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Tuesday, December 2017

Gino Fanelli

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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Colton Weatherston Septet

Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
$10

Returning to Detroit from Philadelphia, the native Detroiter presents an evening of crisply swinging vocal jazz standards, chanson, and bebop swiddies, jazzman, Colton Weatherston, leads this "Detroit Family Reunion" Jazz Arkestra in a performance of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Django Reinhart classics. Colton Weatherston Septet…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
No Cover charge

The Jeff Cuny Trio, 5:30 to 8:15 pm, no cover. 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…

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Vie Boheme Live! Featuring Noah Jackson

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Vie Boheme Live! Featuring Noah Jackson Vie Boheme is a Motown native, blossomed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis. She is a fusion artist; a singer, dancer and choreographer. Her sound is a fusion of Soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B and Pop. Her lyrics mix vulnerability…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 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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Vie Boheme Live! Featuring Noah Jackson

Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Vie Boheme Live! Featuring Noah Jackson Vie Boheme is a Motown native, blossomed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis. She is a fusion artist; a singer, dancer and choreographer. Her sound is a fusion of Soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B and Pop. Her lyrics mix vulnerability…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 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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Oliver Nevels Trio

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
No Cover charge

Oliver is a veteran guitar player whom has recorded and/or toured with national greats like Richard “Groove” Holmes, Brother Jack McDuff & Charles Earland. He will bringa funky organ group to Cliff Bell’s that includes the great Gerard Gibbs on organ & Gene Dunlap on…

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Sasha Kashperko Trio

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

This is part of our on-going Wednesday Jazz Guitar Series. Sasha plays swing, soul & original tunes as well as some standard repertoire. He recently performed at the DJF with Karriem Riggins, Robert Glasper & the rapper/actor Common.

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Stephen Boegehold Trio

Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Stephen Boegehold (b. 1991) is a drummer and composer based in New York City. He has played with a wide range of musicians on stages from big American cities to tiny European towns, and loves to create music no matter the circumstances. Stephen has self-released…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
No Cover charge

The Jeff Cuny Trio, 5:30 to 8:15 pm, no cover. 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…

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The Vincent A. Chandler Collective

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Prof. Vincent A. Chandler, WSU-Lecturer of Jazz Studies, is a native Detroiter and protege of one of the strongest era’s of the Detroit jazz scene, having studied and/or performed with local heroes such as Donald Walden, Kenn Cox, Harold McKinney, Teddy Harris, Marcus Belgrave, James…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 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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Shahida Nurullah

Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Shahida Nurullah has a right to sing the blues. Considering she lost both her parents as a teenager, raised her brother when she was practically a child herself, and suffered debilitating injuries in an accident that nearly ended her life. She sings the blues so…

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Brunch Closed This Sunday

Sunday, December 31, 2017
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New Years Eve at Cliff Bell’s!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
$100

New Year's Eve celebration is $100 per person, which includes a 5 course dinner, live entertainment by the Jeff Cuny Quartet and Planet D Nonet, a midnight toast, party favors and late night snacks to ring in 2018 in style! Excludes tax and gratuity. 6:30…

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Tuesday, January 2018

Cliff Bell’s Closed!

Tuesday, January 2 @ 12:00 am
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Kayvon Gordon & NKW

Wednesday, January 3 @ 8:00 pm
Free Admittance

Kayvon is one of our top young drummers on the scene and he is bringing an equally hot young band with saxophonists Steve Grady & Kasan Belgrave, bassist Andy Peck and visiting from LA, the excellent pianist Glenn Tucker--these musicians are among the freshest voices…

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Scott Qwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, January 4 @ 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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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, January 5 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Free Admittance

The Jeff Cuny Trio, 5:30 to 8:15 pm, no cover. 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…

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Chris Codish Trio

Friday, January 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
$10

Chris has been the scene long enough to have several shelves full of Detroit Music Awards as he is a very well-respected keyboardist. He also brings a touch of humor to his bluesy vocals. He is known on the Detroit scene and beyond, having toured…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, January 6 @ 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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Lucas Kadish TUNDRA

Saturday, January 6 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Lucas Kadish' NYC quartet deals with original music and standards in a way that you might not have heard before. Rooted heavily in blues and jazz music, they pull influence from European classical and free music.

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, January 7 @ 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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Emma Aboukasm

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

Emma Aboukasm is a young jazz singer whom is known to audiences at Cliff Bell’s for her many performances with the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, but this evening  she comes with a strong young trio.

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Alexis Lombre Quartet

Tuesday, January 9 @ 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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The Charlie Miller Quartet

Wednesday, January 10 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover charge

The Charlie Miller quartet is a group of musicians refining the craft of standards and exploring new sounds with original compositions. Charlie on trumpet, with Rocco Popielarski on string bass, Evan Mercer on piano, and Kayvon Gordon on drums.

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Dave Sharp Quartet

Thursday, January 11 @ 8:00 pm
$10

From Ann Arbor, Dave Sharp earned a degree from the University of Michigan & also studied with bassist Herbie Lewis (McCoy Tyner, Cannonball Adderly, Les McCann) at the New College of California. After a brief tour of Japan, Sharp returned home to Michigan, where he…

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The Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, January 12 @ 5:15 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 Paul VornHagen Quartet

Friday, January 12 @ 9:00 pm
$10

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 his start…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, January 13 @ 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…

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Alex Harding Organ Nation

Saturday, January 13 @ 9:00 pm
$10

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 the tenor sax as a child,…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, January 14 @ 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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Speakeasy Sundays w/ Holly Hock

Sunday, January 14 @ 7:30 pm
$15 - $25

General Admission $15 / Reserved $20 / VIP $25 Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm Holly is the founder and headmistress of the Detroit School of Burlesque and also produces the only monthly recurring Detroit burlesque show in an original speakeasy called Speakeasy Sundays,  featuring local and…

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Alexis Lombre Trio/Quartet

Tuesday, January 16 @ 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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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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