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Friday, April 2018

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
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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Alexis Lombre

Tuesday, April 24 @ 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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Jeff Cuny Trio

Wednesday, April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:59 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 Paxton and also the Gary Greenfelder Orchestra.

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Peyton Miller Quintet

Thursday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm
$10

Peyton Miller, 18-year-old, award-winning composer, vibraphonist and percussionist tells stories. He uses a range of diverse textures to paint sonic pictures and believes that what's behind the music is an integral part of how the music should be played. Peyton will be performing a blend…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, April 27 @ 5:15 pm - 8:30 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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Planet D Nonet

Friday, April 27 @ 9:00 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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Saturday, April 28
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Speakeasy Sunday’s w/ Holly Hock

Sunday, April 29 @ 8:30 pm
$20 - $30

Burlesque at its finest! Sunday, April 29 Doors 7:30pm/Show 8:30pm $20-30 Featuring performances by: Ms B Larose Josephine Shaker Kitten Von Mitten Céleste Vé Dette Ruby La Louche Kitty Hawkk & Eris Miss Holly Hock emcee: Lilith Von Tal https://www.facebook.com/events/1189804571122615 Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speakeasy-sundays-april-edition-tickets-44350219701 http://www.misshollyhock.com/

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Tuesday, May 2018

Trunino Lowe Quartet

Tuesday, May 1 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Trunino is one of the young promising upcoming trumpet players. Born & raised in Detroit where he found his love for Music. Always a guaranteed good time when he’s in the house.

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MSU Community Music School-Detroit: Spartan Spectacular 2018

Wednesday, May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
No Cover Charge

MSU Community Music School-Detroit: Spartan Youth Jazz Programs Spartan Youth Jazz is an after-school program for middle and high school students. It provides high-quality music education from professional Detroit musicians, educators, and entrepreneurs. Classes and rehearsals focus on jazz improvisation, music history, music composition and…

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Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, May 3 @ 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, May 4 @ 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 James Hughes/Jimmy Smith Quartet

Friday, May 4 @ 9:00 pm
$10

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

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, May 5 @ 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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Dwight Adams Quartet

Saturday, May 5 @ 9:30 pm
$10

Trumpeter Dwight Adams’ musical training came later in life, not beginning until he joined his Detroit high school band during his junior year. With a great deal of natural talent and hard work he landed a gig as a member of fellow Detroiter Teddy Harris’…

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Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s PARLOUR GAME

Sunday, May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20

Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s PARLOUR GAME celebrates the popular roots of jazz. It honors the groove, the conversation, the game, and the women that made jazz a social music. It features four musicians that have been at the forefront of American music for nearly…

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Stoney Creek High School HS Jazz Band & Adams HS Jazz Band

Monday, May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10

The Stoney Creek HS Blue and Gold Jazz Bands are comprised of students in grades 9-12 and perform through our the metro-Detroit area, giving a number of school and local performances.   The Rochester Adams High School Jazz Band is comprised of students in grades…

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Becoming Quintet

Tuesday, May 8 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

“Becoming” is an exciting new jazz collective featuring Eric Wortzman (Trumpet), Markus Howell (Sax), Luther Allison (Piano), Liany Mateo (Bass), and Zach Adleman (Drums.) They will be debuting an exiting program of original compositions and arrangements penned by each of the five members of the band.…

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Alex Colista Quartet

Wednesday, May 9 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

The Alex Colista Quartet features a mixture of standards and originals, with styles ranging from hard bop to hip hop. Alex on sax with Jake Schwandt on guitar, Rocco Popielarski on string bass and Kayvon Gordon on drums.  

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Dan Pugach Nonet

Thursday, May 10 @ 8:00 pm
$10

Dan Pugach Nonet CD Release of "Plus One" Dan Pugach is a Brooklyn-based, two-time ASCAP Jazz Composer Award-winning drummer/arranger. Dan has worked with Ingrid Jensen, Rosa Passos, Airto Moreira, Gregoire Maret, Billy Drews, Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Bergeron, Sloan and Lucy Wainwright, and Dave Stryker, among…

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Jeff Cuny Trio

Friday, May 11 @ 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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Eddie Moore & Outer Circle

Friday, May 11 @ 9:00 pm
$10

When you speak to Eddie Moore you find an ocean of calm, and when you listen to Eddie Moore  you find the depth of that ocean. Eddie reaches from the soul with every note, in a deep way, with a tension just below the surface.…

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The Evan Mercer Trio

Saturday, May 12 @ 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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Eddie Moore & Outer Circle

Saturday, May 12 @ 9:30 pm
$10

When you speak to Eddie Moore you find an ocean of calm, and when you listen to Eddie Moore  you find the depth of that ocean. Eddie reaches from the soul with every note, in a deep way, with a tension just below the surface.…

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Mother’s Day w/ the ReaDeal Big Band

Sunday, May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10

Formed in 2006 by two top Detroit musicians, Leo Rea, a trumpeter, and Vaughan Klugh, a guitarist, the ReaDeal Band began rehearsing with 6 players and quickly grew to a full sized 17 piece big band with 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and a…

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Bloomfield Hills Jazz Band

Monday, May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10

The Bloomfield Hills Music Department and band program is one of the top music programs in the state of Michigan. The school has been a past recipient of the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) award for one of the best communities for music education…

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The Allen Dennard Quartet

Tuesday, May 15 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

The Allen Dennard Quartet is a jazz, funk/fusion band based in the city of Detroit, MI. From traditional swinging compositions to the new contemporary sounds of today, Allen's quartet offers a mix of old school and new school music. Allen and his group have played…

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Tbone Paxton & Trio

Wednesday, May 16 @ 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Trombonist Tbone Paxton is an engaging singer as evidenced by his 2017 & 2018 nominations as Outstanding Jazz Vocalist at the Detroit Music Awards. He hasbacked many touring New Orleans artists, including both Johnny Adams and Earl King, so the music of NOLA is always…

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