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Saturday, August 23

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, August 23

9:30pm $10 Cover

The Bill Heid Organ Trio (Pittsburgh)

bhoFeaturing:
Bill Heid, Hammond B3 organ
Russ Miller, horns
Jeff Shoup, drums

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/


Sunday, August 24

Closed for a Private Event


Monday, August 25

Closed


Tuesday, August 26

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

meqFeaturing:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
“Big” Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis “at the Palace”, piano

https://soundcloud.com/marcuselliot

http://marcuselliotquartet.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 


Wednesday, August 27

8pm No Cover

The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio

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Featuring:
Glenn Tucker, Hammond B3
Ralph Tope, guitar
Kayvon Gordon, 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, August 28

8pm $10.00 cover

Gustavo Cortinas’ Snapshot (Chicago)

gustavCover begins at 7 p.m.
Show begins at 8 p.m.

“Really slick. First class stuff. Great tunes. All the solos are easy smooth and not show off shit. Everybody is one for the music on this record. There is a tremendous amount of dedication and surrender to the music here as the band moves as one collective through the orchestral nature of this music… a very colorful and emotional musical trip… There is no one player that is better than another, they all together make the great musician who plays this music…”- Johnny Vidacovich on “Snapshot”.

 

http://www.gustavocortinasmusic.com/

 

 


Friday, August 29

10pm $10.00 cover

the Diego Rivera Quartet

DiegoJFFor the past several years on Labor Day weekend, Cliff Bell’s has offered up a “Artist in Residence” at the club to perform all weekend long. We have done this to showcase one of our favorite locally based artist for all the visitors in the city attending the Detroit Jazz Festival and, of course, our local patrons. You never know who could show up after the festival get’s out but from time-to-time we get some of the festival’s musicians showing up to sit in, you dig.

Diego Rivera, saxophones
Rick Roe, piano
George DeLancey, bass
Nick Bracewell, drums

Diego 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/

 


Saturday, August 30

10pm $10.00 cover

the Diego Rivera Quartet

DiegoJFFor the past several years on Labor Day weekend, Cliff Bell’s has offered up a “Artist in Residence” at the club to perform all  weekend long. We have done this to showcase one of our favorite locally based artist for all the visitors in the city attending the Detroit Jazz Festival and, of course, our local patrons. You never know who could show up after the festival get’s out but from time-to-time we get some of the festival’s musicians showing up to sit in, you dig.

Featuring:
Diego Rivera, saxophones
Rick Roe, piano
George DeLancey, bass
Nate Winn, drums

Diego 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, August 31

Closed for Brunch (Private Event)


Sunday, August 31

10pm $10.00 cover

the Diego Rivera Quartet

DiegoJFFor the past several years on Labor Day weekend, Cliff Bell’s has offered up a “Artist in Residence” at the club to perform all  weekend long. We have done this to showcase one of our favorite locally based artists for all the visitors in the city attending the Detroit Jazz Festival and, of course, our local patrons. You never know who could show up after the festival get’s out but from time-to-time we get some of the festival’s musicians showing up to sit in, you dig.

Featuring:
Diego Rivera, saxophones
Rick Roe, piano
George DeLancey, bass
Nate Winn, drums

Diego 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/


Monday, September 1

Closed


Tuesday, September 2

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

meqFeaturing:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
“Big” Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis “at the Palace”, piano

https://soundcloud.com/marcuselliot

http://marcuselliotquartet.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 


Wednesday, September 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, September 4

7pm $5.00 Cover

WDET Presents The Moth StorySlam

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, September 5

9pm $10 Cover

The Alex Levine Quintet

Alex LFeaturing:
Alex Levine, guitar
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
Ben Rolston, bass
Stephen Boegehold, tubs

Alex Levine is a guitarist, composer, and improviser, currently living in New York City.  He graduated from the University of Michigan jazz studies program in 2012, where he studied with Geri Allen and Frank Portolese, and is an alumnus of the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop.  Alex has played at renowned venues in New York City such as Cornelia St. Café and The Stone, and at venues around the tri-state area.  He has collaborated in a multitude of musical contexts including as a member of bands led by Andrew Bishop, Marcus Elliot, Ben Rolston, Vincent Chandler, Greg “Vibrations” Williams (Sonny Rollins, Grant Green), and most recently as a member of Trio of Astounding Determination.  Alex has performed numerous concerts throughout the United States and Europe, including concerts in Germany and the Czech Republic.  He released his debut recording, “Quartet”, in October 2012.

alexlevinemusic.com


Saturday, September 6

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

The Third Coast Kings

Third_Coast_Kings_tourThe Third Coast Kings are an eight element proper deep funk and soul outfit from Michigan. They make it a point to remain true to the style and technique of playing proper deep funk and soul to a live audience that might otherwise only be heard on dusty 45s. They are proud to be a part of the growing number of acts putting the right kind of funk back onto the stage, bringing the hot heat to wherever they perform, like only the Kings can. These cats will put the dip back into your hips and the jive in your stride.

 

 

http://www.thirdcoastkings.com/

 


Sunday, September 7

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, September 7

8pm $15.00

Forq (NY)

FORQ_HIresFresh off the release of their eponymous debut album, the New York/Dallas quartet FORQ is embarking on their first-ever international tour.

Made up of Lost Tribe founder Adam Rogers (Brecker Brothers, Chris Potter, Norah Jones, Paul Simon)Rudder founder Henry Hey on keyboards (Jeff “Tain” Watts, David Bowie, Empire of the Sun), Snarky Puppy founder and Grammy Award-winner Michael League on bass (Kirk Franklin, Wayne Krantz/Ari Hoenig Quartet, Lalah Hathaway), and Jason “JT” Thomas on drums (Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Marcus Miller, D’Angelo), FORQ is an all-star ensemble of sorts – but with the spirit and cohesiveness of a garage band.

Though based in New York City, the group retains a subtle Texas accent, where Michael League and Jason Thomas established a fast friendship and musical rapport through almost two years of weekly gigs in legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright’s trio. Upon moving to the east coast, League teamed up with Henry Hey and Adam Rogers (who are East Village neighbors, by coincidence) to form a group rooted deep in that distinctly southern groove, but with with both the fire and inventiveness that NYC is known for. Hey and Rogers contribute all but one of the tracks on FORQ’s debut album, a mixture of fierce, playful, and soulful material. It’s the Texas-meets-Manhattan cocktail that has a created a sound rich in both musical intelligence and undeniable pocket.

FORQ’s double-disc CD/DVD (which features full-length, in-studio video of each track) will be released on GroundUP Music in September of 2014.


Monday, September 8

Closed


Tuesday, September 9

7pm Free Admittance

Joshco (Germany)

joscho0251Just 20 years old when he released his first CD on the highly regarded label Acoustic Music Records, his name was already known to insiders as a force to be reckoned with on the acoustic guitar.

His debut was named CD of the month by the American magazine Guitar Player and critics waxed eloquent about this virtuoso young musician working in the swing tradition of Django Reinhardt. This authentic European jazz form with its charming mixture of joyous enthusiasm and relaxed coolness offers the ideal platform for Joscho Stephan’s remarkable technical abilities. This fact is underlined by the high level of attention accorded to his CD releases.

On his fourth album “Acoustic Live”, Stephan showcases his mastery of Gipsy Jazz, accompanied by varying line-ups from trio to sextett, and simultaneously stretches the boundaries of the genre. It comes as no surprise that invitations to appear on renowned festivals around the world are becoming ever more frequent. (Photo by Manfred Pollart) 

http://www.joscho-stephan.de/en


Wednesday, September 10

8pm Free Admittance

Myriad3 (Canada)

Mydrid3Myriad3 was an accident. Chris, Dan, and Ernesto had never played together until a few substitutions and a twist of fate put them on stage together for the first time in late 2010. Since then, the trio has completed multiple tours of Canada, the US and Europe, including opening for Earth, Wind & Fire at the Ottawa Jazz Festival in 2014.

The band is a true collective. Each member acts simultaneously as a leader and a sideman. They play mostly original music that features different aspects of jazz improvisation, ensemble playing and contemporary composition. In June 2014, Myriad3 released their second album, The Where on Universal/Alma Records.

http://www.myriad3.com/home/
http://www.ernestocervini.com/


Thursday, September 11

8pm $10.00 cover

the Rhythm Future Quartet (Boston)

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Cover begins at 7 p.m. , show begins at 8pm.

Featuring:
Jason Anick, violin
Olli Soikkeli, guitar
Vinny Raniolo, guitar
Greg Loughman on bass

”Collective jaws dropped at the sheer virtuosity of The Rhythm Future Quartet! The group’s stellar musicianship, good humor and reverence for this important musical tradition made for an unforgettable evening. We can’t wait to have them back!”
-Dana Packard, The Saco River Theatre

 When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions.Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, have been receiving critical acclaim this past year and are considered ‘rising stars’ in the world of Jazz and Gypsy Jazz. The prestigious Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.” Jason Anick, who is also an award winning composer, received critical praise from the world-renowned Boston Globe which stated, “Jason’s compositional voice is as distinctive as his virtuoso playing.”

http://rhythmfuturequartet.com/


Friday, September 12

9pm $10.00 Cover

Liquid Monk

LiqmonFeaturing:
Mike Leonard- Guitar/Vocals
Eric Fillip- Drums/Percussion
Omar Taji- Keys, Synths
Scott Kulik, Organ/Bass
Dan Gruszka- Guitar, Vocals

Jazz Influenced Funk/Rock/Jam Quintet, Liquid Monk, from Detroit, MI formed in Early 2013. Liquid Monk’s sound is generated from over 13 years of performing concerts, festivals, and session work. Liquid Monk’s creation culminated from the connection shared on many stages between the quintet in different configurations.

https://www.facebook.com/LiquidMonk
https://soundcloud.com/liquidmonk

 


Saturday, September 13

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

Sean Dobbins and the Modern Jazz Messengers

SeanDobbsSean’s sound can best be described as hard-driving, solid rhythm with refreshing melodic sensibility. Some of Sean’s influences include Art Blakey, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ed Thigpen, Sonny Payne, as well as Detroit area greats Gerald Cleaver and the one and only Elvin Jones. Dobbins got his start as sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. As Sean’s Career progressed, he found himself the recipient of many awards and accolades including the “Woody Herman Jazz Award”, an award for outstanding musicianship, as well as the Louis Armstrong Scholarship. Due to Sean’s great talent both as a player and an educator, he has been the focus of countless news articles jazz radio programs and documentaries.

www.seandobbinsmusic.com

 

 

 


Sunday, September 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, September 14

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, September 15

Closed


Tuesday, September 16

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

meqFeaturing:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
“Big” Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis “at the Palace”, piano

https://soundcloud.com/marcuselliot

http://marcuselliotquartet.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 


Wednesday, September 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, September 18

Closed for a Private Event


Friday, September 19

9pm $10 cover

The Two Man Gentlemen Band

The Two Man Gentlemen Band’s brand of hot, raucous, retro swing is fast becoming an underground sensation. Just a few years ago, The Gentlemen were busking in New York City’s parks and subways. These days, they traverse the country incessantly, playing hundreds of shows per year for ever-expanding crowds of dedicated fans.

The Two Man Gentlemen Band sound is a high-energy blend of the vintage and the modern. Their style – musically & visually – incorporates elements of hot jazz, rhythm & blues, tin-pan alley, and western swing. And their “keen vocal harmonies” (The New Yorker) recall 20s and 30s groups like the Mills Brothers. But their pithy, irreverent original tunes are full of lyrics “so off the beaten path as to be virtually cliche free.” (Bluegrass Journal).

www.thetwogentlemen.com/


Saturday, September 20

Closed for a Private Event


Friday, September 26

9pm $10.00 cover

the Randy Napoleon Organ Trio

randynaps“(Randy)plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” – Mark Stryker

Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon tours with the legendary singer/pianist Freddy Cole and leads his own trios, quartet, and three-horn sextet. He is an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where he teaches jazz guitar.

Napoleon is also a composer and an arranger for singers, big bands, and small combos. He arranged as well as performed on Cole’s 2010 Grammy-nominated release from High Note, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B. He is also the guitarist on Cole’s Live at Dizzy’s Club: The Dreamer in Me, Talk to Me, and This and That. When off the road in his home in Manhattan, he also freelances with artists across the jazz spectrum such as Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Rodney Whitaker, Melissa Morgan, Aaron Diehl, Josh Brown, Dmitry Baevsky, Jared Gold, Etienne Charles, Mike Dease, Sara Gazarek, Brianna Thomas, Bootsie Barnes, Mike Karn, Eric Comstock. Will and Pete Anderson, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Prior to joining Freddy Cole, Napoleon toured with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and appears on the recording, The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra: Live at MCG. He has also toured extensively with Benny Green and crooner Michael Buble. Napoleon is featured on Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD Caught in the Act. Napoleon has played or arranged on over seventy records. (Photo by John Osler)

http://randynapoleon.com/

 


Saturday, September 27

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

the Randy Napoleon Organ Trio

randynaps“(Randy)plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” – Mark Stryker

Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon tours with the legendary singer/pianist Freddy Cole and leads his own trios, quartet, and three-horn sextet. He is an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where he teaches jazz guitar.

Napoleon is also a composer and an arranger for singers, big bands, and small combos. He arranged as well as performed on Cole’s 2010 Grammy-nominated release from High Note, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B. He is also the guitarist on Cole’s Live at Dizzy’s Club: The Dreamer in Me, Talk to Me, and This and That. When off the road in his home in Manhattan, he also freelances with artists across the jazz spectrum such as Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Rodney Whitaker, Melissa Morgan, Aaron Diehl, Josh Brown, Dmitry Baevsky, Jared Gold, Etienne Charles, Mike Dease, Sara Gazarek, Brianna Thomas, Bootsie Barnes, Mike Karn, Eric Comstock. Will and Pete Anderson, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Prior to joining Freddy Cole, Napoleon toured with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and appears on the recording, The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra: Live at MCG. He has also toured extensively with Benny Green and crooner Michael Buble. Napoleon is featured on Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD Caught in the Act. Napoleon has played or arranged on over seventy records. (Photo by John Osler)

http://randynapoleon.com/


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