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Monday, March 2

Closed


Tuesday, March 3

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

MQ2Featuring:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis, piano

Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist/composer/educator of the Metro-Detroit area who is quickly gaining recognition for his imaginative improvising, and fervently thoughtful voice on the saxophone. Marcus has been playing professionally in the Detroit Jazz scene where he is studying, practicing and composing the music you will hear every Tuesday night.

http://www.marcuselliotmusic.com/


Wednesday, March 4

8pm Free Admittance

The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio

GTOT“A quadruple threat as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger, Glenn Tucker packs an extensive knowledge and conventional wisdom of the jazz tradition with a warm and remarkable personal touch and flare.” -Andrew Bishop

Detroit-based, Ann Arbor-bred musician Glenn Tucker occupies a unique place in the organ jazz world in that he is trained both as a jazz pianist and a classical pipe organist. Glenn brings a broad musical vision to his efforts to expand the possibilities of the Hammond organ and the organ trio format. His mentors include Geri Allen, Claude Black, and Tad Weed. Glenn seeks both to celebrate and contribute to Detroit’s rich musical tapestry. In this weekly residency, he is joined by veteran Detroit masters, (1st Wednesdays) innovative local composers, (2nd Wednesdays) and a rotating cast of young talent performing original music (other weeks).

http://glenntucker.bandcamp.com/


Thursday, March 5

7pm $5.00 Cover

WDET Presents The Moth StorySlam

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As many of you know, The Moth StorySlam has been a huge success here in Detroit. Because so many attendees have been showing up, we can no longer offer reservations for MOTH performances. DOORS OPEN AT 4pm!! We will be offering seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. The sign-in sheet for story tellers is at the merchandise booth located near the front door of the club. You can sign up starting at 6 p.m.

“The Moth is dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling. We celebrate the ability of stories to honor the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. We do so by helping our storytellers to shape their stories and to share them with the community at large. One goal of The Moth is to present the finest storytellers among established and emerging writers, performers and artists; another is to encourage storytelling among populations whose stories often go unheard.” -the moth.org


Friday, March 6

9pm $10.00 Cover

The Kandinski Effect

Kand“Synesthesia is one hell of a ride that shows the strength and innovations left in jazz music and all the new styles of music created in the 21st century. A must hear experience…
- Sound Colour Vibration

Conceived on Paris’s cosmopolitan jazz scene, forged on the road in America, and informed by international currents in electronic music, The Kandinsky Effect is a jazz power trio for the 21st century. Now based in New York City and Paris, the band makes its Cuneiform debut with Synesthesia, a roller-coaster ride of an album marked by fierce grooves, subtle electronic textures, intricate metrical shifts, and a commitment to empathic group interplay.

Featuring Warren Walker on saxophone and electronics, bassist Gael Petrina, and drummer Caleb Dolister, The Kandinsky Effectexplores a distinctive swath of sonic territory, inspired by similarly electronica-laced ensembles like Kneebody and Jaga Jazzist. With a long history as a cutting edge format, the saxophone, bass and drums trio is usually employed by horn players looking to explore harmonically unfettered improvisation. The Kandinsky Effect finds a different kind of freedom in the lack of a chordal instrument.

www.thekandinskyeffect.com


Saturday, March 7

6pm

The Taylor Pierson Trio

Join us for dinner music every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with this homegrown piano trio.


Saturday, March 7

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

The Kandinski Effect

Kand“Synesthesia is one hell of a ride that shows the strength and innovations left in jazz music and all the new styles of music created in the 21st century. A must hear experience…
- Sound Colour Vibration

Conceived on Paris’s cosmopolitan jazz scene, forged on the road in America, and informed by international currents in electronic music, The Kandinsky Effect is a jazz power trio for the 21st century. Now based in New York City and Paris, the band makes its Cuneiform debut with Synesthesia, a roller-coaster ride of an album marked by fierce grooves, subtle electronic textures, intricate metrical shifts, and a commitment to empathic group interplay.

Featuring Warren Walker on saxophone and electronics, bassist Gael Petrina, and drummer Caleb Dolister, The Kandinsky Effectexplores a distinctive swath of sonic territory, inspired by similarly electronica-laced ensembles like Kneebody and Jaga Jazzist. With a long history as a cutting edge format, the saxophone, bass and drums trio is usually employed by horn players looking to explore harmonically unfettered improvisation. The Kandinsky Effect finds a different kind of freedom in the lack of a chordal instrument.

www.thekandinskyeffect.com


Sunday, March 8

12pm Free Admittance

Jarrod Champion

JCBJarrod Champion is a singer, songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, Michigan.  Jarrod is the son of Denise and Barry Champion who were both trained pianists. Taking a note from his parents, Jarrod picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and, after writing and performing for a few years, would eventually turn to the piano himself at the age of 18. Since that time Jarrod has continued to write, perform and record.

During brunch you will hear a wide variety of music transformed into the “piano-man” style.  While Jarrod does touch on some standards you will hear anything from Louis Armstrong to David Bowie, making for a eclectic and unique setting.

http://jarrodchampion.com/

 


Sunday, March 8

6pm Free Admittance

Southeastern Music Academy Jam Session

SeanDobbsThe Southeastern Music Academy has an outstanding music faculty – successful performers with strong academic credentials that perform regularly with professional groups. This talented group of instructors hope to help all levels of students achieve their goals in a fun and encouraging atmosphere.

Hosted by Artistic Director Sean Dobbins
A product of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Sean Dobbins has stayed devoted to education throughout his life. Early mentor Louis Smith, an Ann Arbor Public Schools band teacher, impressed the importance of a good education upon Sean at an early age. Sean is known in his community as a band director, drum teacher and positive influence for many.

In 1999 Sean was asked to become the director of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Summer Jazz Program. This program was designed to help educate and inspire young artist as they began their quest of learning jazz. In 1998, a year before Sean’s arrival, the program was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to low enrollment. In 2000, a year after Sean took over the reigns, the enrollment more than tripled and a year later, the group was featured on WEMU, a national jazz radio program.

http://southeasternmusicacademy.org/


Monday, March 9

Closed


Tuesday, March 10

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

MQ2Featuring:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis, piano

Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist/composer/educator of the Metro-Detroit area who is quickly gaining recognition for his imaginative improvising, and fervently thoughtful voice on the saxophone. Marcus has been playing professionally in the Detroit Jazz scene where he is studying, practicing and composing the music you will hear every Tuesday night.

http://www.marcuselliotmusic.com/


Wednesday, March 11

8pm Free Admittance

The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio

GTOT“A quadruple threat as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger, Glenn Tucker packs an extensive knowledge and conventional wisdom of the jazz tradition with a warm and remarkable personal touch and flare.” -Andrew Bishop

Detroit-based, Ann Arbor-bred musician Glenn Tucker occupies a unique place in the organ jazz world in that he is trained both as a jazz pianist and a classical pipe organist. Glenn brings a broad musical vision to his efforts to expand the possibilities of the Hammond organ and the organ trio format. His mentors include Geri Allen, Claude Black, and Tad Weed. Glenn seeks both to celebrate and contribute to Detroit’s rich musical tapestry. In this weekly residency, he is joined by veteran Detroit masters, (1st Wednesdays) innovative local composers, (2nd Wednesdays) and a rotating cast of young talent performing original music (other weeks).

http://glenntucker.bandcamp.com/


Thursday, March 12

8pm $15.00 Cover

Ben Sharkey

sharkWith performances that have been viewed more than five million times on YouTube alone, Ben Sharkey has been delighting fans worldwide with his romantic style and velvet vocals on old swing and jazz standards that would make old Blue Eyes himself green with envy. His original compositions bear his soul and tug at the listener’s heart strings. Ben Sharkey’s striking good looks and impassioned music makes him a creative tour de force. Although often compared to contemporaries like Michael Buble, Ben is actually more closely comparable to Mel Torme and Harry Connick, Jr, with his intimate interpretations of jazz classics and ability to make them sound fresh and new. His elegant renditions of the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bobby Darrin (along with many others) are both powerful and personal. His original music (available on iTunes) is heartfelt and instantly catching!

 

http://www.bensharkey.com


Friday, March 13

9pm $10.00 Cover

Chris Greene Quartet

ChG“4.5 (out of 5 stars)…the wide-ranging album makes a case for Greene to be known on a wider scale…” - DownBeat Magazine

As soon as the Chris Greene Quartet takes the stage, jazz and rock audiences alike notice something different – something besides the fact that they’re seated next to each other. The jazz crowd can’t help but sense the charisma and electricity, not always seen in a jazz band, that emanates from the quartet even during the saxophonist’s most committed solos. And those fans accustomed to the high energy and loose hi-jinks of a rock band suddenly find themselves diving deeper into improvised music than they might have thought possible. At a time when jazz continues to seek new audiences, the Chris Greene Quartet sits poised on the future’s cusp. In much the way that classical composers have historically used native folk elements as the basis for their art, the CGQ uses familiar modern materials – the funk and hip-hop he heard growing up – as a bridge between jazz and other genres.


Saturday, March 14

6pm Free Admittance

The Taylor Pierson Trio

Join us for dinner music from 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with this homegrown piano trio.


Saturday, March 14

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

Chris Greene Quartet

ChG“4.5 (out of 5 stars)…the wide-ranging album makes a case for Greene to be known on a wider scale…” - DownBeat Magazine

As soon as the Chris Greene Quartet takes the stage, jazz and rock audiences alike notice something different – something besides the fact that they’re seated next to each other. The jazz crowd can’t help but sense the charisma and electricity, not always seen in a jazz band, that emanates from the quartet even during the saxophonist’s most committed solos. And those fans accustomed to the high energy and loose hi-jinks of a rock band suddenly find themselves diving deeper into improvised music than they might have thought possible. At a time when jazz continues to seek new audiences, the Chris Greene Quartet sits poised on the future’s cusp. In much the way that classical composers have historically used native folk elements as the basis for their art, the CGQ uses familiar modern materials – the funk and hip-hop he heard growing up – as a bridge between jazz and other genres.

http://chrisgreenejazz.com


Sunday, March 15

12pm Free Admittance

Jarrod Champion

JCBJarrod Champion is a singer, songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, Michigan.  Jarrod is the son of Denise and Barry Champion who were both trained pianists. Taking a note from his parents, Jarrod picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and, after writing and performing for a few years, would eventually turn to the piano himself at the age of 18. Since that time Jarrod has continued to write, perform and record.

During brunch you will hear a wide variety of music transformed into the “piano-man” style.  While Jarrod does touch on some standards you will hear anything from Louis Armstrong to David Bowie, making for a eclectic and unique setting.

http://jarrodchampion.com/


Sunday, March 15

7pm $10.00 cover

Dan Meinhardt’s Outset

dm4“These are melodies you want to pay close attention to, because the rewards from doing so are often great” –S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

Outset is Dan Meinhardt’s current project. Formed in 2013, Outset has joined Chicago’s diverse musical landscape with a voice impossible to ignore.  Joined by trumpeter Justin Copeland, bassist Tim Ipsen, and drummer Andrew Green, Meinhardt leads the quartet through challenging, yet accessible original compositions and arrangements. The group, modeled on Ornette Coleman’s classic chordless quartets, maintains the spontaneous, conversational nature of Coleman’s highly improvised music. In addition, Outset keeps a sense of accessibility by playing familiar grooves, melodies, and harmonies – yet there’s enough complexity to keep the keenest ear listening. Since emerging on the Chicago scene, Outset has performed in some of the city’s favorite creative-music venues to enthusiastic audiences. As Outset continues to expand beyond Chicago, expect continued dedication to exciting shows, great music, and heartfelt performances.

danmeinhardt.com


Monday, March 16

Closed


Tuesday, March 17

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

MQ2Featuring:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis, piano

Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist/composer/educator of the Metro-Detroit area who is quickly gaining recognition for his imaginative improvising, and fervently thoughtful voice on the saxophone. Marcus has been playing professionally in the Detroit Jazz scene where he has been studying, practicing and composing the music you will hear every Tuesday night.

http://www.marcuselliotmusic.com/

 

 


Wednesday, March 18

8pm Free Admittance

The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio

GTOT

“A quadruple threat as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger, Glenn Tucker packs an extensive knowledge and conventional wisdom of the jazz tradition with a warm and remarkable personal touch and flare.” -Andrew Bishop

Detroit-based, Ann Arbor-bred musician Glenn Tucker occupies a unique place in the organ jazz world in that he is trained both as a jazz pianist and a classical pipe organist. Glenn brings a broad musical vision to his efforts to expand the possibilities of the Hammond organ and the organ trio format. His mentors include Geri Allen, Claude Black, and Tad Weed. Glenn seeks both to celebrate and contribute to Detroit’s rich musical tapestry. In this weekly residency, he is joined by veteran Detroit masters, (1st Wednesdays) innovative local composers, (2nd Wednesdays) and a rotating cast of young talent performing original music (other weeks).

http://glenntucker.bandcamp.com/


Thursday, March 19

8pm $10.00

Zebec

AliFeaturing:
Billy Wolfe – Tenor Saxophone
David Fletcher – Trombone
Ishmael Zghoul – guitar
Mike Humpherys – bass
Zack Yanez – drum set

Zebec was formed in early 2014 with the goal of writing and performing original instrumental improvised music. The group is led by Columbus bred guitarist and composer Ishmael Ali Zghoul and consists mainly of jazz musicians living in the Chicago area. The project is dedicated to exploring sound through the collaborative improvisation, jazz, free jazz, as well compositional and aesthetic concepts of the avant garde.

http://ishmaelalimusic.com


Friday, March 20

9pm $10 Cover

The Bill Heid Piano Trio

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Born in Pittsburgh, keyboard/vocalist Bill Heid has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and the Far East, including a three year stay in Japan. From 1965 through the mid-70′s, he worked the Hammond B-3 organ “chitlin clubs” with his own groups and with jazz greats such as Sonny Stitt, David “Fathead” Newman, Grachan Monchur, Mickey Roker, Joe Dukes, Roger Humphries, Rodney Whitaker, Robert Hurst, Grant Green, Jimmy Ponder, Bruce Foreman, and Henry Johnson, appearing on two Johnson albums for MCA/Impulse. From 1975 to 1984, based in Chicago, Bill toured with blues greats Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker, Son Seals, and Fenton Robinson, playing on two albums with Robinson, two with KoKo Taylor, and another with Roy Buchanan for Alligator Records. From 1963 through 1996, Heid pursued another “career” of sorts. He hitchhiked in the 48 continental states, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, and to the Thailand/Cambodia border, earning a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records. Accurately documenting exactly 400,000 miles, he told of some of his adventures on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1985.

http://theatreorgans.com/grounds/artists/heid/

 


Saturday, March 21

6pm

The Taylor Pierson Trio

Join us for dinner music from 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with this homegrown piano trio.


Saturday, March 21

9:30pm $10 Cover

The Bill Heid Organ Trio

bhoBorn in Pittsburgh, keyboard/vocalist Bill Heid has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and the Far East, including a three year stay in Japan. From 1965 through the mid-70′s, he worked the Hammond B-3 organ “chitlin clubs” with his own groups and with jazz greats such as Sonny Stitt, David “Fathead” Newman, Grachan Monchur, Mickey Roker, Joe Dukes, Roger Humphries, Rodney Whitaker, Robert Hurst, Grant Green, Jimmy Ponder, Bruce Foreman, and Henry Johnson, appearing on two Johnson albums for MCA/Impulse. From 1975 to 1984, based in Chicago, Bill toured with blues greats Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker, Son Seals, and Fenton Robinson, playing on two albums with Robinson, two with KoKo Taylor, and another with Roy Buchanan for Alligator Records. From 1963 through 1996, Heid pursued another “career” of sorts. He hitchhiked in the 48 continental states, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, and to the Thailand/Cambodia border, earning a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records. Accurately documenting exactly 400,000 miles, he told of some of his adventures on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1985.

http://theatreorgans.com/grounds/artists/heid/


Sunday, March 22

12pm Free Admittance

Jarrod Champion

JCBJarrod Champion is a singer, songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, Michigan. Jarrod is the son of Denise and Barry Champion who were both trained pianists. Taking a note from his parents, Jarrod picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and, after writing and performing for a few years, would eventually turn to the piano himself at the age of 18. Since that time Jarrod has continued to write, perform and record.

During Brunch you will hear a wide variety of music transformed into the “piano-man” style.  While Jarrod does touch on some standards you will hear anything from Louis Armstrong to David Bowie, making for a eclectic and unique setting.

http://jarrodchampion.com/


Sunday, March 22

6pm Free Admittance

WSU Open Jam

Wayne_State_University_20130627055136_320_240Wayne State University’s long history of producing world class musicians is one of the great attributes for the City of Detroit. Hosted by Professor Chris Collins, the WSU Director of Jazz Studies, the WSU open jam starts out with a rotating blend of professors performing a energetic set of “hard bop” with their students. As the night moves on, the impressively capable students take over to lead the open jam session. Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome to sit in.

Featuring:
Jacob Schwant, guitar
Vincent Evangelista, drums
Sam Harris, bass

 


Monday, March 23

Closed


Tuesday, March 24

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

 

MQ2Featuring:

Marcus Elliot, saxophone
Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis, piano

Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist/composer/educator of the Metro-Detroit area who is quickly gaining recognition for his imaginative improvising, and fervently thoughtful voice on the saxophone. Marcus has been playing professionally in the Detroit Jazz scene where he is studying, practicing and composing the music you will hear every Tuesday night.

http://www.marcuselliotmusic.com/

 

 


Wednesday, March 25

8pm Free Admittance

The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio

GTOT

Featuring:
Glenn Tucker, Hammond B3
Ralph Tope, guitar
Judson Branam – drums

“A quadruple threat as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger, Glenn Tucker packs an extensive knowledge and conventional wisdom of the jazz tradition with a warm and remarkable personal touch and flare.” -Andrew Bishop

Detroit-based, Ann Arbor-bred musician Glenn Tucker occupies a unique place in the organ jazz world in that he is trained both as a jazz pianist and a classical pipe organist. Glenn brings a broad musical vision to his efforts to expand the possibilities of the Hammond organ and the organ trio format. His mentors include Geri Allen, Claude Black, and Tad Weed. Glenn seeks both to celebrate and contribute to Detroit’s rich musical tapestry. In this weekly residency, he is joined by veteran Detroit masters, (1st Wednesdays) innovative local composers, (2nd Wednesdays) and a rotating cast of young talent performing original music (other weeks).

http://glenntucker.bandcamp.com/


Thursday, March 26

6:30pm $10.00

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

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WSG: The Royal Oak High School Jazz Band (6:45pm)

 

Scott Gwinnell is one of the most active freelance musicians in Detroit and Midwest. Gwinnell, a pianist, composer, and educator has performed, recorded, and/or toured with: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Jimmy Heath, Delfayo Marsalis, John Clayton, and Jon Hendricks, for whom he was music director for 3 years. He has played on 20+ records as a sideman.

Gwinnell directs an award-winning, internationally renowned 18 piece jazz band, The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra . made up of Detroit’s best jazz musicians, has recorded CDs, played festivals, and clubs all over SE Michigan. Members of the group compose and arrange works for this ensemble making it one of the most diverse of its kind.

 

http://www.wscottjazz.com/


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