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Sunday, November 2017

Midtown Sounds

Sunday, November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10

Midtown Sounds is a medium-sized jazz group that focuses on reinterpreting the iconic 1950's west coast jazz sound while also incorporating modern musical elements. In addition to west coast jazz, the group is also heavily influenced by Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool, third-stream, and…

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Kayvon Gordon & Antigote

Tuesday, November 21 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Antigoat is a creative music quartet centered in exploring intersections of composition and improvisation.  The band consists of Davy Lazar (trumpet / compositions), Kenji Lee (tenor / compositions), Kayvon Gordon (drums), and Andy Peck (bass).  Sonic influences include those of Bartok, Ligeti, Roscoe Mitchell, George…

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Alexis Lombre

Wednesday, November 22 @ 8:00 pm
$10

A night of soul warming, genre-bending happiness to begin celebrating Thanksgiving.

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Cliff Bell’s is closed on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23 @ 12:00 am
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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, November 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on [day], repeating until Friday, December 29, 2017

No Cover charge

Jeff is finishing his masters in jazz studies at WSU and is a fine young string bassist. He is also the chief arranger for the band Midtown Sounds and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Gary Greenfelder Orchestra.

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Planet D Nonet

Friday, November 24 @ 9:00 pm
$10

If you have not yet experienced Planet D Nonet, your groove tank is missing out on some serious fuel. They’re Detroit’s own down and dirty little big band, known nationally for curating some of the best in early jazz traditions and Black-American musical influences from…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, November 25 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, December 29, 2018

Free Admittance

Evan Mercer, 23, studied at Wayne State University for Jazz Studies and has played piano since he was 5 years old. Having studied under names such as Matt Michaels, Cliff Monear, and Rob Pipho, he offers a fresh perspective on old standards while writing new…

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The Joe Policastro Trio

Saturday, November 25 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

The Joe Policastro Trio is a Chicago-based jazz trio led by bassist Joe Policastro featuring guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery.  While firmly rooted in jazz, the band's open-minded, inclusive nature also brings rock, soul, funk, Brazilian, and free jazz to the surface while…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, November 26 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, June 3, 2018

Free

“His roots are deep in Detroit, when he sits in front of the keys, Jarrod Champion’s sound makes its way to the south, over in the Dixieland and Delta.” WDET, Culture City Weekend   jarrodchampion.com

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WSU All Bands Performance

Sunday, November 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
No Cover charge

Wayne 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.  All the various bands will perform on this day, followed by a student…

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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, November 28 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Alexis is an exciting young jazz pianist whom has discovered that the true essence of music is not just about what you hear but how music makes you early feel. Her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive. The recent release of…

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Closed for Private Event

Wednesday, November 29
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PanaMO

Thursday, November 30 @ 8:00 pm
$10

PanaMO:  Panama and Motown, Afro-Latin Jazz trio - led by Obed Succari, master percussionist, with Motown's finest jazz musicians: inspired original adventures in jazz-inflected music. Michael Jellick on piano and John Douglas on trumpet will perform.

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Friday, December 2017

Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, December 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on [day], repeating until Friday, December 29, 2017

No Cover charge

Jeff is finishing his masters in jazz studies at WSU and is a fine young string bassist. He is also the chief arranger for the band Midtown Sounds and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Gary Greenfelder Orchestra.

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James Hughes/Jimmy Smith Quintet

Friday, December 1 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Modern jazz setting with a Detroit edge. Our music has personality, is impressionistic and swings. We have ample space for solos and they are surrounded by fresh, intricate melodies. We draw on our travels and experiences for inspiration and try to tell stories through our…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, December 2 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, December 29, 2018

Free Admittance

Evan Mercer, 23, studied at Wayne State University for Jazz Studies and has played piano since he was 5 years old. Having studied under names such as Matt Michaels, Cliff Monear, and Rob Pipho, he offers a fresh perspective on old standards while writing new…

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Nicole New

Saturday, December 2 @ 9:00 pm
$10

The 28 year old Detroiter is a passionate and provocative singer alluring crowds with her sensitivity and soulfulness as one of Detroit’s premier band leaders.  Nicole’s eclectic style of singing, drawing from her early influences of performing Jazz, Pop, Opera and musical theatre has transformed…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, December 3 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, June 3, 2018

Free

“His roots are deep in Detroit, when he sits in front of the keys, Jarrod Champion’s sound makes its way to the south, over in the Dixieland and Delta.” WDET, Culture City Weekend   jarrodchampion.com

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Southeastern Music Academy Jam Sessions

Sunday, December 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Hosted by Sean Dobbins, The Southeastern Music Academy has an outstanding music faculty – successful performers with strong academic credentials that perform regularly with professional groups. This is a student jam session. http://southeasternmusicacademy.org/sma-performance-opportunities-cliff-bells/  

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James O’Donnell CD Release Party

Sunday, December 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10

Eastside Detroiter James O’Donnell was the protégé of the great trumpeter Russell Green (Jimmie Lunceford Band). The trumpet has taken him around the globe, starting in New York City then Mexico City, eventually becoming a bandleader on cruise ships which took him to the Caribbean,…

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Oakland University Jazz Night

Monday, December 4 @ 6:00 pm
No Cover Charge

A formal review of the jazz professors and students that make up OU’s jazz program. The Oakland University Jazz Program provides many opportunities for students. Our Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Contemporary Music Ensemble perform around the Metro Detroit area, and have featured such guest artists…

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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, December 5 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Alexis is a young jazz pianist who discovered that the true essence of music is not just about what you hear but how music makes you early feel. Her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive. The recent release of her debut…

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Matt LoRusso Trio

Wednesday, December 6 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Matt returns to our on-going Wednesday Jazz Guitar Series. Matt is another great MSU grad and has toured recently in the Middle East with trumpeter Anthony Stanco. He can be seen around town often in bands led by Nicole New & RJ Spangler. No cover-charge.

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The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, December 7 @ 7:00 pm
$10

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, started in April 1999, was initially started as a rehearsal band for Gwinnell to hear his compositions and arrangements played. In 2009, the SGJO was chosen to be part of a big project proposed by the  Detroit Jazz Festival. The artist-in-residence,…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, December 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on [day], repeating until Friday, December 29, 2017

No Cover charge

Jeff is finishing his masters in jazz studies at WSU and is a fine young string bassist. He is also the chief arranger for the band Midtown Sounds and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Gary Greenfelder Orchestra.

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Ernie Krivda Organ Group

Friday, December 8 @ 9:00 pm
$10

"Ernie Krivda is one of the best jazz tenor sax men in the world..."- Harvey Pekar “No doubt about it, Ernie Krivda is one of the originals of the tenor saxophone” wrote Bill Donaldson for Cadence Magazine about the legendary jazz musician whose 6th decade…

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Closed for a Private Event

Saturday, December 9
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Bob Schultz

Sunday, December 10 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Bob is a pianist, singer & saxophonist who was an early member of the Bob Seger band. On any given night, original selections are accompanied by respectful arrangements of tunes by Hoagy Carmichael, Randy Newman, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Les McCann, Stevie Winwood, Ray Charles, “Tennessee”…

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Speakeasy Sundays with Holly Hock

Sunday, December 10 @ 8:30 pm
$25

Miss Holly Hock began performing the art of burlesque in Indianapolis as a member of the troupe Crème de les Femmes. In Crème, Holly quickly set herself apart as a dancer with over-the-top glamour and a unique perspective on classic burlesque. She continued with Indy…

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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, December 12 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Alexis is a young jazz pianist who discovered that the true essence of music is not just about what you hear but how music makes you early feel. Her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive. The recent release of her debut…

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Jacob Schwandt Trio

Wednesday, December 13 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Jake is a strong young guitarist in demand with elder statesmen like Wendell Harrison when not leading his own groups.

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Cliff Bell’s Closed for private event

Thursday, December 14
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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, December 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on [day], repeating until Friday, December 29, 2017

No Cover charge

Jeff is finishing his masters in jazz studies at WSU and is a fine young string bassist. He is also the chief arranger for the band Midtown Sounds and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Gary Greenfelder Orchestra.

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Hot Club of Detroit wsg James Carter

Friday, December 15 @ 9:00 pm
$30.00

James Carter is a powerhouse musician and one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, garnering plaudits for his role in helping to propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past twenty-five years. His music is fueled by deep respect and intimate…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, December 16 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, December 29, 2018

Free Admittance

Evan Mercer, 23, studied at Wayne State University for Jazz Studies and has played piano since he was 5 years old. Having studied under names such as Matt Michaels, Cliff Monear, and Rob Pipho, he offers a fresh perspective on old standards while writing new…

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Anthony Stanco

Saturday, December 16 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Born in Southeast Michigan, raised in the Blues and Soul mecca of Detroit, and tutored by the community's finest (Rodney Whitaker, Marcus Belgrave), Stanco joins a generation of jazz musicians that both reveres the roots of the music and energetically seeks its future.  With a…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, December 17 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, June 3, 2018

Free

“His roots are deep in Detroit, when he sits in front of the keys, Jarrod Champion’s sound makes its way to the south, over in the Dixieland and Delta.” WDET, Culture City Weekend   jarrodchampion.com

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Kirk Lightsey wsg Joan Belgrave

Sunday, December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$25

At 80 years old,  this powerhouse is as vibrant and gifted as he was decades ago! Still playing and loving the music, with intricate delicacies and powerful melodic stories. His special guest on this night is his friend, Grammy considered vocalist, Joan Belgrave.  This is…

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Gino Fanelli

Tuesday, December 19 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

In August of 2015, Detroit-based jazz musician, Gino Fanelli, relocated to Lookout Mountain, Georgia in pursuit of something new. Having played western swing and jazz, Fanelli eventually forged his signature style with old time New Orleans party jazz, which he has spent the last 16…

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Spartan Youth Jazz Program

Wednesday, December 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Spartan Youth Jazz Programs in Detroit This program is available to students in middle and high school. MSU Spartan Teen Jazz is a program that provides high-quality music education outside of the normal school day to youths in middle and high school. Classes focus on…

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