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Saturday, March 2018

Michelle Lordi

Saturday, March 24 @ 9:30 pm
$10

“An emotionally insightful performer with an arrestingly beautiful sound”-Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle. A singer blessed with a sumptuous voice and persuasive sense of swing, Michelle Lordi turns each musical encounter into an emotionally charged communion, creating an exhilarating circuit between her voice, her collaborators…

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Jarrod Champion

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

Sunday, March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 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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beta collective

Sunday, March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10

:beta collective:​ A powerhouse group of the Midwest's top improvisers, Dan Bruce's :beta collective is a modern jazz ensemble that performs original compositions and highly personalized arrangements of jazz standards. The members' ​unique musical identities combine to form a powerful and unmistakable group sound. The…

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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, March 27 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover charge

Alexis Lombre is a teenage 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…

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Chris Speed Trio

Wednesday, March 28 @ 8:00 pm
$20

Since arriving in New York in the early 1990s, reed player Chris Speed has been one of the most vital improvising musicians on the scene. His work has always ranged widely, moving from a jazz base out through various forms of folk, classical and rock…

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Paul Carey Group on Tigers Opening Day

Thursday, March 29 @ 4:00 pm
No Cover charge

Paul will play blues and jazz directly after the Home Opener has finished. Could be 3 pm, or maybe 4pm?

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, March 30 @ 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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Dale Grisa Group

Friday, March 30 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Veteran Detroit area pianist Dale Grisa leads a modern jazz quintet, not so much swing oriented, but rather more-funky & certainly up-beat, with top-level players.

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, March 31 @ 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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Olin Clark

Saturday, March 31 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Olin Clark is a Michigan native and current resident of Brooklyn, NY. As a composer and arranger, Olin's music has been performed by many ensembles around the United States and abroad. Olin has has played with bands/artists like Etienne Charles’ Creole Soul, Ray Parker, Marcus…

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Sunday, April 2018

Jarrod Champion

Sunday, April 1 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 30, 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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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, April 3 @ 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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The Bobby Muncy Quartet

Wednesday, April 4 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover charge

Saxophonist and Composer, Bobby Muncy has been called "an adventurous local tenor saxophone player” by The Washington Post. The DCist writes that his "eclecticism is reflected in Muncy's writing...reveal a broad range of influences, from John Coltrane to Radiohead.” Mike West of the Washington City Paper describes his…

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The Philippe LeJeune Trio

Thursday, April 5 @ 8:00 pm
$10

French pianist Philippe LeJeune is a perfect example of the mixture of jazz and blues which was especially an important strain in the jazz tradition. The young pianist attended a 1968 concert in Reims, France, by master boogie-woogie and blues pianist Memphis Slim, and immediately…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, April 6 @ 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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John Raymond & Real Feels CD Release

Friday, April 6 @ 9:00 pm
$10

John Raymond - flugelhorn Gilad Hekselman - guitar Colin Stranahan - drums BIO "Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time...with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling, Raymond is steering jazz in the right direction." (Downbeat Magazine) Recently voted as a Rising…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, April 7 @ 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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Sky Covington’s Billie Holiday Review

Saturday, April 7 @ 9:30 pm
$10

“Happy Birthday Billie... Billie Holiday Revue Starring Sky Covington ft.Club Crescendo In honor of Billie Holiday’s birthday this April, vocalist Sky Covington will present a career-spanning tribute  at Cliff Bells.  This concert will include Lady Day's music from her Columbia, Commodore, Verve and Decca catalogue…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, April 8 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 30, 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

Sunday, April 8 @ 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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Oakland University Jazz Night

Sunday, April 8 @ 7:30 pm
No Cover charge

Come check out the OU student jazz ensembles, under the direction of Sean Dobbins!

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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, April 10 @ 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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ALEX HARDING and LUCIAN BAN

Wednesday, April 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10

Detroit born baritone sax extraordinaire ALEX HARDING and Transylvanian expat pianist LUCIAN BAN have been collaborating for almost two decades, founding several groups together, releasing a handful of diverse albums for American and European labels, performing countless concerts and tours all the while documenting an…

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Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, April 12 @ 7:00 pm
$10

This is the 20th anniversary for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, which initially started as a rehearsal band for Gwinnell to hear his compositions and arrangements played. With encouragement from friends/musicians and an offer of a weekly gig at the Music Menu Cafe in Detroit’s…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, April 13 @ 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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Rod Williams Quartet

Friday, April 13 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Pianist/Composer Rod Williams was born in Detroit April 15, 1954 and studied with the great pianist Kenny Cox. In the summer 1981 he was playing with the Sam Sanders’ group “Visions” at the Detroit Jazz Center as an opening act for Air (Henry Threadgill, Fred…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, April 14 @ 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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Rod Williams Quartet

Saturday, April 14 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Pianist/Composer Rod Williams was born in Detroit April 15, 1954 and studied with the great pianist Kenny Cox. In the summer 1981 he was playing with the Sam Sanders’ group “Visions” at the Detroit Jazz Center as an opening act for Air (Henry Threadgill, Fred…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, April 15 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 30, 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 Jazz Night

Sunday, April 15 @ 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.  WSU students ensembles will perform on the stage at Cliff Bell's, followed by…

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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, April 17 @ 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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Michigan Opera Theater at Cliff Bell’s!

Wednesday, April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10

Michigan Opera Theatre is thrilled to return to Cliff Bell’s for an evening of opera and jazz. The evening is in anticipation of MOT’s upcoming production of “The Summer King” which tells the story of Negro Leagues baseball legend Josh Gibson, considered one of the…

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Mike Monford & Detroit Effervescence

Thursday, April 19 @ 8:00 pm
$10

Detroit saxophonist and educator Mike Monford & his band Effervescence bring to listeners a unique performance experience with a classic jazz foundation layered with avant-garde, Hip-hop, and soul.

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, April 20 @ 5:30 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 Carey Group

Friday, April 20 @ 9:00 pm
$10

Guitarist Paul Carey is a veteran Detroit musician having toured for years with folks like Sir Mack Rice ("Mustang Sally"), Alberta Adams & Thornetta Davis. He mixes jazz and blues and creates a dynamic musical gumbo.

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, April 21 @ 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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DET/NYC quartet feat Dwight Adams

Saturday, April 21 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Josh Davis (Drums) and Sam Trapchak (Bass) moved to NYC from Detroit 10 years ago. On this very special evening they will reunite with two of Detroit’s premier jazz musicians- Dwight Adams (Trumpet) and Scott Gwinnell (Piano). Join us or an evening of classic, swinging…

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Jarrod Champion

Sunday, April 22 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, December 30, 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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Caroline Davis

Sunday, April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10

From Caroline Davis's "Heart Tonic" (3/23/18) on Sunnyside Records. For the past four years, saxophonist/composer Caroline Davis has been tied up in matters of the heart. Her focus is multi-tiered, however. There are the metaphorical facets, including her feelings about her recent relocation to New…

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