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10 Jul The Michael Malis Quartet

Recently named one of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians by the Detroit Free Press, avant garde jazz composer and pianist Michael Malis leads his quartet with piano, upright bass, drums & trumpet. Malis is known for his loose and spontaneous free expressions of music,...

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18 Apr Talking Ear

Talking Ear is a five-piece progressive music ensemble based out of the Midwest, committed to providing a unique experience for listeners through composition, collaboration, and improvisation. The band consists of vocalist Estar Cohen, guitarist Daniel Palmer, pianist Benjamin Maloney, bassist Aidan Cafferty, and drummer Travis...

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13 Apr Rod Williams Quartet

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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28 Mar Chris Speed Trio

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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21 Mar Jon Taylor Trio

Jon Taylor is a Detroit-based drummer, improviser, composer, and educator. A tireless collaborator, he co-leads a number of original projects around town. He has performed alongside such luminaries of creative music as Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, and Michael Formanek, and is a...

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03 Jan Kayvon Gordon & NKW

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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