multi-instrumentalist/composer Rob Crozier. After a whirlwind performance at the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival, this fine group continues to wow audiences with its high energy…

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Sunday, December 2019

Sunday Brunch w. Jarrod Champion

Sunday, December 1 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 29, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwritier and multi-instrumentalist. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he’s the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists. Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues…

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Oakland University

Sunday, December 1 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$10.00

Join the OU Jazz Program for a great night of music.

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D-Three+Two

Tuesday, December 3 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

David Alvarez III is a Jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and music educator based in the Metro-Detroit area. The drum set was introduced to him at the age of five, growing up playing in church. At the age of nine, he started to learn how to…

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The Hughes Smith Quintet (HSQ)

Wednesday, December 4 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

The Hughes Smith Quintet (HSQ) is a Detroit-based jazz quintet that performs original music with purpose. The group is spearheaded by Saxophonist James Hughes & trumpeter Jimmy Smith and features the rhythm section of Phil Kelly, Takashi Iio and Nate Winn. The quintet formed in…

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Michael Malis and Common Tongue

Thursday, December 5 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

Michael Malis and Common Tongue Michael Malis — piano and compositions Rafael Statin — saxophones and reeds Brian Juarez — bass Jonathan Taylor — drums Michael Malis (b. 1988) is a composer, pianist, and music educator based in Detroit MI. A multi-faceted musical artist, he…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
No Cover Charge

Jeff Cuny is a fine string bassist. He is also the chief arranger & bassist for the Planet D Nonet and appears around the city with singer/trombonist Tbone Paxton as well as his own groups. His fellow musicians include David Dunham on guitar & David…

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Alex Harding’s Organ Nation

Friday, December 6 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Alex Harding was born on April 5, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of six, Alex knew what he wanted to do in his lifetime: to be a musician. He started to pursue his dream. Alex started on Drums & a few years later…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, December 28, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine player who now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette and the US with country-rock band Whitey Morgan. Samuel Chase Harris on bass & Jake Matthews on drums, all three are…

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Aguanko Holiday Show

Saturday, December 7 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Conga player and composer Alberto Nacif and the superlative musicians who make up the sizzling Latin Jazz septet Aguanko have a new, all original Latin Jazz recording titled “Pattern Recognition”, produced by Jose “Pepe” Espinosa, and released in July 2018. This recording features the core…

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Sunday Brunch w. Jarrod Champion

Sunday, December 8 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 29, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwritier and multi-instrumentalist. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he’s the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists. Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues…

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SMA Jam Session

Sunday, December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$10.00

The Southeastern Music Academy has an outstanding music faculty – successful performers with strong academic credentials that perform regularly with professional groups. This is a student jam session.  This month the guest band is Pioneer High School from Ann Arbor.

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WSU Big Jazz Night!

Sunday, December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
No Cover Charge

All of the ensembles at the Wayne State Universities jazz Department are on full display on this night! Come hear the future of jazz at Cliff Bell's! 6:00pm hit - Band 1 - Band 2 - Band 3 - Band 4 - Band 5 -…

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Jane Bunnett & Maqueque with Special Guest Nikki D Brown ( The Jimi Hendrix of the Sacred Steel)

Tuesday, December 10 @ 9:00 pm
$20.00

MAQUEQUE ON THE MOVE How did Jane Bunnett and Maqueque evolve - in less than five years - from a project to support and honor the new generation of young women jazz players and composers, to a Grammy nominated, critically acclaimed band that is in…

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The Michael Hu Quintet

Wednesday, December 11 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

Michael Hu - Tenor Saxophone Travis Swanson - Guitar Joshua Catania - Piano Aidan Cafferty - Bass Eliza Salem - Drums. Michael Hu is an award-winning saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has appeared on the Wayne State Pyramid Stage at…

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The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, December 12 @ 7:00 pm
$10.00

Scott is a band-leader, composer/arranger, pianist, and educator. As a performer, Scott has played on over 20 professionally released recordings including 5 under his own name. Basement Vibes (2002), Scott Gwinnell Trio (2006), the award-winning Brush Fire (2008), Cass Corridor Story (2011- Detroit Music Factory)…

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