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Thursday, May 28

9pm $15/$17 Cover

Moon Hooch

HOOCH4$15.00 pre order tickets now available HERE

Moon Hooch captured the imaginations of thousands with its infamous stints busking on subway platforms and elsewhere in New York City: two sax players and a drummer whipping up furious, impromptu raves. This happened with such regularity at the Bedford Ave station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that the band was banned from playing there by the NYPD. The trio’s subsequent tours with They Might Be Giants, Lotus, and Galactic as well as on their own have only broadened the band’s appeal. Wherever Moon Hooch plays, a dance party soon follows.
Hornblow Recordings and Palmetto Records are now proud to release Moon Hooch’s second album, This Is Cave Music, on Sept 16, 2014. The title refers to the term Moon Hooch coined to describe their unique sound: like house music, but more primitive and jagged and raw. Horn players Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen do this by utilizing unique tonguing methods, or adding objects — cardboard or PVC tubes, traffic cones, whatever’s handy — to the bells of their horns to alter their sound. Not to be outdone, drummer James Muschler gets swelling, shimmering sounds from his cymbals, and covers the head of his snare with a stack of splash cymbals to emulate the sound of a Roland TR-808 drum machine’s clap.

 http://www.moonhooch.com/


Friday, May 29

9pm $10.00 Cover

Miles Brown’s Middle Game

Middle GameMiles Brown’s Middle Game, consists of Andrew Bishop on saxophone, Kris Johnson on trumpet, Mike Jellick on piano, Jesse Kramer on drums and Miles brown on bass. The name refers to Miles other passion besides music, chess…..

The middle game is the part of a chess game that invokes the spirit of improvisation, creativity within a given set of parameters, shifts in energy and momentum, and aesthetic beauty. These values will inspire the music this bands creates. All the music will be original and/or freely improvised. They play mainly Miles’s own compositions, but also tunes from the other band members.

http://milesbrown.wordpress.com/


Saturday, May 30

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

Paul Keller’s At Sundown

pkellerPaul Matthew Keller was born March 11, 1962. He began studying the string bass at age 12. By age 16 Paul had played his first jazz gigs in his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. He continued his classical music education at the University of Michigan and moved to Ann Arbor permanently in 1986.

Today, Paul is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area. He has earned the nick-name “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan” as each year, he logs so many miles traveling across the state to perform at various music venues. ,Paul leads the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history. Under Paul’s expert leadership, the PKO (formerly known as the Bird of Paradise Orchestra) has garnered critical and popular acclaim, accepting Washtenaw Council for the Arts “Annie Awards” and Detroit Music Awards for excellence in performing arts.

http://pkorecords.com/


Sunday, May 31

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, May 31

6pm $10.00 Cover

Fatboy and Jive Turkey

FatThe Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey is the brain child of musician Benjamin Hall. His high-energy stage presence, searing vocal vigilance, and truly tasty blues harmonica playing, combined with a dynamic and eclectic group of local and regional musicians, allow this group to provide music lovers with a fresh interpretation of classic blues tunes as well as exciting originals.

 

 

 

http://www.reverbnation.com/fatboyandjiveturkey


Monday, June 1

Closed


Tuesday, June 2

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet WSG: Jonah Parzen-Johnson

JPJonah Parzen-Johnson

Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. He writes lofi music for solo saxophone and analog synthesizer. Imagine the raw energy of an Appalachian Folk choir, tempered by a lofi, minimal aesthetic inspired by the music of Bill Callahan. His carefully assembled analog synthesizer breathes with his saxophone, building independent melodic layers to support his sound, or soaring above his extended technique driven saxophone playing. All performed live, without any looping or recorded samples.

http://jonahpj.com/

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, June 3

8pm Free Admittance

The GFK Quartet

gfkFeaturing:
Dan Gruszka – Guitar / Synth
Eric Fillip – Drums
Dave Sharp – Bass
Omar Taji – Piano / Rhodes / Synth

GFK 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. Dan Gruszka’s mix of classic soul jazz guitar influence and a pedal board ready to create a Pink Floyd-esque wall of sound brings a breath of fresh air to the organ jazz genre. Layer that on top of Scott Kulik’s exacting command of the Hammond Organ locked with Eric “Fil” Fillip’s funk and breakbeat inspired drumming and you have the recipe for an exciting night of music. You can expect to hear both modern and 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 they may listen intently to the group’s musical synergy. Either way, GFK has a passion for music and they want to share it with you.


Thursday, June 4

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, June 5

9pm $10.00 Cover

The Roger Jones Trio

roger-jones-pianist-fspa-facultyjpg-3bdc28ccc5d3848cRoger L. Jones II is a native of Flint who has worked professionally with various artists in the USA, Japan, Europe, and Turkey since 1989. Roger discovered his musical abilities as a child at church while listening to organist Henry Moore. The church, Greater Holy Temple COGIC, was a musical proving ground for young musicians, and Roger’s gospel background provided a springboard to his passion for playing jazz. After graduating from high school, Roger attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, where his musicianship and reputation grew exponentially. Roger has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Joe Henderson, Wallace Roney, and JJ Johnson, among others, and in 2004 released his first CD, “Out of the Wilderness.”
2008 saw Roger Jones’s reemergence as a cutting edge band leader. Mixed with a soulful and modern approach, the music of this band is hot and swings ridiculously hard.

 

 

 


Saturday, June 6

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, June 6

9:30pm $10.00 cover

Jesse Kramer’s Acacia

JesseKramer (1)Jesse Kramer’s debut album “Acacia” is a reflection, a tribute, and a celebration of the Africanisms that shaped Jazz and American music and culture. At the same time, Kramer reflects on his own roots growing up in a Catholic Church choir loft. With “Acacia”, Kramer explores elements of African, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Brazilian music, and finds parallels in his own musical journey. “Acacia” is a collection of singable, danceable, and emotional compositions that push Jazz forward, while paying homage to its past.

 

 

jessekramerdrums.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUCjxXI2wQ8


Sunday, June 7

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, June 7

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X40meFoohjc


Monday, June 8

Closed


Tuesday, June 9

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, June 10

8pm Free Admittance

Matthew “the Boogie Woogie Kid” Ball

Cropped At the piano Smiling“Matthew had heads bobbing, toes tapping, and tushes wiggling, leaving you in awe as his fingers flew across the keys!”
-The Saginaw News

The Holland Sentinel hails, “Matthew Ball is one of Michigan’s premier blues & boogie-woogie pianists!”  With a performance history spanning jazz fests to symphony appearances throughout the Mid-west and Canada, as well as recent appearances on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition”  Matthew has been described as a “rising giant in the field.”
Today declared as “a nationally emerging boogie-woogie master,”  Matthew is helping to define a new generation’s contribution to this treasured American tradition.

http://www.boogiewoogiekid.com/


Thursday, June 11

9pm $10.00 Cover

Rhyta Musik

RhytaFeaturing:
Ross Huff – Trumpet
Eric Schwiezer – Saxophone
Rachel Mazer – Tenor Saxophone
Bethanni Grecynski – Trombone/Vocals
Becca Lindsay – vocals
Joe Fee – Sousaphone
Drew Schmieding – Tapan
Rhyta Musik is a Balkan Brass Band based out of Ann Arbor, MI. While their sound is steeped in the traditional Balkan sound, they explore different street music styles from around the world to incorporate into their music.

http://rhytamusik.com/


Friday, June 12

9pm $10.00 cover

The Hughes/Smith Quintet

HSQThe HSQ is a Detroit-based jazz quintet that performs original music. The group is spearheaded by Saxophonist James Hughes & trumpeter Jimmy Smith. The quintet formed in the autumn of 2012 with the purpose of promoting their brand of Detroit be-bop. Fresh tunes, tight ensemble work, intriguing solos and music that swings are among the groups trademarks.

 

 

 

http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/thehughessmithquintet

http://www.jimmysmithmusic.net/


Saturday, June 13

Closed for a Private Event


Sunday, June 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 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, June 14

7pm $10.00 Cover

Super Happy Funtime Burlesque


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“I think I’ve just seen the best night of burlesque of my life!!” – Allison Henthorn, Kansas City Examiner

SHFB is a blend of musical theater rejects, dance school failures, burnt out musicians, and abandoned poets who bonded over mutual boredom with musical and theatrical standards. They take a no holds barred approach to their performance, reasoning that if you are coming out to see women take their clothes off then you are down with anything; they will make fun of your religion, your lifestyle, your politics, and those shoes. SHFB has 16 members and boasts a musical repertoire of all original music that spans and defies all genres.

http://www.superhappyfuntimeburlesque.com


Monday, June 15

Closed


Tuesday, June 16

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, June 17

8pm $20.00 Cover

Hot Club of Detroit

HCODA Listening Room atmosphere will be enforced

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.”

http://www.hotclubofdetroit.com/             

 


Thursday, June 18

8pm $10.00 Cover

Clear Water

donaldmalloy“Donald Malloy is emerging in the rich tradition of the jazz trumpet from a 21st century perspective befitting his generation. Ample evidence suggests that Donald Malloy is on track to be a significant contributor to the music for many years to come.” -Willard Jenkins

In the spirit on the Movement Festival we at Cliff Bell’s thought we would take the time to book a group that uses both styles of music, Jazz and Electronic. Clear Water is just that band. As a duo Donald Malloy (trumpet) programs ambient sounds and loops that blend in with the live drumming of Kush Abadey. Together they create a unique sound floating somewhere between space funk and hard bop.

http://www.donaldmalloymusic.com/clearwater/


Friday, June 19

9pm $10.00 Cover

The Swamp Donkeys

SwampThe Swamp Donkeys are an extremely versatile group of young musicians who play traditional jass, blues, vaudeville, original music, modern jazz adaptations, and many other jazz and New Orleans-derived styles. They have beginnings and educations in the authentic, New Orleans, grassroots music scene, playing local festivals and second lines, then transitions into world-class music education programs, playing in concerts all over the globe. Their sound is enormously accessible with their frontmen, the Louis Armstrong-sounding, soulful and sweet James Williams, and the audience-wooing, banjo-strumming, song-writing extraordinaire Sam Friend. (Though James does plenty of audience-wooing himself!)

http://swampdonkeyjass.com/


Saturday, June 20

Closed


Sunday, June 21

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, June 21

6pm $10.00 Cover

Fathers Day On Bourbon Street w/ The Swamp Donkeys (New Orleans)

Swamp

Bring dad out this Fathers Day to Cliff Bell’s, where our kitchen staff will be serving up a special New Orleans style dinner! The menu will be available soon make your reservations Today!

The Swamp Donkeys are an extremely versatile group of young musicians who play traditional jass, blues, vaudeville, original music, modern jazz adaptations, and many other jazz and New Orleans-derived styles. They have beginnings and educations in the authentic, New Orleans, grassroots music scene, playing local festivals and second lines, then transitions into world-class music education programs, playing in concerts all over the globe. Their sound is enormously accessible with their frontmen, the Louis Armstrong-sounding, soulful and sweet James Williams, and the audience-wooing, banjo-strumming, song-writing extraordinaire Sam Friend. (Though James does plenty of audience-wooing himself!)

http://swampdonkeyjass.com/


Monday, June 22

Closed


Tuesday, June 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 is studying, practicing and composing the music you will hear every Tuesday night.

http://www.marcuselliotmusic.com/

 

 


Wednesday, July 1

8pm $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.

https://www.facebook.com/gfktrio


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