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Thursday, November 2018

Ben Sharkey

Thursday, November 15 @ 8:30 pm
$15

One of Detroit’s premiere live entertainer over the past ten years plus, Ben Sharkey infuses his live performances with a hip and sultry fire, bringing his artful swagger to the stage with a colorful fusion of old school cool, contemporary jazz, soul and pop. Since…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, November 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
No Cover Charge

Jeff is a strong young bassist, who leads this trio as well as being involved with cutting edge Detroit groups like Buffalo Kid and Beartrap.  He also keeps busy as the bassist with the Planet D Nonet, the Rhythm Society Orchestra and lots of gigs…

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Sheila Landis BopStop w/ the Phil Hale Trio featuring Rick Matle

Friday, November 16 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Sheila Landis sings her own hipster lyrics to jazz classics like Kenny Burrell's "Midnight" Blue" accompanied by the dynamic Phil Hale Trio and special guest multi-genre guitar-slinger Rick Matle In homage to, and in the spirit of, those brave and bold scat singers and hipster…

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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The JOE POLICASTRO TRIO

Saturday, November 17 @ 9:30 pm
$10

The JOE POLICASTRO TRIO is a Chicago-based jazz trio led by bassist Joe Policastro featuring guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery. While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded, inclusive nature also brings rock, pop, old-school funk, soul, Brazilian, and free improvisation to the…

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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, November 18 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 2, 2018

No Cover Charge

“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 w/ Miss Holly Hock

Sunday, November 18 @ 8:30 pm
$20 - $30

November 18th / Doors 7:30 & Show 8:30 $20-$30 Featuring performances by: Leena Allure Ruby La Louche Miss Holly Hock Mona Minx Hannah the Hatchet The Big Icky Jacque LaBone Emcee: Lilith Von Tal Facebook Link https://www.facebook.com/events/473562723136222 Ticket Link: https://speakeasysundaydetroit.eventbrite.com

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Monday, November 19 @ 12:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Monday, repeating until Saturday, November 24, 2018

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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, November 20 @ 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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Nicole New

Wednesday, November 21 @ 8:00 pm
$10

Many say that Nicole New is Detroit’s leading female band leader, alluring audiences with her sensitive and soulful voice. Her velvety yet powerful voice, reminiscent of Billy Holiday yet with her own modern sound developed from Motown influences. Nicole’s eclectic style of singing, drawing from…

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Cliff Bell’s closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 22
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Planet D Nonet (swing band)

Friday, November 23 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Planet D Nonet “…One of Detroit’s great party bands,” with a “sweeping field of vision that ranges from Swing Era classics to connoisseur works by Duke Ellington, mind-expanding pieces by the visionary Sun Ra and some down-and-dirty joint R&B.” -Brian McCollum of the Detroit Free…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, November 23 @ 9:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Jeff is a strong young bassist, who leads this trio as well as being involved with cutting edge Detroit groups like Buffalo Kid and Beartrap. He also keeps busy as the bassist with the Planet D Nonet, the Rhythm Society Orchestra and lots of gigs…

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Cliff Bell’s Closed for a Private Event

Saturday, November 24
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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, November 25 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 2, 2018

No Cover Charge

“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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Kirsten Carey Songtime Trio

Sunday, November 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Kirsten Carey is a guitarist with a diverse resume, from Joyce-inspired free jazz song cycles to an appearance on hip hop trio clipping.'s song for Rick and Morty. Together with bassist Ben Willis and drummer Jonathan Taylor, Carey's Songtime Trio will dig into her deep…

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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, November 27 @ 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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Sidewalk Chalk & Sam Trump

Wednesday, November 28 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

Chicago-based ensemble Sidewalk Chalk transcends genre with a wholly original sound that blends elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and R&B. As The Chicago Tribune says, “While many bands strive hard for originality, it’s unlikely that any of them could best Sidewalk Chalk.” Comprised of an…

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Philippe LeJeune Trio

Thursday, November 29 @ 8:00 pm
$10

Philippe LeJeune Jazz Blues & BoogieWoogie French pianist Philippe LeJeune is a perfect example of the mixture of jazz and blues which was especially an important strain in the jazz tradition. The young pianist attended in 1968 a concert in Reims (France) by master boogie…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

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

Jeff is a strong young bassist, who leads this trio as well as being involved with cutting edge Detroit groups like Buffalo Kid and Beartrap. He also keeps busy as the bassist with the Planet D Nonet, the Rhythm Society Orchestra and lots of gigs…

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Ernie Krivda

Friday, November 30 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Ernie Krivda is now in his fifth decade as a jazz performer. He is acknowledged by both his peers and jazz critics as one of the world's great tenor saxophone players and one of the jazz worlds most unique artists. Tour the site to learn…

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Saturday, December 2018

Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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Alex Harding’s Organ Nation

Saturday, December 1 @ 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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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, December 2 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 2, 2018

No Cover Charge

“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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The Southeastern Music Academy

Sunday, December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 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. http://southeasternmusicacademy.org/sma-performance-opportunities-cliff-bells/

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Oakland University Jazz Night

Sunday, December 2 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
No Cover Charge

A formal review of the jazz professors and students that make up OU’s jazz program. The Oakland University Jazz Program provides many opportunities for students. Our Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Contemporary Music Ensemble perform around the Metro Detroit area, and have featured such guest…

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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, December 4 @ 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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MSU Community Music School-Detroit: Spartan Youth Jazz Programs

Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
No Cover Charge

MSU Community Music School-Detroit: Spartan Youth Jazz Programs This concert features our Spartan Youth Jazz ensembles, an after-school program for high school-aged musicians. It provides high-quality music education from professional Detroit musicians, educators, and entrepreneurs such as Sean Dobbins, Marion Hayden, and others. Classes and…

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Aral Sea Divers

Thursday, December 6 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

With roots in traditional jazz, the Aral Sea Divers play a variety of popular styles from the early 20th century. Celebrating the great American tradition of diversity, listeners are whisked from New Orleans to Buenos Aires, Naples to New York City. You may hear words…

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Jeff Cuny Duo

Friday, December 7 @ 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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The Kandinsky Effect

Friday, December 7 @ 9:00 pm
$10.00

The Kandinsky Effect capture their evolving vision of a dark, rhythmic landscape. The album was recorded in Chamonix, France during April of 2016 and advances the compositional ideas founded on 2015’s Somnambulist, 2013’s Synesthesia, and 2010’s self-titled. Originally formed as a project to blend electronics…

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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Aguanko Holiday Show

Saturday, December 8 @ 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 completed their new Latin Jazz recording titled “Pattern Recognition”, available in July 2018! This recording features the core group of Aguanko musicians from the incredibly…

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Sunday Brunch w/ Shawn McDonald

Sunday, December 9 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
No Cover Charge

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

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WSU BIG JAZZ NIGHT

Sunday, December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
No Cover Charge

The Wayne State University Jazz Dept features all of their various combos and big bands as a culmination of the end of the first semester.

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paris_monster

Tuesday, December 11 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Featuring a drummer who sings out of this bluesy soulful voice and plays synth with right hand while holding down drum beats with his left hand and feet; Backed by a bass player, using a wide range of effects and analog synths; coming together to…

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Khristian Foreman Quintet

Wednesday, December 12 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Born in Detroit, Khristian is an active trombonist & bass trombonist throughout the city and also throughout the south. Khristian is currently a Senior in Music Performance at Jackson State University where he actively performs at his school & freelances as well. Khristian Foreman is…

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Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, December 13 @ 7:00 pm
$10.00

Mulgrew-ology by the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra The name of late jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller may not trip off the tongue of the casual jazz fan, but make no mistake, among the genre’s aficionados, he was and is considered a musician’s musician. Versatile and singular,…

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The Jeff Cuny Duo

Friday, December 14 @ 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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Doug Hammond Quartet

Friday, December 14 @ 9:00 pm
No Cover Charge

A native Detroiter, Doug has lived and taught jazz in Europe for decades and this is a major homecoming! Doug Hammond is an extraordinary jazz musician, composer, poet and writer who began recording on the legendary Detroit-based label Tribe in the early 1970s. He has…

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