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Wednesday, January 2018

Paul Carey Organ Group featuring Mark Loduca

Wednesday, January 17 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover charge

Veteran Detroit area guitarist Paul Carey leads organ Trio his longtime friend Mark Loduca on organ and vocals, playing swinging and funky soul jazz. Paul's son Max Bauhof is on drums.

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The Tristan Cappel Unit

Thursday, January 18 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Tristan Cappel, local multi-instrumentalist & composer and student of Benny Green, Miles Okazaki, & Lee Konitz, will be joined by Peter Formanek, Jordan Anderson, Michael Perlman, & Everett Reid. The band formed in 2016, and released an album early 2017. The Tristan Cappel Quintet will…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, January 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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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Pat Bianchi Trio

Friday, January 19 @ 9:00 pm
$10

"The irreplaceable sound of the Hammond B3, nicely shaped by Bianchi's fresh approach, strongly contributes to a sense of modernism steeped in tradition. Bianchi, a devotee of Joey DeFrancesco as a youngster, has established his own voice as an organist—something not easily done—and gives ample…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, January 20 @ 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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Scott Gwinnell Quintet

Saturday, January 20 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Scott Gwinnell is an award-winning pianist, composer/arranger, and educator born in Detroit, and residing in the Metro-Detroit area. He currently freelances as a sideman and leads various groups; the most well-known being the 16-piece Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra. He is an adjunct professor of music…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, January 21 @ 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 Student Jam Session

Sunday, January 21 @ 7:00 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.  WSU students will perform on the stage at Cliff Bell's.

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The Ben Paterson Trio

Tuesday, January 23 @ 8:00 pm
$10

Combining a joyful swing feel with an impeccable touch, Ben Paterson has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young pianists on the Jazz scene today, garnering international acclaim for his superb musicianship and engaging performances.  Originally from Philadelphia, Ben studied both classical and…

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Jesse Kramer Trio

Wednesday, January 24 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover charge

Ann Arbor native Jesse Kramer is one of the most sought after drummers in South-East Michigan. Kramer performs with countless local and national artists, and is himself a respected band leader. Kramer's trio, featuring Bobby Streng on sax and Damon Warmack on bass, combines jazz,…

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Charlie Ballantine Quartet

Thursday, January 25 @ 8:00 pm
$10

Named Indianapolis' "Best Jazz Musician" of 2015 and 2016 by NUVO Magazine, Charlie Ballantine, is a professional guitarist who performs regularly around the midwest. Charlie has been a featured artist at notable events such as the Penrod Art Festival, The Indianapolis Jazz Festival, The Bloomington Jazz Festival, Fountain Square Music Festival, The…

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Closed for Private Event Until 8pm

Friday, January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet

Friday, January 26 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Sean 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…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, January 27 @ 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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Sean Dobbins Modern Jazz Messengers

Saturday, January 27 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Sean 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…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, January 28 @ 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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Sean Dobbins SMA Jazz Session

Sunday, January 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

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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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, January 30 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover charge

  Alexis is a young jazz pianist from Chicago now living in Ann Arbor, 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…

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Jacob Schwandt Quartet

Wednesday, January 31 @ 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. This is his first time leading a quartet at Cliff Bell's.

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Thursday, February 2018

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, February 1 @ 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. With encouragement from friend/musicians and an offer of a weekly gig. In 2009, the SGJO was chosen to be part of…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, February 2 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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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Hughes/Smith Quintet

Friday, February 2 @ 9:00 pm
$10

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

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, February 3 @ 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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Sheila Landis

Saturday, February 3 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Jazz Vocalist Sheila Landis, born in Detroit, has been performing her soulful interpretations of jazz and blues since 1973. A turning point in her career was the 1981 release of her debut vinyl LP "Jazz Rendezvous" on her own label, SheLan Records, which made quite…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, February 4 @ 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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Cliff Bell’s closed for Super Bowl

Sunday, February 4 @ 3:00 pm
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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, February 6 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover charge

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

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Mardi Gras with RJ Spangler & Tbone Paxton

Wednesday, February 7 @ 8:00 pm
$10

Lifelong pals RJ Spangler & Tbone Paxton started collaborating in 1980 with the dynamic Sun Messengers band. Back then Tbone even won a Detroit Music Award for best trombonist. Since then he's also become quite an engaging singer, evidenced by his 2017 nomination as Outstanding…

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The Andy Perri Trio

Thursday, February 8 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover charge

Andy is a veteran Detroit jazz guitarist who knows how to make it swing! He always brings a strong band to back him up!

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, February 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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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The Kandinsky Effect

Friday, February 9 @ 9:00 pm
$10

The Kandinsky Effect capture their evolving vision of a dark, rhythmic landscape. The album was recorded in Chamonix, France during April of 2016 and advances the compositional ideas founded on 2015’s Somnambulist, 2013’s Synesthesia, and 2010’s self-titled. Originally formed as a project to blend electronics…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, February 10 @ 6:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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…

Find out more »

The Kandinsky Effect

Saturday, February 10 @ 9:30 pm
$10

The Kandinsky Effect capture their evolving vision of a dark, rhythmic landscape. The album was recorded in Chamonix, France during April of 2016 and advances the compositional ideas founded on 2015’s Somnambulist, 2013’s Synesthesia, and 2010’s self-titled. Originally formed as a project to blend electronics…

Find out more »

Jarrod Champion

Sunday, February 11 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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 Student Jam Session

Sunday, February 11 @ 7:00 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.  WSU students will perform on the stage at Cliff Bell's.

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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, February 13 @ 8:00 pm
Free Admittance

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.  

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The Meg Brennan Quartet wsg Hadassah Greensky

Wednesday, February 14 @ 5:30 pm - 11:45 pm

Valentine's Day Dinner Package: includes a 4-Course Dinner and an evening of live jazz music for $75 a person (tax and gratuity not included) Please call 313 961-2543 for more information and to book your reservation. Meg Brennan is a flutist and saxophonist from Northville,…

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The Neal Anderson Quintet

Thursday, February 15 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover charge

Neal Anderson, a Detroit-based trumpeter, improviser and composer, self-released his debut album in 2015. “Parallel Fifths” which features all original music. The Neal Anderson Quintet is known for continuous performances weaving melody with improvisation. Neal Anderson earned a BFA in Jazz Studies from the University…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, February 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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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Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric

Friday, February 16 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Todd Clouser w. Hernan Hecht and Galen Clark US TOUR 2018 in support of Clouser/Medeski/Bates Live at Icehouse, on Ropeadope Records dance rock for the brave, from Mexico City Todd Clouser takes a trio out behind the dance-rock Ropeadope records release “Clouser, Medeski, Bates :…

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