The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show meeting Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven Band in New Orleans or Bob Dylan and Fats Waller jamming with Mumford & Sons on a front porch in 1938.
Wednesday, April 238pm $10.00 Cover
Thursday, April 248pm $10.00 Cover
The Scott Gwinnell Dectet
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 10 piece jazz band, The Scott Gwinnell Dectet. The SGD, 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. The SGD recently recorded a live album at the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit, MI.
Friday, April 259pm $10.00 Cover
Dmitri Matheny Group (San Francisco)
The Dmitri Matheny Group (quintet) is currently touring our popular Jazz Noir project, offering a fresh spin on familiar TV and movie themes (film noir, spy thrillers and crime dramas), plus a selection of new works, jazz classics and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook. Concert highlights include a Noir Medley of cinematic favorites and our original “Crime Scenes” suite, a dreamlike series of vignettes linked together with voiceover narrative in the hardboiled detective style of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
Saturday, April 266pm No Cover
The Taylor Pierson Trio
Saturday, April 269:30pm $10.00 Cover
The GFK Trio
GFK Trio formed in the spring of 2013 with the idea of acknowledging, extending and revitalizing the classic instrumental jazz organ trio. Each member’s love for the funky and soulful tradition pioneered by artists like Jimmy Smith, mixed with influences from pop, rock, funk, hip hop and electronic, have lead to the trio’s sound: an intense, soulful, energetic and entertaining musical experience. You can expect to hear many classic tunes however you will be surprised at how flawlessly the group integrates fresh new sounds, rhythms, grooves and exciting solo sections. The audience may want to dance, or maybe intently listen to the group’s musical synergy. Whichever it may be, GFK Trio has a passion for music and they want to share it with you.
Sunday, April 2712pm No cover
Sunday, April 278pm $10.00 Cover
The Detroit Dizzy Dames
Billed as being from “The Paris of The West”, Lushes LaMoan is Detroit’s premier burlesque performer. Her style is considered classic bump and grind and often referred to as nostalgic by performers from “the golden age” of burlesque. She is trained in classic theater and comedic arts. She incorporates her knowledge and background as a comedian into her stage persona. Lushes started her performance career doing theater performances and being an original cast member for the Detroit based urban sketch comedy television show, Switch Play TV.
Monday, April 28
Tuesday, April 298pm $10.00 Cover
Laura Dubin Quartet (NY/DET)
Seriously focused upon composing and arranging since 2008, Laura has created more than 40 pieces for solo piano.Laura is planning an intense program of activities for herself, in addition to touring and performing with her trio and larger ensembles. Education has always been a key element of Laura’s purpose, and she has taught privately at all levels since 2009.
Wednesday, April 308:30pm $10.00 Cover
Danny Fox Trio (NY)
Formed in 2008, the NYC-based Danny Fox Trio, featuring pianist Danny Fox, bassist Chris van Voorst van Beest, and drummer Max Goldman, is a true working band hailed for reinventing the classic piano trio format with genre-defying, uniquely personal original music. Whether holed up in a Queens basement rehearsing or touring around the country crammed into a sedan, the trio has spent countless hours developing a rapport that’s immediately palpable in their music. Described as a modern Ahmad Jamal Trio, the band mixes tight ensemble playing with highly interactive, attuned improvisation. Drawing on influences as varied as Ellington, Bartok, and The Meters, the music can switch gears at any moment yet remains cohesive thanks to strong motivic development and rigorous arrangements that challenge the traditional roles of the piano trio instruments.
On the heels of their critically acclaimed debut “The One Constant” (Songlines Recordings), the band celebrates the release of their sophomore effort “Wide Eyed” (Hot Cup Records) Falling somewhere between jazz and chamber music, the new album is rich with sonic surprises: quirky yet danceable rhythms, jaunty melodies, haunting harmonies, and out-of-the-box arrangements.
Thursday, May 17pm $5.00 Cover
WDET Presents The Moth StorySlam: Blood, Sweat & Tears
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, May 29pm $10.00 cover
Gerard Gibbs & Organized Crime
Gerard William Gibbs, born November 16th 1967, has been a lover of Jazz ever since his father introduced him at the tender age of three to the music of the late Jazz organist, Richard “Groove” Holmes. At age seven, when he later had the opportunity to meet Holmes, Gerard grew to idolize Holmes. He knew then that one day, he would play Jazz just like his idol.
Gerard Gibbs, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, is a product of the Detroit Public Schools. He began his musical training in classical Piano at the age of nine. Although he took to this musical style fairly quickly, his interest in performing Jazz never waned. In the summer of 1981, while recovering at home from corrective leg surgery, Gerard received a surprise visit from “Groove” Holmes. Holmes took an immediate interest in Gerard and began to show him all the “tricks of the trade.” Until Holmes’ death in 1991, Gerard had the kind of friendship and mentoring relationship with this international jazz organist that others can only dream about.
Saturday, May 36pm No Cover
The Taylor Pierson Trio
Saturday, May 39:30pm $10.00 cover
The Kris Johnson Group
Kris Johnson – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Marcus Elliot – Tenor Sax
Jon Dixon – Keyboard/Piano
Mike Jellick – Keyboard/Piano
Darell Campbell – Electric Bass
Nate Winn – Drums
Lauren Johnson – Percussion/Drums
Christina Manceor – Marimba/Percussion
“Odd Expressions” is an exciting new album that explores unique musical directions for jazz and classical music. This album features all original compositions by Kris Johnson that explore odd-meter time signatures ranging from 1 through 25. Despite the rhythmic complexity of the music, the album is rooted in deep grooves, lush harmonic structures, and memorable melodies. The featured piece, “Odd Expressions,” is a 25 minute, through-composed piece that skillfully integrates a jazz ensemble with a full symphony orchestra. This work was commissioned by Alan MacNair and the Troy High School Symphony Orchestra for its premiere performance in February of 2011.
Sunday, May 412pm No cover
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