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Saturday, July 4

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, July 4

9:30pm $10.00

Soltura

IMG_1366Soltura plays a wide variety of folkloric dance music from the Caribbean mixed with American modern groove music. The group is headed by Ray and Michelle Ureña on guitar and saxophone Their instrumentation also includes congas, cajon, bass and occasional flute

 

 

 

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/soltura/soltura-sampler


Sunday, July 5

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, July 5

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, July 6

Closed


Tuesday, July 7

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 8

8pm $10.00

Damon Banks “Travelguides” with special guest Gwen Laster

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“needing nothing attracts everything”
-Russell Simmons

Violinist Gwen Laster and Bassist Damon Banks bring their 4 piece ensemble to celebrate the release of Damon’s project “Travelguides” and to perform music from Gwen’s upcoming CD “Gameboard”(co produced with Damon). “Travelguides”- written and conceived by this Bronx born bassist reflect the sights and the sounds of his life traveling the world as a professional musician. Many of his fans and colleagues call this project “the streetcorner where world, jazz and improvisational art forms meet and fall in love”. Gwen, a native Detroiter , Classically trained/ improviser and Jazz violinist recorded “Gameboard” deeply inspired by her interest in music of Africa, India and Eastern philosophy. Her playing described by Hrayr Attarian from All About Jazz magazine stat es “Violinist Gwen La s ter plays with an impeccable sense of swing”- Both artists are champions of progressive education who teach and present workshops in Jazz and improvisation to young musicians everywhere.

www.gwenlaster.com

www.damonbanks.net


Thursday, July 9

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.facebook.com/DOdrumsandorgan


Friday, July 10

9pm $10.00 cover

The David Gadd Quintet

Gadd QuintetFeaturing:

David Gadd – Hammond Organ / Piano
Paul Parente – Trumpet
“JT” Tockstein – Tenor Sax
Mark Broadwell – Bass, flute, vocals
Bill Hulet – Drums

 

The David Gadd Quintet came to fruition in the Spring of 2007. Dave’s love of post bop jazz through the 60’s and 70’s heavily influenced his original compositions and his desire to transcribe obscure arrangements from recordings of that era. In addition to that, don’t be surprised if you hear a jazzed up arrangements of Randy Bachman, Billy Paul, or Marvin Gaye. As one youtube subscriber put it: “This makes me want to delve into the world of Jazz a little deeper”. The group is well rounded with an abundance of musical diversity. Bassist / Vocalist Mark Broadwell contributes to the groups arrangements with an always fresh approach whether it be an original composition or a jazzed up pop tune. Trumpeter Paul Parente delivers excitement, clarity and creativity in his soloing abilities. Paul also performs as lead trumpet for the Southfield Jazz Orchestra. Resident drummer Bill Hulet is no stranger to the scene having played every notable venue locally and then some. Bill has a great sense of whats going on around him at all times and provides the kind of support the rest of the musicians appreciate. On Tenor Saxophone, newcomer ‘JT” (Jonathan) Tockstein currently enrolled at Wayne State University is “digging in” and carrying on the tradition.


Saturday, July 11

Closed for a Private Event


Sunday, July 12

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, July 12

3:30pm $10.00 Cover

The Metro Jazz Workshop – Private Event

***Please note this is a private event.

The  Metro-Detroit Jazz Workshop is a clinic/performance opportunity for students of all ages, instruments including voice, and experience levels.

Besides classes and clinics, there is a combo rehearsal with fellow students and faculty
coach. Combos and faculty perform together at Cliff Bells Jazz Club
in Detroit, MI for family and friends.

Tuition is reasonable and partial talent scholarships are available to interested applicants.
Drums, pianos, and sound system for vocalists are provided. Other college and high school jazz camps concentrate on placing with larger bands and reading music, but the MDJW focuses on small group improvisation. There is great individual attention with a faculty to student ratio of 4 to 1. Students are educated both in the music and about their instrument, and will also have a fun week of playing music and appreciating America’s own music / art form, Jazz.


Monday, July 13

Closed


Tuesday, July 14

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/


Wednesday, July 15

8pm $10.00

The Quick Trio

IMG_0086Featuring:

Jason Quick – Guitar, Composer
Zac Kreuz – Drums
Josh Bartolomeo – Upright Bass

Since 2004 The Quick Trio has played primarily original material in their sets. The tunes performed are each unique in their Forms and Rhythm Structures. The musical challenge for the group is to make each tune, for the listening audience, a cohesion of melody, harmony, spirit, groove and plain good fun.

 

 


Thursday, July 16

8pm $20.00

Larry Fuller Trio

fuller-background-home“In his amazing gossamer piano solos, he sprinkles stardust on whatever song he plays; you hold your breath in wonder.” -NY Times

Featuring:
Larry Fuller, Piano
Katie Thiroux, Bass
Matt Witek, Drums

From bop to swing to stride, Larry Fuller – direct from New York City – summarizes the history of jazz piano. His stunning command at the keyboard assured him the job as bass legend Ray Brown’s last pianist before joining John Pizzarelli’s Quartet. For Cliff Bell’s, Larry will play highlights from his latest self-titled CD, an album of classic jazz standards just released.

www.larryfuller.com


Friday, July 17

8pm $10.00 Cover

The Detroit All-Star Organ Quartet

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$10.00 Cover

Featuring:
George Davidson, drums
Perry Hughes, guitar
Vincent Bowens, flute, soprano saxophone and tenor saxophone
Duncan McMillan, Hammond B-3

 

 

http://www.pkorecords.com/members/dmcmillan.htm

 

 

 


Saturday, July 18

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, July 18

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

The Ray Parker Quartet

Ray parker”What we do is not art, as art is perceived and not created. Those setting out to create art will invariably fail. We are craftsmen…” -Ray

The Ray Parker Quartet, consisting of saxophone, piano, bass and drums, is a seamless blend of the entire gamut of jazz styles and history. The group delves deeply into the American Songbook while also exploring original music and compositions from masters and innovators like Charlie Parker, Lennie Tristano and the Beatles — and an occasional toe dipped into the melodic avant-garde. A decidedly acoustic band, the underpinnings of swing and the joy of playing that make jazz are never lost. Ray brings the bass to the forefront of the group, exploring an instrument traditionally in the accompanying role as a melodic voice.

 

http://www.rayparkerbassplayer.com/


Sunday, July 19

12pm Free Admittance

Jarrod Champion

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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, July 19

6pm $10.00 Cover

Rachel Mazer

 
Rachel Mazer photo 2“Rachel amazed the intimate audience with her incredibly luscious voice. As classic as Billie Holiday and as fresh as Beyoncé, Rachel delivered five original songs and one inspired by the greats” – Arts at Michigan

Rachel Mazer is a talented and soulful singer and tenor saxophone player who began performing and recording music professionally since she was 8 years old. She started singing ever since she could talk, and by the age of 12, she began playing the saxophone. At the young age of 23, She is the founder and bandleader of the Rachel Mazer Band where she combines her skills as a singer, saxophone player, and composer to perform in a style deeply influenced by jazz, soul, R&B, and pop.

https://www.facebook.com/rachelmazermusic

 


Monday, July 20

Closed


Tuesday, July 21

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 22

8pm Free Admittance

JC Heard Jazz Week at WSU Alumni Band

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The J.C. Heard Jazz Week@Wayne Alumni Band represents the best of eight years of students participating in the J.C. Heard Jazz Week@Wayne program. The band is made up of a diverse combination of student artists in the metro Detroit community. Students that participate in the J.C. Heard Jazz Week@Wayne Alumni Band range from high school through college age.  Musically, the Alumni Band is a powerful jazz septet that is already developing a unique jazz sound. The band excels at performing, composing original music and because of their sound, the band is breathing new life into classic jazz.

 

 

 

 

http://music.wayne.edu/jazzweek.php


Thursday, July 23

7pm $10.00 Cover

Soul Cycle

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Featuring:
Thomas Starr, drums
Nicolas Gingras – Hammond B3
Matt Thibodeau, guitar

Soul Cycle plays American Jazz/Soul Organ music styled after the masters.  The set contents include contemporary renditions as wells as a litany of classic songs performed by the greats [Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Soulive, Tony Monaco etc.]

Formed in early 2013, Soul Cycle is comprised of studio musicians from various groups rooted in New England & the Mid-West. The group has roots in funk, jazz & R&B but Soul Cycle excels in the true emulation of gritty Hammond oldies.

http://www.soulcyclemusic.net/

 


Friday, July 24

8pm $10.00 Cover

Ali Bey Quartet

Alibey_myfinesthour_album_cover“The New Detroit Jazz Funk- is relentlessly beating its way out of the metro Detroit area. one of the champions pushing this torrid jazz fusion movement is bass guitarist Ali Bey.”

Ali Bey was born In Detroit, Michigan, on August 1, 1970. He began playing bass guitar at age eleven. His musical development was strongly influenced by his father, Robert Lee Andrews.
Ali grew up listening to all types of music: Gospel, Classical, Jazz, R&B, and Rock. He developed a special love for Traditional Jazz and Jazz Fusion. He has been influenced by Jazz greats such as Harold McKinney, Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, and Herbert Nicholson. This gave Ali the fundamental tools preparing him for the Entertainment Industry.
As an accomplished bassist, arranger and composer, Ali is currently working on an up and coming self- titled debut project to be released this summer. Ali’s future plans include staying in the Entertainment Industry and becoming a creative and influential artist.

http://www.alibeybass.com


Saturday, July 25

9:30pm $10.00 cover

the Diego Rivera Quartet

DiegoJFDiego Rivera has been called, “A vital, new voice on the saxophone.” In 1999, Rivera toured nationally with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for their Big Band ’99 U.S. tour. Since, his performances have taken him throughout North America, Russia and Japan. Rivera has been teaching Jazz Studies at Michigan State University since 2002. In 2010, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation at Michigan State University. His Commitment to the education of young jazz musicians resulted in his appointment as Associate Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Ensembles. In 2005 Rivera was commissioned by the Center for Great Lakes Culture to compose and premiere an original jazz suite in honor of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. In 2006, he released his first album Hercules on his own label, Rivera Records. An avid composer and arranger, Rivera has written arrangements for a number of events and concerts, most notably for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Motor City Jazz” concert, a tribute to the music and musicians of Detroit. Rivera and MSU Jazz Orchestra I under the direction of Rodney Whitaker premiered Rivera’s arrangement of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” suite in 2006 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. Rivera’s arrangements can also be heard on two of The Carl Allen-Rodney Whitaker Project’s critically acclaimed Mack Avenue Records recordings entitled, Get Ready (2007) and Work To Do (2008). In the fall of 2013 he will release his second album The Contender on the D-Clef Records label. Diego is an endorser for Thomas Woodwinds Mouthpieces. In addition to his own ensemble, Rivera has toured with Juno-Award winning Canadian Vocalist, Sophie Milman, The Rodney Whitaker Quartet and the MSU Professors of Jazz. Rivera has also performed with Christian McBride, Jon Hendricks, Clark Terry, Ellis Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Cobb, The Michael Dease Big Band, The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and The Gerald Wilson Big Band.

http://www.diegoriverajazz.com/


Sunday, July 26

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, July 26

6pm $10.00 Cover

Occidental Gypsy

OCG_022314_131“A Whirling dervish of sound rooted in the Hot Club of France, this quartet plays a stunning mix of traditional gypsy guitars and violin with breathtaking originals.” – WCUW 91.3 FM

Featuring:
Eli Bishop – violin
Jeff Feldman- bass,
Jeremy Frantz – vocals & guitar
Erick Cifuentes – percussion
Brett Feldman – lead guitar

Nationally recognized Occidental Gypsy plays a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces and with many notable covers like a “gypsyfied” take on Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The Boston Globe has named them a “Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment,” and musician David Bromberg said of the group, “great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.”

Occidental Gypsy is pioneering the sound of world Gypsy music. Their mélange of uptempo, high-energy rhythms of gypsy swing, melded with catchy melodic hooks and the complex structures of jazz, delivers a thrilling auditory experience to listeners.

http://www.occidentalgypsyband.com/


Monday, July 27

Closed


Tuesday, July 28

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 29

8pm $10.00 Cover

Ornamatik

Balken Festival NYC 2014Ornâmatik captivates audiences with an energetic and unique take on Eastern European folk music. With its tight rhythm section and funky horns, the band plays music from all over the Balkans. The result is infectious grooves, often in the odd-time meters of traditional folk dances. Audiences can’t help but come together and dance when they feel the power of the music!

 

 

http://ornamatik.squarespace.com/


Friday, July 31

9pm $10.00 cover

Detroit Jazz Festival Presents: the National Guitar Competition

Detroit_Jazz_Festival_LogoUnder the direction of DJF Artistic Director Chris Collins, the past several years has seen a tremendous amount of outreach to the jazz community. Every year hundreds of musicians from across the US submit to enter into a competition overseen by DJF  staff and musicians. This year the chosen instrument is the guitar and will once again feature some the finest up-and-coming musicians that can be found. Witness the final round of the competition at Cliff Bell’s as it will be narrowed down to three final jazz guitarists.

 

 

http://www.detroitjazzfest.com/concerts.html


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