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Saturday, January 2019

Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, February 9, 2019

No Cover Charge

Evan Mercer studied at Wayne State University in the Jazz Studies Program and has played piano since he was 5 years old. Having studied under names such as Matt Michaels, Cliff Monear, and Rob Pipho, he offers a fresh perspective on old standards while writing…

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Sean Dobbins

Saturday, January 19 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Jazz drummer Sean Dobbins got his start as sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. As Sean's Career progressed, he found himself the recipient of many awards and accolades including the "Woody…

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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, January 20 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
No Cover Charge

Sunday brunch with pianist/vocalist Jarrod Champion! “His roots are deep in Detroit, when he sits in front of the keys, Jarrod Champion’s sound makes its way to the south, over in the Dixieland and Delta.” WDET, Culture City Weekend.

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WSU Jam Session

Sunday, January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
No Cover Charge

Students from Wayne State University present a jam session. Open to the public for audience and musicians.  

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Airey B & her Blues Boys

Sunday, January 20 @ 7:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Bold, impressive, and admirable, Airey B is a bodacious singer/songwriter, guitar player and piano player. Her voice is captivating, expressive, and emotional. She invokes the spirit of the first ladies of the blues like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith & Lizzie Miles. A breath of fresh…

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Alexis Lombre Trio

Tuesday, January 22 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Alexis Lombre is a young jazz pianist who discovered early that the true essence of music is not just about what you hear but how music makes you feel. Her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive. The 2017 release of her…

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Hannah Baiardi

Wednesday, January 23 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

A soulful composer, pianist, vocalist, lyricist and arranger, Hannah Baiardi is a rising crossover artist. Hannah is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan's School of Music, where she studied with Ellen Rowe, Benny Green, Sunny Wilkinson, Robert Hurst, Marion Hayden & Dennis Wilson.…

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The Delegation w/ Bishop/Taylor Duo

Thursday, January 24 @ 8:00 pm
$10

The Delegation: Gabriel Zucker - piano, vocals David Leon - saxophones Tal Yahalom - guitar Alex Goldberg - drums Opening set: Andrew Bishop & Jonathan Taylor The brainchild of pianist/composer Gabriel Zucker, indie jazz orchestra The Delegation continues to break new ground in New York’s dynamic…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, January 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
No Cover Charge

Jeff recently completed work on his Graduate degree in jazz studies at WSU and is a fine young 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…

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Chris Hovan Organic Trio

Friday, January 25 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Tapping into the current Hammond organ revival, Chris Hovan’s Organic Trio revisits the classic organ combo genre with a renewed sense of purpose that puts swing and soulful energy at a premium. Drawing from both the classic and contemporary jazz repertoires, the trio features a…

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, February 9, 2019

No Cover Charge

Evan Mercer studied at Wayne State University in the Jazz Studies Program and has played piano since he was 5 years old. Having studied under names such as Matt Michaels, Cliff Monear, and Rob Pipho, he offers a fresh perspective on old standards while writing…

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Lawrence Barris Quartet

Saturday, January 26 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Larry Barris (Detroit, MI) started playing guitar at a very young age. By the age of 13, he was already working professionally in and around Detroit with "The Black Nasty," a well-known local R&B band of the era. Larry quickly made a name for himself…

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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, January 27 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
No Cover Charge

Sunday brunch with pianist/vocalist Jarrod Champion! “His roots are deep in Detroit, when he sits in front of the keys, Jarrod Champion’s sound makes its way to the south, over in the Dixieland and Delta.” WDET, Culture City Weekend.

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Kenji Lee and Friends

Sunday, January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10

Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Southern California, Kenji Lee has already made his mark as a remarkable improviser, composer, and educator. Kenji has performed and worked with some of the most legendary names in jazz including Gary Burton, Carl Allen, Kendrick Scott, Ingrid…

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Dave Vessella Quartet

Tuesday, January 29 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Trumpet player, vocalist, composer, and arranger, Dave Vessella's unique sound is reminiscent of traditional New Orleans music and west coast jazz a la Chet Baker. Vessella has played at the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Panama Jazz Festival with Wayne State University and Danilo Perez,…

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Tonotrope

Wednesday, January 30 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Tonotrope is a collaborative trio of Michael Malis (piano), Jaribu Shahid (bass), and Jonathan Taylor (drums). Together, they search for the inner logic of musical language by exploring the outer limits of the jazz repertoire. Jaribu Shahid is a leading bassist of international stature. A…

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Tbone Paxton

Thursday, January 31 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

John “Tbone” Paxton is a veteran trombonist and vocalist professionally active in Southeastern Michigan for many years. He is the featured singer and trombone soloist with the award-winning jazz ensemble, the Planet D Nonet. John is a 2nd generation musician and a son of the…

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Friday, February 2019

Jeff Cuny Duo

Friday, February 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
No Cover

Jeff recently completed work on his Graduate degree in jazz studies at WSU and is a fine young 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…

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The Hughes/Smith Quintet

Friday, February 1 @ 9:00 pm
$10

The Hughes/Smith Quintet is a modern jazz group led by Jimmy Smith (trumpet) and myself. We play original music inspired by the great Detroit jazz tradition of be-bop mixed with a modern edge. We can be heard throughout the Detroit area at clubs like Cliff…

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, February 9, 2019

No Cover Charge

Evan Mercer studied at Wayne State University in the Jazz Studies Program and has played piano since he was 5 years old. Having studied under names such as Matt Michaels, Cliff Monear, and Rob Pipho, he offers a fresh perspective on old standards while writing…

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Elaine Dame

Saturday, February 2 @ 9:00 pm
$10

“From the start, it was apparent that Dame offered optimism, enthusiasm, and joy for both her partners and the jazz standards they played together. This musical attitude was just as appealing as her considerable vocal and flute playing skills…her intelligent phrasing proves she actually listens…

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Sunday brunch with pianist/vocalist Jarrod Champion

Sunday, February 3 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, March 31, 2019

No Cover Charge

Sunday brunch with pianist/vocalist Jarrod Champion! “His roots are deep in Detroit, when he sits in front of the keys, Jarrod Champion’s sound makes its way to the south, over in the Dixieland and Delta.” WDET, Culture City Weekend.

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Trunino Lowe Quartet

Tuesday, February 5 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Trunino is one of the young promising upcoming trumpet players. Born & raised in Detroit where he found his love for Music. Always a guaranteed good time when he’s in the house.

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Xavier Bonner’s Spirit Talk Trio

Wednesday, February 6 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Xavier Bonner is a saxophonist & composer from Detroit, Michigan. Coming from a long lineage of successful Detroit musicians, Xavier joins today’s music scene as one of the “young lions” where many of today’s talented young musicians make their way. “As a bandleader I want…

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The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, February 7 @ 7:00 pm
$10

This year is the 21st anniversary for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, which initially started as a rehearsal band for Gwinnell to hear his compositions and arrangements played. With encouragement from friends/musicians and an offer of a weekly gig at the Music Menu Cafe in…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, February 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
No Cover Charge

Jeff recently completed work on his Graduate degree in jazz studies at WSU and is a fine young 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…

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Soul Cycle

Friday, February 8 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Soul Cycle has roots in funk, jazz and R&B. The group explores the stylings of the legends that shaped the modern music we know today.

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, February 9, 2019

No Cover Charge

Evan Mercer studied at Wayne State University in the Jazz Studies Program and has played piano since he was 5 years old. Having studied under names such as Matt Michaels, Cliff Monear, and Rob Pipho, he offers a fresh perspective on old standards while writing…

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Doug MacDonald Trio

Saturday, February 9 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Doug MacDonald’s career as a jazz guitarist has taken him from Hawaii to Las Vegas, Los Angeles to Manhattan, and to Spain, Finland, Estonia, and the UK. Playing in clubs, concert halls and recording studios, Doug has been a featured soloist, as well as an…

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Sunday brunch with pianist/vocalist Jarrod Champion

Sunday, February 10 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, March 31, 2019

No Cover Charge

Sunday brunch with pianist/vocalist Jarrod Champion! “His roots are deep in Detroit, when he sits in front of the keys, Jarrod Champion’s sound makes its way to the south, over in the Dixieland and Delta.” WDET, Culture City Weekend.

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Bobby Muncy’s Radiohead Jazz Project

Sunday, February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10

The Radiohead Jazz Project led by saxophonist Bobby Muncy has been performing since 2011 throughout the Washington DC area and features the music of alt rock band Radiohead, with a twist. The RJP plays Radiohead’s music through the prism of jazz and opens the compositions…

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Allen Dennard Organ Trio

Tuesday, February 12 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Trumpeter Allen Dennard is a rising player on the Detroit scene. This time he will front an organ trio.

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Becoming Quintet: Detroit CD Release

Wednesday, February 13 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

“Becoming” is an exciting new jazz collective featuring Eric Wortzman (Trumpet), Markus Howell (Sax), Luther Allison (Piano), Liany Mateo (Bass), and Zach Adleman (Drums.) They will be debuting an exiting program of original compositions and arrangements penned by each of the five members of the…

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Valentines Day with the Dave Vessella Quartet

Thursday, February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20

Trumpet player, vocalist, composer, and arranger, Dave Vessella's unique sound is reminiscent of traditional New Orleans music and west coast jazz a la Chet Baker. Vessella has played at the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Panama Jazz Festival with Wayne State University and Danilo Perez,…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, February 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
No Cover Charge

Jeff recently completed work on his Graduate degree in jazz studies at WSU and is a fine young 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…

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OOPAPADA with Dr. Prof. Leonard King

Friday, February 15 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Dr. Prof. Leonard King prefers to describe his performances as "the music of my ancestors". When he began gigging professionally in 1960, at age 12, he knew he wanted to cultivate an ensemble that could play blues, rhythm 'n' blues, Cuban music, jazz, and more.…

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Closed for Private Event

Saturday, February 16

To book your event at Cliff Bell's, call (313) 961-2543

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Sunday brunch with pianist/vocalist Jarrod Champion

Sunday, February 17 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, March 31, 2019

No Cover Charge

Sunday brunch with pianist/vocalist Jarrod Champion! “His roots are deep in Detroit, when he sits in front of the keys, Jarrod Champion’s sound makes its way to the south, over in the Dixieland and Delta.” WDET, Culture City Weekend.

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Speakeasy Sundays

Sunday, February 17 @ 8:30 pm
$20 - $30

  Speakeasy Sunday Feb 17th / Doors 7:30 & Show 8:30 $25-$35 Featuring performances by: Danielle Colby - From American Pickers Jeez Loueez - The Honey Badger of Burlesque Ada Vice - Detroit's Dainty Delight Miss Holly Hock - Detroit's Strawberry Vixen Hot Tawdry -…

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The Alexis Lombre Trio

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

No Cover Charge

Alexis Lombre is a teenage professional jazz pianist who is making her way onto the jazz scene. Raised on Chicago’s South Side, she discovered early that the true essence of music is not only about what you hear but, more importantly how music makes you…

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