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Friday, August 2019

Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, August 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, August 30, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jeff Cuny is a fine string bassist. He is also the chief arranger & bassist for the Planet D Nonet and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Rhythm Society Orchestra. His fellow musicians include David Dunham on guitar & David Alvarez…

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Paul King

Friday, August 23 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Influenced heavily by the great jazz, swing and soul crooners, Paul King has created a classic sound of his own. Known for his smooth tone and sophisticated style, Paul and his band have a gift for making your evening special. His interesting song choices and…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, August 31, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing regular early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine cover, young along with several strong young students at or recently graduated from WSU and now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette. With Samuel Chase Harris on bass &…

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Shawn McDonald’s Blue Break Beats

Saturday, August 24 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Drenched in the tradition of smokey organ jazz is the soulful voice of Detroit native, Shawn McDonald. Rich in the traditions of his hometown, this Hammond organist is chalk-full of blue-eyed soul, relentless swing, deep fried funk and greazy blues. World renowned tenor saxophonist Rick…

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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, August 25 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
No Cover Charge

Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwritier and multi-instrumentalist. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he’s the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists. Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues…

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Daniel Meinecke Ensemble

Sunday, August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10

Daniel Meinecke is a Toledo native pianist who spent years in Detroit and now lives in New Orleans. Mr. Meinecke returns to Cliff Bell's to present his latest project: The Daniel Meinecke Ensemble. He was a recipient of the 2016 New Voices Award from the…

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Trunino Lowe Quartet

Tuesday, August 27 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, August 27, 2019

No Cover Charge

Trunino Lowe is one of Detroit's young promising musicians. Born & raised on Detroit's eastside. Trunino is a proud graduate of Detroit Public Schools where his love for music began. It wasn't until he attended the Detroit School of Arts where he began to pursue…

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The Brad Billmaier Trio

Wednesday, August 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Drummer Brad Billmaier is an accomplished jazz musician based of Toledo, Ohio. Brad has performed extensively across Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan and has held multiple musical residencies at venues throughout Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti. He has performed alongside musicians ranging from Vic Juris,…

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Paxton/Spangler Septet

Thursday, August 29 @ 8:00 pm
$10

RJ Spangler & Tbone Paxton a bring band with a twist: in addition to their usual mix of Fats Waller, Louis Jordan as well as New Orleans trad jazz and funk, they will throw in some gems from South Africa and the cosmic master, Sun…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, August 30 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, August 30, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jeff Cuny is a fine string bassist. He is also the chief arranger & bassist for the Planet D Nonet and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Rhythm Society Orchestra. His fellow musicians include David Dunham on guitar & David Alvarez…

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Cliff Bells Detroit Jazz Festival Late Show/Jam Session Hosted by De’Sean Jones

Friday, August 30 @ 11:00 pm - Saturday, August 31 @ 2:00 am

Visionary Detroit saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, De’Sean Jones has already done more in his 20s than most musicians hope to accomplish by age 50. His music combines the new and the classic sides of jazz which includes Funk, Hip Hop, Bebop and Soul. All tastefully…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, August 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, August 31, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing regular early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine cover, young along with several strong young students at or recently graduated from WSU and now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette. With Samuel Chase Harris on bass &…

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Cliff Bells Detroit Jazz Festival Late Show/Jam Session Hosted by De’Sean Jones

Saturday, August 31 @ 11:00 pm - Sunday, September 1 @ 2:00 am
$10.00

e'Sean Jones & KNMDK live featuring special guests the Gabriel Brass Band. Visionary Detroit saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, De’Sean Jones has already done more in his 20s than most musicians hope to accomplish by age 50. His music combines the new and the classic sides…

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Sunday, September 2019

Sunday Brunch w. Jarrod Champion

Sunday, September 1 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, October 27, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwritier and multi-instrumentalist. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he’s the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists. Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues…

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Cliff Bells Detroit Jazz Festival Late Show/Jam Session Hosted by De’Sean Jones

Sunday, September 1 @ 11:00 pm - Monday, September 2 @ 2:00 am
$10.00 Admission Fee10.00

Visionary Detroit saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, De’Sean Jones has already done more in his 20s than most musicians hope to accomplish by age 50. His music combines the new and the classic sides of jazz which includes Funk, Hip Hop, Bebop and Soul. All tastefully…

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Moving Mind Orchestra

Wednesday, September 4 @ 8:00 pm
$10

The music of the Moving Mind Orchestra is by turns exuberant, raw, melancholy, and whimsical, but always intensely entrenched in the present. Founded and led by saxophonist Dominic Bierenga, the Orchestra draws from a repertoire arranged or composed exclusively by band members, ranging from Eric…

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Carey Frank/Jim Alfredson Trio

Thursday, September 5 @ 8:00 pm
$10

Originally from South Florida, Carey Frank is now living in Los Angeles, CA as an active musician, working as a soloist and with various other musicians, genres, and groups. He has worked with the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Hot Tuna,…

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Private Event

Friday, September 6
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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, September 28, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing regular early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine player who now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette. Samuel Chase Harris on bass & Jake Matthews on drums, all three are graduates from WSU.

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Vanessa Rubin

Saturday, September 7 @ 9:30 pm
$15.00

Revered as both a torchbearer and a storyteller, jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin possesses a voice hailed for crystalline clarity, hearth-like warmth and playful lioness sass. The Cleveland native brings a wealth of diverse influences to her vocal performance from both the Trinidadian/Caribbean roots of her…

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Sunday Brunch w. Jarrod Champion

Sunday, September 8 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, October 27, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwritier and multi-instrumentalist. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he’s the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists. Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues…

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Speakeasy Sundays

Sunday, September 8 @ 8:30 pm
$20 - $30

Speakeasy Sundays is a monthly Detroit burlesque show featuring talent from around the globe, hosted at historic Cliff Bell’s. Cliff Bell’s originally opened in 1935 by John Clifford Bell and retains many of its original features to this day, including its luxurious mahogany and brass…

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PRIVATE EVENT

Tuesday, September 10
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SETI plays the music of Thelonious Monk

Wednesday, September 11 @ 8:00 pm
$10

SETI is a quartet consisting of bassist Eric Nachtrab, drummer Sean Perlmutter and guitarists Ian Blunden and Tom Bartelmay devoted to exploring the multifaceted music of Thelonious Monk. On one hand, the groove and earthiness of his music is brought out by the swinging rhythm…

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The Jacob Schwandt Group

Thursday, September 12 @ 8:00 pm
$10

The Jacob Schwandt Group combines elements of jazz, funk, and hip hop into one. His band will be performing unique interpretations of contemporary standards and originals from his upcoming EP. Influences include everyone from Kurt Rosenwinkel to Madlib.

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, October 25, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jeff Cuny is a fine string bassist. He is also the chief arranger & bassist for the Planet D Nonet and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Rhythm Society Orchestra. His fellow musicians include David Dunham on guitar & David Alvarez…

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Pete Zimmer Quartet

Friday, September 13 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Pete Zimmer has received a significant amount of recognition during the past several years throughout the international jazz scene as a versatile and articulate drummer, bandleader, composer, and educator. Born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Pete Zimmer moved to Queens, New York in June of…

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, September 28, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing regular early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine player who now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette. Samuel Chase Harris on bass & Jake Matthews on drums, all three are graduates from WSU.

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Sean Dobbins

Saturday, September 14 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Southeastern Michigan jazz drummer Sean Dobbins has been the most active sideman on the local scene during the first decade of the new millennium for good reason. A facile, limber, inventive, and playful musician who adds extreme value to any band, his happy persona and…

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Sunday Brunch w. Jarrod Champion

Sunday, September 15 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, October 27, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwritier and multi-instrumentalist. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he’s the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists. Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues…

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Tbone Paxton/RJ Spanler Quartet

Sunday, September 15 @ 8:00 pm
$00 - $10

Lifelong buddy's RJ Spangler & Tbone Paxton started working together in 1980 with a very popular band around Detroit called the Sun Messengers. They toured the east coast, Midwest and deep south for a number of years. Back then Tbone was awarded a Motor City…

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D-Three+Two

Tuesday, September 17 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, September 24, 2019

No Cover Charge

David Alvarez III is a Jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and music educator based in the Metro-Detroit area. The drum set was introduced to him at the age of five, growing up playing in church. At the age of nine, he started to learn how to…

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The Louis Jones III Quartet

Wednesday, September 18 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

The Louis Jones III Quartet is a collective of young lions in the city of Detroit. Playing original compositions and arranging classic standards in ways you might've never heard before now. This quartet pushes boundaries and incorporates all styles from latin, hip hop and carnatic…

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David Thomas & Co

Thursday, September 19 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

David Thomas is a multi-instrumentalist, with his primary instruments being the piano and the trumpet. He is from Rochester Hills, Michigan. He began taking piano lessons with Mrs. Christine Gahman when he was 7 years old and finished his high school piano training with Mrs.…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, October 25, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jeff Cuny is a fine string bassist. He is also the chief arranger & bassist for the Planet D Nonet and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Rhythm Society Orchestra. His fellow musicians include David Dunham on guitar & David Alvarez…

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The Juli Wood Trio

Friday, September 20 @ 9:00 pm
$10.00

For the past twenty years with four albums as a leader, several studio projects as a side man, and countless worldwide performances, saxophonist, vocalist and composer Juli Wood has established herself as a solid, swinging, lyrical and entertaining performer on Chicago’s music scene. Juli has…

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, September 28, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing regular early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine player who now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette. Samuel Chase Harris on bass & Jake Matthews on drums, all three are graduates from WSU.

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Paul Vornhagen Quartet

Saturday, September 21 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Paul VornHagen is an accomplished jazz saxophonist, flutist, and vocalist who has won Detroit Music Awards on six separate occasions and categories: Jazz Reeds, Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, Instrumentalist, World Music Recording (2) and Jazz Recording. Presently living in Ann Arbor, Michigan where Paul got…

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Sunday Brunch w. Jarrod Champion

Sunday, September 22 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, October 27, 2019

No Cover Charge

Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwritier and multi-instrumentalist. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he’s the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists. Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues…

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Oakland University Faculty Jazz Collective

Sunday, September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Sean Dobbins and the jazz professors from Oakland University will present a free concert.

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