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Wednesday, November 26

8pm $10 Cover

Planet D Nonet

PD9The PLANET D NONET “a down & dirty little swing band from Detroit” was founded by drummer RJ Spangler & trumpeter James O’Donnell, two eastside Detroit based musicians who’ve been playing together for over 30 years. The Nonet features players from such venerated groups as the Sun Messengers, Bon Ton Roule’ and Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents as well as some talented young veterans. We play the classic swing music of Ellington & Strayhorn, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie & Benny Carter as well as more modern jazz by Sun Ra and Pharoah Saunders, and always with a Detroit twist.

The Planet D Nonet is about swing, blues, space-age jazz and classic American songs all served with plenty of good humor with an eye toward turning people onto this kind of music.

http://www.planetdnonet.com


Thursday, November 27

Closed For the Holiday


Friday, November 28

9pm $10.00 cover

The Thaddeus Dixon Quartet

TdixFrom reality show star to producer to entertainer, Thaddeus Dixon is everywhere in today’s entertainment scene. You never know where you might see him next. Born on Detroit’s west side, Dixon started playing the drums at the age of three and was the youngest participant in the history of the American Guild of Music to receive their highest honor in the category of drums. Dixon has performed, recorded, and worked with a number of entertainers including Sean Kingston, Wynton Marsalis, Kelsey Grammer, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many more.

Featuring:
Marcus Elliot, tenor saxophone
Thaddeus Dixon, tubs
Josef Deas, bass
Mike Jellick, piano

http://www.thaddeusdixon.com/


Saturday, November 29

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, November 29

9:30pm $10.00 cover

The Thaddeus Dixon Quartet

TdixFrom reality show star to producer to entertainer, Thaddeus Dixon is everywhere in today’s entertainment scene. You never know where you might see him next. Born on Detroit’s west side, Dixon started playing the drums at the age of three and was the youngest participant in the history of the American Guild of Music to receive their highest honor in the category of drums. Dixon has performed, recorded, and worked with a number of entertainers including Sean Kingston, Wynton Marsalis, Kelsey Grammer, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many more.

Featuring:
Marcus Elliot, tenor saxophone
Thaddeus Dixon, tubs
Josef Deas, bass
Mike Jellick, piano

http://www.thaddeusdixon.com/


Sunday, November 30

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 his performances 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, November 30

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, December 1

Closed


Tuesday, December 2

8pm Free Admittance

The Michael Malis Trio

mikemalisFeaturing:
Ben Rolston, bass
Julian Allen, drums
Michael Malis, piano

 

 

http://www.michaelmalis.com/


Wednesday, December 3

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, December 4

7pm $5.00 Cover

WDET Presents The MOTH StorySlam

mothpic1As 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, December 5

9pm $10 Cover

The DOT

Justin-Dillard_image“Hammond Artist Justin Dillard. Chicago continues to produce promising young jazz musicians intent on expanding the definition of the music…” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

The DOT is comprised of Hammond Artist Justin Dillard, veteran guitarist Vinnie Roofe, and phenomenal shooting star drummer Samuel Jewell all of Chicago. All have extensive backgrounds in every genre of music possible that extend from the great avant garde jazz tenor man Fred Anderson to Carl Thomas. The music they play is called ‘GIT down’. An art form of original music composed and arranged by Justin Dillard which at its core combines everyone from organ masters Dr. Lonnie Smith and Jimmy McGriff to The Ohio Players, Ray Charles and Sly And The Family Stone. The members of The DOT all lend a piece of the puzzle that catapults Hammond Organ music to another plateau never heard before.

 

http://hammondorganco.com/artists/organ-and-leslie-artists/justin-dillard/
https://www.facebook.com/Jus10Dillard


Saturday, December 6

Closed for a Private Event


Sunday, December 7

12pm Free Admittance

Jake Shadik

Featuring Jake on solo saxophone.


Sunday, December 7

7pm Free Admittance

The Progressive Underground: Next 100

cc11The Progressive Underground w/ Chris Campbell serves up a creative mix Afro-pean, house, electronic…. all the things that will make Sunday night with WDET unforgettable. Join us for a special night celebrating Chris Campbell’s first 100 shows as he hosts his show live at Cliff bell’s!

 

 

wdet.org


Monday, December 8

Closed


Tuesday, December 9

8pm Free Admittance

the Michael Malis Trio

mikemalisFeaturing:
Michael Malis, piano
Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums

 

 

http://www.michaelmalis.com/


Wednesday, December 10

Closed for a Private Event


Thursday, December 11

Closed for a Private Event


Friday, December 12

8pm $10.00 cover

the Wil Blades Trio

wil blades“Yeah, he does it…he’s on it. He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ, [of] the B-3.” – Dr. Lonnie Smith

From cookin’ with Blues legend John Lee Hooker, organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, television and radio appearances, Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and “Groove” Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. In Wil’s words, “I feel indebted to the tradition and masters of the Hammond Organ, but while trying to keep it going, I’m also focused on bringing my contemporary influences to the table.” His playing is rhythmic, funky and bluesy, yet his original compositions are harmonically intriguing and unique.

 

 

http://www.wilblades.com/


Saturday, December 13

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, December 13

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

Thornetta Davis

TDavis2For over twenty years this multi-talented native Detroiter has graced and dominated Michigan’s most attended events. She has performed over two hundred shows a year with grace and stamina. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more.

She first gained attention in 1987 when she became back up singer for the Detroit soul band “Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs”. Shortly after, the lead singer left the band and the name changed to “The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis”. In 1996 Thornetta recorded her first solo album “Sunday Morning Music” with former members of Detroit Rock band Big Chief on the Seattle based label “Sub Pop” which received a rave revue in the national Entertainment Weekly magazine. The song “Cry” from that album was featured on the HBO hit cable drama “The Sopranos”.

Thornetta has opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson, Betty LaVette, Keb Mo’, and many more…her history is extensive and her performances are memorable…like the time she opened for Bonnie Raitt at Michigan’s Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz festival in 1992. Bonnie asked Thornetta to join her and Katie Webster (queen of the swamp boogie) for an encore song which received a standing ovation.

http://www.thornettadavis.com/


Sunday, December 14

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, December 14

5pm Free Admittance

Oakland University Jazz Night

Oakland_University_LogoA formal review of the jazz professors and students that make up OU’s jazz program.

Featuring:
Miles Brown, Bass
Mark Stone, Percussion
Sean Dobbins, Drums
Tad Weed, Piano
Carl Cafagna, Sax, Vocals

 

 

 

 

 


Monday, December 15

Closed


Tuesday, December 16

8pm Free Admittance

The Michael Malis Trio

mikemalisFeaturing:
Michael Malis, piano
Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums

 

 

http://www.michaelmalis.com/


Wednesday, December 17

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, December 18

8pm $10.00 cover

¡DO!

DO!¡DO! – Deep grooving drums and organ duo featuring Chris Cawthray and Simeon Abbott, delivering an “organ”ic mix of surf, reggae, roots music, and jazz improvisation. Specializing in funky breakdowns and jam madness, ¡DO! is a road-tested band that has performed in bars, clubs, tiki lounges, coffee houses, art galleries, retail stores, house concerts, theatres, festivals, comedy clubs, game shows, burlesque theatres, bat mitzvahs and craft fairs. Audiences of all kinds connect with ¡DO!’s danceable grooves, expressive improvisation and irreverent humour. ¡DO! does it for you!

 

 

http://www.drumsandorgan.com/


Friday, December 19

9pm $25 cover

Hot Club of Detroit with James Carter

james_carter_2_2013_photo_norman_timoneraCliff Bell’s welcomes Detroit native and three-time critics’ choice award-winner James Carter to the sunburst stage. With an acclaimed international performance history, Carter has become known for uniquely marrying classical and jazz elements in his music. Known as a powerhouse musician and one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation, James Carter delivers an exceptional show, every time.

Inspired by the great European gypsy-Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, the Hot Club of Detroit has been thrilling audiences, and bringing the “heat” since 2003. A guaranteed sell out, the Hot Club of Detroit has a first-place win in the 2004 Detroit International Jazz Festival and multiple Detroit Music Awards. After experiencing just one live performance, you’ll know why Detroit was once called the “Paris of the Midwest.”

This collaboration featuring James Carter and the Hot Club of Detroit is one show you won’t want to miss.

http://www.hotclubofdetroit.com/             http://jamescarterlive.com

 


Saturday, December 20

9:30pm $10 cover

Mike Jellick’s Nutcracker Suite

JellyA timeless set of music since its inception in 1892, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet” has remained a beautiful work that people have come to appreciate nearly every holiday season. In 1960, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn came together to arrange excerpts from the ballet – a set of arrangements that would become one of the most popular jazz arrangements of a classical piece in modern music.

One of the Midwest’s most innovative pianists, Mike Jellick, brings to you a new and intrepid take on the heralded suite on Sat., Dec. 22 at 9:30 p.m. $10 cover. Keeping versatile while maintaining tradition was a high priority in conceiving the arrangements, from start to finish. This vision incorporates not only ideals and sub-styles from a traditional straight-ahead jazz viewpoint, but heavily infuses a collection of other musical genres and colors into The Nutcracker. From the expected classical roots that Jellick grew up studying and mastering to ambient music. Full throttle lines of the iconic Be-Bop era merge with Electronica and Post-Bop to culminate in a wide array of his musical influences.

Included in this collection are provocative versions of ‘Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy’, as well as ‘Waltz of the Flowers’. This version of The Nutcracker is the first in an all-new series by Mike Jellick exclusively featuring classical pieces arranged for a Chamber setting.

www.flavors.me/mikejellickJazz


Sunday, December 21

12pm Free Admittance

Jarrod Champion

JCB

 

Jarrod 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 his performances 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, December 21

9pm $25-30 Cover

The Bad Plus

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Get your tickets HERE

Sunday December 21st, 2014
$25/$30 Cover
Doors at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Shows at 5 p.m. and 8pm
Reservations will not be accepted/ General Admission only

*Please note that ticket sales online end on 12/20/2014 at midnight; after that tickets are only available at the door the night of the show.

The Bad Plus’ 10th studio recording, Inevitable Western, sees bassist Reid Anderson, pianistEthan Iverson, and drummer David King further honing the same conceptual base that fired their inception. Yet again they continue to explore myriad musical forms born of jazz along with any sonic source that forwards music that is uniquely The Bad Plus. Inevitable Western is an album where pop, blues, and folk meld with classic melodies and rhythmic innovation into that rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for the masses.

thebadplus.com


Monday, December 22

Closed


Tuesday, December 23

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, December 24

Closed for the Holiday


Thursday, December 25

Closed for the Holiday


Friday, December 26

9pm $10.00 cover

The Curtis Taylor Quartet

CT2014Featuring:
Curtis Taylor, trumpet
Mike Jellick, piano
Noah Jackson, bass
Sean Dobbins, drums

Grammy Award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his counterparts. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm melt together for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul of the listener. According to Taylor, “ When played honestly, music is the ultimate conveyor of truth and beauty.”

www.curtistaylor.net


Saturday, December 27

9:30pm $10.00 cover

The Vincent Chandler Organ Quintet

IMG_0200Vincent Chandler is one of the finest Trombonist to hail from Detroit since Curtis
Fuller, who happens to be his main influence. He was introduced to jazz at
Chadsey High School by music teacher Rodney Bonner. He later studied with
Detroit Tenor Saxophonist Donald Walden and received hands on performance
training experience from Detroit local heroes such as: Kenn Cox, Marcus Belgrave,
Harold McKinney, Teddy Harris, Wendell Harrison, Spencer Barefield, Rodney
Whitaker, Regina Carter and James Carter. Vincent also performed with the Joe
Henderson Sextet, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, WyCliffe Gordon and Geri Allen. He was a featured artist on the 2009 Playboy Jazz Festival, where he performed with Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller. Vincent is the former bandleader of a popular Detroit/Ann Arbor based quintet called Urban Transport.
Mr. Chandler is currently a member of the Roy Hargrove Big Band and was a featured soloist on “Emergence,” Hargrove’s first Big Band record as a leader. In May 2014, he released his most recent cd called “Embraceable.” As an educator
Vincent was an adjunct instructor of Jazz Trombone at Michigan State University, a Lecturer of Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan and he is now a Visiting Instructor and Interim Director of Jazz Studies at Claflin University in South
Carolina.

 


Sunday, December 28

6pm Free Admittance

Harmonica Shah & Howard Glazer

Shah“Born in California, Shah also spent time in Somerville, Texas, with his blues harmonica and guitar playing grandfather, Sam Dawson. Dawson had recorded for both Alan Lomax and Duke Records. His mother, a beautician, encouraged him to be a salesman for Jet magazine in the latter part of the 1950s. This allowed Shah access to Oakland’s bars and clubs, where he heard musicians such as Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, Juke Boy Bonner and Big Mama Thornton.
Shah told Living Blues magazine that his grandfather’s passion for the blues inspired him. “Well see I picked it up from him, he’d be out in the fields singin’ all that (sings in a slow moan) ‘Tell me how long, whoa, tell me how long it’s been since you’ve been away from home’ Well, that’s raw! That’s a big damn difference from ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’”.
He moved to Detroit in 1967, and worked for Ford Motors for fifteen years. Shah bought himself a cheap harmonica in 1976 and, while operating as a taxicab driver, Shah was introduced to local blues jam sessions. “Hell, that was it, no turning back then”, Shah recalled.” -Wikipedia

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Tuesday, December 30

8pm Free Admittance

the Marcus Elloit 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/

 


Sunday, January 4

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 his performances 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/


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