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Saturday, November 2019

Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, November 30, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine player who now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette and the US with country-rock band Whitey Morgan. Samuel Chase Harris on bass & Jake Matthews on drums, all three are…

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The Allen Dennard Quintet

Saturday, November 16 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Twenty-four-year-old trumpeter Allen Dennard has one foot firmly planted in the classic jazz canon. The 2016 graduate of the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance leads his own rotating jazz ensemble while also regularly playing with the likes of Detroit legends Marion…

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Sunday brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, November 17 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, November 24, 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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Wayne State University jam Session

Sunday, November 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
No Cover Charge

A student jam session - but all are invited to participate.

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WHFR Benefit

Sunday, November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10.00

WHFR programs ALTERNATIVE VARIETY, music little heard elsewhere on Detroit area radio stations, almost 40% of which is Classical but also featuring: Alternative/Modern Rock, Big Band, Country, Americana/Folk, Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Space Rock, Urban, and World music, in addition to a weekly public affairs…

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D-Three+Two

Tuesday, November 19 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 26, 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 Trunino Lowe Quartet

Wednesday, November 20 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Trunino Lowe is one of Detroit’s promising young musicians. Born & raised on Detroit’s eastside, he is a proud graduate of the Detroit School of Arts. Mr. Lowe was mentored by Detroit trumpeters Kris Johnson, Dwight Adams, Rayse Biggs and John Douglas. He is now…

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The Ryan Bills Quartet

Thursday, November 21 @ 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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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, November 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, November 29, 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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Michael Zaporski’s FUTUREVISIONS

Friday, November 22 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Michael Zaporski’s FUTUREVISIONS explodes across the soundscape, taking audiences on a lyrical epic, connecting two continents and two quintessential traditions: American Jazz and West African rhythms. Their performances are a whirlwind of dynamic energy leaving listeners hanging on every pulse-pounding note. Jazz aficionados and novices…

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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, November 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, November 30, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine player who now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette and the US with country-rock band Whitey Morgan. Samuel Chase Harris on bass & Jake Matthews on drums, all three are…

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Shahida Nurullah and Good Company

Saturday, November 23 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Deeply steeped in the generations of great Jazz and Blues that centers the rich musical legacy of Detroit (which includes Kenn Cox, Donald Walden, Marcus Belgrave and Thomas “Beans” Bowles), Shahida Nurullah is one of the motor city’s premier and most treasured jazz vocalists. Her…

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Sunday brunch w/ Jarrod Champion

Sunday, November 24 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, November 24, 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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TATATU’ COLLECTIVE: The Music of Cedar Walton

Sunday, November 24 @ 7:00 pm
$10.00

The debut date of this new project born in the Michigan State University when a group of friends got together with the intention of celebrating the amazing pianist and composer Cedar Walton and his music. TATATU' COLLECTIVE is brought to you by: Margherita Fava (piano)…

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D-Three+Two

Tuesday, November 26 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 26, 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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Tbone Paxton/RJ Spangler Organ Group w/ Dale Grisa

Wednesday, November 27 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

RJ & Tbone have collaborated for decades and have a repertoire that spans Fats Waller to Louis Jordan to Earl King and other New Orleans fonk, as Dr. John would say.  RJ and organist Dale Grisa held down a steady Wednesday night gig at Cliff…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28
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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, November 29, 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 Planet D Nonet

Friday, November 29 @ 9:30 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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Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, November 30, 2019

No Cover Charge

Our long-standing early Saturday piano trio series, led by Evan, a fine player who now tours throughout the world with soul diva Bettye LaVette and the US with country-rock band Whitey Morgan. Samuel Chase Harris on bass & Jake Matthews on drums, all three are…

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The Rob Crozier Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, November 30 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

The Rob Crozier Jazz Ensemble is a jazz ensemble based in Ann Arbor focused on presenting the work of the singing bassist/multi-instrumentalist/composer Rob Crozier. After a whirlwind performance at the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival, this fine group continues to wow audiences with its high energy…

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Thursday, December 2019

Michael Malis and Common Tongue

Thursday, December 5 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

Michael Malis and Common Tongue Michael Malis — piano and compositions Rafael Statin — saxophones and reeds Brian Juarez — bass Jonathan Taylor — drums Michael Malis (b. 1988) is a composer, pianist, and music educator based in Detroit MI. A multi-faceted musical artist, he…

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Alex Harding’s Organ Nation

Friday, December 6 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Alex Harding was born on April 5, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of six, Alex knew what he wanted to do in his lifetime: to be a musician. He started to pursue his dream. Alex started on Drums & a few years later…

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Aguanko Holiday Show

Saturday, December 7 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Conga player and composer Alberto Nacif and the superlative musicians who make up the sizzling Latin Jazz septet Aguanko have a new, all original Latin Jazz recording titled “Pattern Recognition”, produced by Jose “Pepe” Espinosa, and released in July 2018. This recording features the core…

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The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, December 12 @ 7:00 pm
$10.00

Scott is a band-leader, composer/arranger, pianist, and educator. As a performer, Scott has played on over 20 professionally released recordings including 5 under his own name. Basement Vibes (2002), Scott Gwinnell Trio (2006), the award-winning Brush Fire (2008), Cass Corridor Story (2011- Detroit Music Factory)…

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The Fred Hughes Trio

Friday, December 13 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Fred Hughes is a Washington DC based pianist who for decades has been one of the outstanding musicians on the east coast. He also has been the musical director for Three Mo’ Tenors where he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as well…

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Paul Keller Quintet Holiday Show

Saturday, December 14 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

The Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN / Quintet features vocalist/clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo (Keller says, "Sarah is the voice of my music."), saxophonist Steve Wood, pianist Duncan McMillan and drummer David Alvarez III. Their hallmark is unique tonal blend of clarinet and saxophone in harmony - a…

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Thursday, January 2020

The Matt Endahl Trio

Thursday, January 2, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

Matt Endahl is a pianist, composer and educator, currently based in Nashville TN. Since moving there in 2013 he has performed in groups led by Jeff Coffin, Chester Thompson, Imer Santiago, Duffy Jackson, Christina Watson, Marcus Finnie, and many others. He plays regularly with the…

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Lawrence Barris & Friends

Friday, January 3, 2020 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

About Well-versed in traditional jazz, bebop and post-bop idioms, Lawrence Barris draws from a variety of American musical forms; funk, soul, R&B, and blues. He currently performs and records with Lawrence Barris & Friends and the critically acclaimed trio, organissimo. Associated Acts include the late…

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Chris Hovan Organic Trio

Saturday, January 4, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
$10.00

Tapping into the current Hammond organ revival, Chris Hovan’s Organic Trio revisits the classic organ combo genre with a renewed sense of purpose that puts swing and soulful energy at a premium. Covering both modern repertoire and iconic standards from the jazz lexicon, the trio…

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Ramona Collins

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Premier entertainer Ramona Collins is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, educator, actress, emcee and radio host who grew up in Lansing MI. Now based out of Toledo, Ohio, her shows have made her an audience favorite at clubs, concerts and festivals wherever she goes. She…

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The Travis Aukerman Electric Trio

Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

"Propelled by new age sounds and genre-bending explorations of indie, jazz, and original compositions, the Travis Aukerman Electric Trio contributes an inspired take on the direction of modern music" This group features the incomparable Galen Bundy on rhodes, electronics, and synthesizers and Tyler Aukerman on…

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Wednesday, February 2020

Dennard / Daher / Deas Trio

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

The Dennard / Daher / Deas Trio harnesses raw, rhythmic, and spiritual improvisational energy in their explorations of the open space of the chordless trio. Standards are blended with structured improvisations built from intentions, concepts, and compositional fragments in the trio's emergent sonic journeys through…

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Travis Aukerman’s Standards Trio

Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

"Together the three musicians bond over a deep respect for piano trio lineage, all the while contributing their own voices to Jazz's most commonly used configuration." This trio features the virtuosic and thrilling piano performances of Ben Maloney, as well as the inimitable bass playing…

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Wednesday, March 2020

Dr. Prof. Leonard King Orchestra plays the music of Lyman Woodard & Ron English

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
$10.00

Organist Lyman Woodard called both guitarist Ron English & drummer/vocalist Leonard King Jr. to join his newly formed trio at the Hobby Bar on Detroit's westside in September 1973 which bonded musically very quickly. All three members were the nucleus of various groups Lyman formed…

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The Randy Napoleon Quartet

Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 9:30 pm
$10.00

Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He is currently touring as a leader after twenty years of road apprenticeship with some of the most celebrated musicians and groups…

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