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Thursday, July 24

8pm $10.00 Cover

The Zach Bartholomew Trio (Florida)

 

ZBTpCover begins at 7pm
Show begins at 8pm

Featuring:
Zach Bartholomew – piano
Brandon Robertson – bass
Miles Bozeman – drums


“I caught ZBT live a few months back, and knew immediately I was privy to something ‘new’. I can’t always put my finger on it – which, might be a good description for something new. Not to say you wont hear snatches of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett or Brad Mehldau; but all three members of the group (particularly Bartholomew) have somehow allowed themselves to get right to themselves; and one knows at once upon listening that the experience is original and indeed, fresh.” – Palm Coast Jazz

ZBT is a young, fresh piano trio devoted to the advancement of jazz through unique original compositions and fresh takes on jazz standards. The band shows respect to the tradition of jazz while pursuing it’s own unique modern sound. Their plan is to advance the art of the piano trio and to inspire the music world and beyond with their take on jazz.

The trio has been performing together since 2009 when each member studied music at the Florida State University College of Music Jazz Studies program. Their sound is inspired by a lineage of heralded jazz trios they’ve studied, but is authentic and matchless due to the colors and textures each member contributes to one embodied sound.
Zach Bartholomew has a bold, distinctive approach to the piano. He uses intricate rhythms and melodic lines for developing ideas within improvising. In addition to the intellectual complexities of Zach’s approach, there is a deep-rooted sense history in his sound. Miles Bozeman fits brilliantly into a trio setting. He flickers between complex rhythmic support and complimenting the melodic line with an unmatched style. Brandon Robertson’s bass lines act as the smooth backbone of the trio − providing the group with an intense groove peppered with melodic sound.

www.zbtrio.com


Friday, July 25

9pm $10.00 Cover

RJ Spangler’s Kansas City Six

kc6RJ Spangler’s Kansas City Six celebrates the Great Blues Shouters of the American Southwest, such as Big Turner, Jimmy Rushing , Cleanhead Vinson & Wynonnie Harris.

The band is made up of Dan Devins on vocals, Alicia Marie on guitar, Gwen MacPhee on string bass, James O’Donnell on Trumpet, Ella Campbell on tenor sax, and band leader, producer and drummer RJ Spangler on drums. Swing meets the blues in Kansas City! The entire country was in the throngs of the Depression, but KC still knew how hard with great bands led by Count Basie, Benny Moten & Harlen Leonard. & featuring great blues shouters. A great era in American music, celebrated by top Detroit musicians, some veteran & some up & coming.

www.rjspangler.com


Saturday, July 26

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 26

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

The Michael Malis Quartet

mm“[Malis is] a prime cut Detroit Jazz piano player.”
-Charles Latimer, MetroTimes

Featuring:
Michael Malis — piano
Jaribu Shahid — bass
Djallo Djakate — drums
Tim Haldeman — saxophone

Michael Malis Quartet — Explorations in Modern Music
Featuring a crop of new, original compositions by Malis, the Michael Malis Quartet seeks to explore new sounds in modern improvised music while staying true to their roots as jazz musicians. This performance will showcase a lineup of musicians who have performed with an impressive roster of national, regional, and local jazz stalwarts. Members of this band have performed with the likes of Marcus Belgrave, Ken Filiano, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Geri Allen, Matt Ulery, Wendell Harrison, and others.

www.michaelmalis.com


Sunday, July 27

12pm Free Admittance

Marcus Elliot

Featuring Marcus on solo saxophone; street style, you dig

 


Sunday, July 27

7pm $7.00 Cover

Super Crunch

Super CrunchCliff Bell’s is taking a day off from our jazz music programming to bring you Evan Perri’s (Hot Club of Detroit) new endeavor Super Crunch, a tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead.

Featuring:
Evan Perri – guitar
Brian Sheehan – guitar, vocals
Francis Jaramillo – keyboards, vocals
Yorg Kerasiotis – keyboards, vocals
James DeCarlo – bass
Clint Carpenter – drums

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Supercrunch/551202548230848?sk=info

 


Monday, July 28

7pm $5.00 Cover

Funktion Presents- Filthy Mind Fusion

MINDFUSION_Bronson_WEBHosted by Phreddy Wischuesen with DJ Alex B. Skeetin on Wax
With live music by The Family
Featuring:
Alex White, drums
Jon Dixon, keys
De’Sean Jones, Sax
Damon Warmack, bass

+Pop Up Restaurants, guest artists and MORE!

 

 

 


Tuesday, July 29

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, July 30

8pm Free Admittance

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, July 31

7pm Free Admittance

The Ian Finkelstein Trio

fink Featuring:
Ian Finkelstein, piano
Ben Rolston, bass
Alex White, drums

 

 

 

 


Friday, August 1

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, August 2

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 2

9:30pm $10.00 cover

the Anthony Viviano Trio


Featuring:
Anthony Viviano, piano
Josef Deas, bass
Jesse Kramer, drums

For the past 28 years Anthony Viviano has been composing and performing as a full time musician in the United States and Europe. For the past 5 years Royal Caribbean/Celebrity Cruise lines has employed him as leader of jazz quartets aboard their new “Solstice” class ships.
Let’s welcome this incredibly talented pianist back to shore as he brings in his new trio for three sets of fresh original music mixed in with some great standard arrangements.

 


Sunday, August 3

12pm Free Admittance

Marcus Elliot

Featuring Marcus on solo saxophone; street style, you dig

 

 


Sunday, August 3

7pm Free Admittance

the DeCamp Sisters

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“Atmospheric with rich poetic imagery that dips deep into the collective memory.”
-Oz Fritz

Libby & Riley DeCamp of Romeo, Michigan, have been painting skeletons, picking fiddlehead ferns, pulling manes, chasing sunflowers, and most importantly, strumming banjos, guitars, mandolins, and other string-ed things since the late 1800s. Their voices poured into prominence in 2013, with tales of Seattle slums, aspiring sailors, eyes full of shiners, and gullible rats

 

http://folkbluesnight.bandcamp.com/album/todd-albright
http://www.thedecampsisters.com
https://www.facebook.com/thedecampsisters

 


Monday, August 4

Closed


Tuesday, August 5

8pm Free Admittance

the Marcus Elloit 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 6

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, August 7

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, August 8

9pm $10.00 cover

the Barry Harris Piano Competition

Detroit_Jazz_Festival_LogoPresented by the Detroit Jazz Festival

For the past few years the Detroit Jazz Festival has been hosting a talent competition featuring musicians from all over the U.S. to compete for a cash prize as well as a featured performance at the Festival. This year the focus is on pianists. The expectations are increadibly high and the proces to get to the point where they are in the finals is intense. Come see these talented performers duke it out in the “hang” setting of Cliff Bell’s.

http://www.detroitjazzfest.com/
http://www.barryharris.com/

 

 


Saturday, August 9

Closed for a Private Event


Sunday, August 10

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, August 10

6pm $12.00

BobbyRay’s Blues and Burlesque Show

HollyHockBobbyray’s Dirty Blues & Burlesque shows derived out of the 19th Century, term “burlesque” as it was applied to a wide range of comic plays, including non-musicals. Detroit has rich history in burlesque due to the Black Bottom-Paradise Valley area on the citys east side, which was known for its significant contribution to music and dance from the 1930s to the 1950s. Famous for Blues, Big Band, and Jazz. We are home to Burlesque Hall of Famers.  Beginning in the 1840s, Burlesque and Blues entertained the lower and middle classes in Great Britain and the United States by making fun of (or “burlesquing”) the operas, plays and social habits of the upper classes. These shows used comedy and music to challenge the established way of looking at things.

Harmonica Shah is an American, Detroit and electric blues harmonicist and singer. His playing was influenced by Junior Wells, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Lazy Lester, and Little Sonny.He has toured across the United States, as well as in Europe, Russia, Japan and Australia. Bobbyray’s Blues & Burlesque Show takes it’s audience back to the era of classy, dapper times while introducing the most breathtaking acts of today’s experience of an old fashion show set in the most attractive, sultry, talented burlesque performances for all over the United States. Whether you love the period glamour and sparkling wit of the 1940s or the sultry sounds of New Orleans blues, you won’t want to miss the Blues and Burlesque show featured in Detroit.

www.bobbyraysbluesandburlesque.org
www.misshollyhock.com
www.facebook.com/bobbyraysbluesandburlesque
twitter.com/bluesandburlesque


Monday, August 11

Closed


Tuesday, August 12

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elloit 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 13

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, August 14

8pm $10.00

the J.J. Wright Trio (Notre Dame)

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Show begins at 8pm

J.J. Wright’s style cannot be easily categorized. Trained as a jazz improviser at the New School for Jazz in NYC, he’s also passionate about sacred music. Palestrina and Bach vie with Monk and Cannonball Adderley as just a few of his harmonic and melodic inspirations. While with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Wright performed for the President—as well as several other high-profile diplomatic gigs—and with the Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro Bop Alliance, recording and performing with vibraphonist Dave Samuels, which was nominated for a GRAMMY and won a Latin GRAMMY. He recently recorded his debut album of original compositions and covers from Jon Brion, Sufjan Stevens, and Phil Collins. He is joined by Nate Wood on drums and Ike Sturm on bass and will release the album in conjunction with a U.S. tour in August 2014.

J.J. is Director of Music at Sacred Heart Parish, the crypt church underneath the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and is the editor and creator of Sacred Music at Notre Dame’s online journal: Music and the Sacred.

http://jjwrightmusic.com/


Friday, August 15

9pm $10 cover

Rafael Statin Quintet

RSpic“…he barreled through his solo like a (football) fullback”-Charles L. Latimer

Detroit native Rafael Statin began playing jazz at age 11, and hasn’t looked back since. Statin has performed with the Detroit Symphony Jazz Orchestra, among many others. Statin’s sound is influenced by the likes of James Carter and Kenny Garrett.

Featuring:
Rafael Statin, saxophones
Damon Warmack, bass
Alex White drums
Jon Dixon, keys
Mike Jellick, piano

 

http://www.reverbnation.com/rafaelstatin

 


Saturday, August 16

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 16

9:30pm $10.00 cover

Rafael Statin Quintet

RSpic“…he barreled through his solo like a (foot ball) fullback”

-Charles L. Latimer

Featuring:
Rafael Statin, saxophones
Damon Warmack, bass
Alex White drums
Jon Dixon, keys
Glenn Tucker, piano

 

 

http://www.reverbnation.com/rafaelstatin


Sunday, August 17

8pm $10.00 cover

Theater Bizarre Presents: Rouge! (NY/ CHI)

Awesome Vourteque“Chicago’s popular night of electroswing returns to Detroit for another night of electro-swing music and classic burlesque”

Vourteque – One of America’s top electroswing DJs and producers, has toured throughout playing Los Angeles, New York and Tampa Florida. His Swing Mechanical EP sells robustly and his single Hot Sinner has appeared on compilations. He’s also a regular performer/DJ at Detroit’s own Theatre Bizarre.
Mr. Automatic – Founder of Dead2Me Records, he’s known for his passion of classic jazz and disco. He’s a resident at Chicago’s Untitled bar and has an impressive background in both music and film. He’s also from the Detroit area originally.
Lady Lenux – An up and coming star of the burlesque and stage performance scene, she’s performed throughout the Midwest and also acts as the talent curator and manager for Rouge! Her inviting and charismatic stage presence has won her numerous fans

www.Dead2MeRecords.com
www.Vourteque.com
www.Soundcloud.com/Steampunk-Chicago-Djs
www.Soundcloud.com/MrAutomatic


Monday, August 18

Closed


Tuesday, August 19

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 20

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, August 21

8pm $10.00 cover

Sam Fazio (Chicago)

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Show begins at 8pm

“Sam Fazio’s crooning way with standards makes him something of a throwback, but he regularly achieves the highest standard of any gifted singer by making even the old sound new again.” -Time Out Chicago

Vocalist Sam Fazio is currently performing weekly in the Coq d’Or at the Drake Hotel, where he has been for more than four years. Sam has performed at many of the prestigious Chicago clubs including Andy’s Jazz Club, Jazz Showcase, Katerina’s, Maxim’s, Pete Miller’s and Space. In Summer 2012, Sam performed a sold out show at the legendary Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency in New York City. And now he is coming to Cliff’s!

http://www.samfaziomusic.com/


Friday, August 22

9pm $10 Cover

The Bill Heid Piano Trio (Pittsburgh)

bhpFeaturing:
Bill Heid, piano
Pat Prouty, bass
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/

 


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

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, 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 the 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 musicians showing up to sit in, you dig.

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 the 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 musicians showing up to sit in, you dig.

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

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 the 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 musicians showing up to sit in, you dig.

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/


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