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Saturday, July 2019

Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, July 27, 2019

No Cover Charge

A weekly Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine young pianist along with several strong young musicians that have all graduated from WSU. Evan now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette. Evan Mercer on piano, Samuel Chase Harris on string…

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Ryan Freitas presents ‘FREIGHT TRAIN’

Saturday, July 20 @ 9:30 pm
$10

A Hard-Bop sextet featuring both veterans and up-and-coming artists of Detroit's historic jazz scene, FREIGHT TRAIN is sure to charge through Cliff Bell's on July 20th with a frenzy of kinetic energy and momentum. Led by Michigan State Jazz Studies graduate Ryan Freitas, the program…

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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, July 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, August 25, 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 Sunday

Sunday, July 21 @ 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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The Alexis Lombre Trio

Tuesday, July 23 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Alexis Lombre is a professional jazz pianist who is making her way onto the jazz scene. Raised on Chicago’s South Side, she discovered early that the true essence of music is not only about what you hear but, more importantly how music makes you feel.…

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The Ryan Bills Quartet

Wednesday, July 24 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

The Ryan Bills Quartet is a group of Wayne State students and alumni dedicated to providing a sophisticated yet enjoyable interpretation of the swing tradition. Emphasis is placed on group communication within individual improvisation, following in the tradition set by the greats such as Lester…

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Nicole New

Thursday, July 25 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

There are those that say that Nicole New is Detroit’s leading female band leader alluring audiences with her sensitive and soulful voice. Her velvety yet powerful voice, reminiscent of Billy Holiday yet with her own modern sound developed from Motown influences. Nicole’s eclectic style of…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, July 26 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, August 16, 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 & Stuart Lyons…

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Emma Aboukasm and Dave Vessella

Friday, July 26 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Performing an eclectic repertoire of beloved jazz standards in the classic Ella and Louis fashion as well as reimaginings of renowned blue note artists such as Horace Silver and Lee Morgan, Emma Aboukasm and Dave Vessella are excited to present a night of sensitive and…

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, July 27, 2019

No Cover Charge

A weekly Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine young pianist along with several strong young musicians that have all graduated from WSU. Evan now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette. Evan Mercer on piano, Samuel Chase Harris on string…

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Sandra Bomar

Saturday, July 27 @ 9:30 pm
$10

A native Detroiter and an internationally known jazz artist, Sandra received a musical scholarship from the University of Massachusetts, and has also studied voice under legendary artists such as Sheila Jordan, Dr. Billy Taylor, Alma Smith and Dr. Yusef Lateef. Sandra Bomar’s voice has been influenced…

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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, July 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, August 25, 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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Michael Hu Quintet

Sunday, July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10.00

Michael Hu is a 19-year old tenor saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist from Metro Detroit (Rochester Hills) currently attending the University of Michigan to pursue Jazz Studies. He currently studies with Andrew Bishop as well as Adam Larson. Hu’s style is heavily influenced by Detroit and its…

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Book Launch: Mark Stryker’s “Jazz from Detroit.” Music by the Rodney Whitaker Quartet.

Tuesday, July 30 @ 7:00 pm
No Cover Charge

7 p.m., presentation by the author, followed by book signing 8 to 10:30 p.m., Rodney Whitaker Quartet “Jazz from Detroit” is a landmark — the first book to explore Detroit’s pivotal role in shaping the course of modern and contemporary jazz from the 1940s until…

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Jack Brandfield

Wednesday, July 31 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Born and raised in New York City, Jack Brandfield is a jazz saxophonist who is currently majoring in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University’s College of Music. He cites Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Scott Hamilton, and Harry Allen as his primary influences. Jack is a…

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Thursday, August 2019

Airey B & her Blues Boys featuring James O’Donnell

Thursday, August 1 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

Twenty-one-year old Airey is bold, impressive, and bodacious. A singer/songwriter as well as guitar player and pianist. Her voice is captivating, expressive and emotional. She invokes the spirit of the first ladies of the blues like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith & Lizzie Miles. A breath…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, August 2 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, August 16, 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 & Stuart Lyons…

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The John Barron Trio

Friday, August 2 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Veteran Detroit bassist John Barron has performed and recorded with numerous artists in a variety of musical genres. Highlights include Bettye Lavette, Motown legends The Contours and Martha Reeves, Wayne Kramer, Odessa Harris, Jill Jack, Dennis Coffey and Latin jazz groups Tumbao Bravo and Aguanko.…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, August 3 @ 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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Modern Element

Saturday, August 3 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Modern Element prides itself on being “a band made up of all genres," said Trunino Lowe, the group’s trumpeter and 21-year-old leader. "We have a mixture of jazz, hip-hop, R&B, gospel, blues, neo-soul, Latin, reggae and pop. We don't have a favorite genre. We just…

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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, August 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, August 25, 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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Ben Rosenblum

Sunday, August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10

Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionist Ben Rosenblum has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility), and as an “impressive talent” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz), who “caresses with the reverence it merits” (Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine). Ben is…

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The Alexis Lombre Trio

Tuesday, August 6 @ 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

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 2017 release of her…

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JOEY DEFRANCESCO

Wednesday, August 7 @ 8:00 pm
$35

Raised in Philadelphia, this is where the foundation of his musical roots in Jazz, Blues and other musical art forms were born. To hear JOEY DEFRANCESCO today, his music embodies the traditional art form infused with a distinct modern approach, just part of what makes…

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Khristian Foreman

Thursday, August 8 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

Born in Detroit, Michigan Khristian is an active trombonist & bass trombonist throughout michigan, its surrounding areas and all throughout the south. Khristian is currently a Senior Music Performance Major at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS where he actively performs at his school &…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, August 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, August 16, 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 & Stuart Lyons…

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Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric

Friday, August 9 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric www.toddclouser.com A Love Electric is a three nationality critically acclaimed power trio born out of Mexico City’s jazz scene. In seven years of tireless touring and creative output, Todd Clouser, Hernan Hecht, and Aaron Cruz, all three celebrated artists in…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, August 10 @ 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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Calvin Brooks & OGD

Saturday, August 10 @ 9:30 pm
$10

CALVIN BROOKS. is a versatile polished guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer. Brooks displays a distinctive sound and style of performing music which always warms the hearts and souls of his audience. Playing since the age of four, he introduced himself to music by creating an instrument…

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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, August 11 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 25, 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 Bell’s PIANO SUMMIT EVENT

Sunday, August 11 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$12

A day for great piano players including: ALVIN WADDLES KERRY PRICE JON MILAN JARROD CHAMPION MIKE KARLOFF MATTHEW BALL

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The Alexis Lombre Trio

Tuesday, August 13 @ 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

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 2017 release of her…

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The Andy Perri Trio

Wednesday, August 14 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

ANDY PERRI —JAZZ GUITARIST A local veteran guitarist who has performed at many venues across the metro –Detroit area, specializing in jazz, swing, latin, funk and blues. From Big bands (Rhythm Society Orchestra) to small groups (organ trios, duo settings and quartets, often with many…

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers “Piano & A Microphone”

Thursday, August 15 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
$20 - $25

Two separate artists who come together LIVE on the same stage, at the same time to perform songs from each other’s vast discographies. Enter the stage, Zo! + Carmen Rodgers. With a combined total of more than 10 individual projects, several of which have hit…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, August 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, August 16, 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 & Stuart Lyons…

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“Something To Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn”

Friday, August 16 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Arranger, lyricist, and pianist Billy Strayhorn was Duke Ellington's alter ego. They partnered for 30+ years in writing both popular and artistic jazz compositions. "Take the A Train," Lush Life," "Day Dream," and "Isfahan" are examples of works penned by this quiet jazz composer and…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, August 17 @ 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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The Colton Weatherston Trio

Saturday, August 17 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Guitarist and vocalist Colton Weatherston leads a trio comprised of Dale Grisa, Hammond B-3 organ, and Rob Avsharian, drums, with special guest "Bobby" Bell on vocals and trumpet. "Colton is known for his interpretations of standards, swing, and bebop, with unique presentations of rare gems…

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Sunday Brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, August 18 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 25, 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 Sunday

Sunday, August 18 @ 8:30 pm
$20 - $30

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 interior. It is one of the last remaining burlesque venues from the early days of Detroit’s Park Avenue alley…

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