The After-Set

Mark Your Calendars!!!
The After Set.... Featuring Alise King Friday March 6th at The Music Hall. Hosted by Carl Beendoinit! Doors open 7pm. Showtime 8pm. Admission ONLY $10!


Eleanora could be loosely described as chamber folk, but prefers to add in some dark r&b flavor and pop just to shake it up, drawing as much from Billie Holiday as Radiohead. They are a five-piece band co-fronted by Leah Elizabeth Dunstan and Julia Stephenson, whose voices and musical sensibilities are just fated to be together. You'll hear them on viola, violin and clarinet as well as guitar.

Spotlight: The Quarterly Series w/Angela Davis

The 4th installment of SPOTLIGHT is approaching. Mark your calendars and Save the Date so you don't miss be the BEST musical showcase in Detroit. Our feature performer will be Angela Davis .

Led Kaapana

Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa: Hawaiian Masters


Led Kaapana  & Mike Kaawa  are masters of the Hawaiian style of music known as slack key guitar (Ki Ho'alu). Led is the NEA National Heritage Fellow and one of the best slack key players alive today. He has a style that comes from his family in the days before TV, radio, internet -- it's down-home and real. His finger-pickin' style extends to autoharp and 'ukulele as well, and his vocal range encompasses baritone to Hawaiian falsetto singing (leo ki'e ki'e). Mike is Hawai’i’s finest 12-string guitar player and one of its most highly regarded musicians.

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Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa: Hawaiian Masters

“Ledward Kaapana is a master slack key guitarist.”

—The New York Times

"[Led]…friendly, generous, self-effacing, a little kolohe (rascally) and a flat out genius at just about any stringed instrument that can be finger-picked."  
 -- The Honolulu Advertiser

A master of the slack key guitar, Led Kaapana  has been one of Hawai‘i's most influential musicians for four decades. His mastery of stringed instruments, exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and extraordinary baritone to leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) vocal range, have made him a musical legend. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of “Led Heads” from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 2011, he was honored with an NEA National Heritage Fellowship  for his artistic excellence and his contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.

Mike Kaawa  is Hawai’i’s finest 12-string guitar player and one of its most highly regarded musicians. Known as “The Hawaiian Boy”, he describes his music as “Hawaiian with attitude”. He started performing at a young age and briefly flirted with rock-and-roll before committing himself to Hawaiian music. He is a regular at Hawaii’s Slack Key Festivals and popular venues. A captivating performer, Mike has created his own unique, robust sound in his playing, with a distinct vocal expression that comes straight from the heart. Often teaming up with Led Kaapana, they released Force of Nature  late 2008 which earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hawaiian Music Album.

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Hawaiian musical legend Ledward Kaapana  is unrivaled in his exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and baritone to falsetto vocal range, a delightful performer with rascal charm. Joined by Mike Kaawa , Hawaii’s finest 12-string guitar player.

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Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa: Hawaiian Masters


"…friendly, generous, self-effacing, a little kolohe (rascally) and a flat out genius at just about any stringed instrument that can be finger-picked."   -- The Honolulu Advertiser

A master of the slack key guitar, Led Kaapana  has been one of Hawai‘i's most influential musicians for four decades. His mastery of stringed instruments, exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and extraordinary baritone to leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) vocal range, have made him a musical legend. In 2011, he was honored with an NEA National Heritage Fellowship .

Led is joined by longtime collaborator Mike Kaawa, Hawai’i’s finest 12-string guitar player and one of its most highly regarded musicians. Known as “The Hawaiian Boy”, he describes his music as “Hawaiian with attitude”. Mike Kaawa is the perfect match for Led. Since they began performing together in the early 2000s, they have crafted a remarkable musical rapport much like jazz musicians’ improvisations with each other.

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Mike Kaawa

Led is joined by longtime collaborator Mike Kaawa, Hawai’i’s finest 12-string guitar player and one of its most highly regarded musicians. Known as “The Hawaiian Boy”, he describes his music as “Hawaiian with attitude”.

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Acoustic Symphony #1

This singer-songwriter showcase will be the first of many featuring singer-songwriters from the Detroit music scene. $5 cover at the door. There is also $5 parking behind the Music Hall. Each singer-songwriter will showcase 30 min sets including Ted NagySteve D'Angelo  , Abi Eklund , aka Bingo Mama, Mike GalbraithBill Kalmar , and Karianne Hollowell . Jazz Cafe at Music Hall in Detroit is a beautiful piece of architecture itself. The backdrop is a fantastic stage that will feature original singer-songwriters of your Detroit! See you there.

Pierre Anthony

Pierre Anthony hails from the great city of Detroit, Michigan. He is a product of the Detroit Public Schools, attending The Detroit High School for the Performing Arts. He has been singing since the age of eight, and writing music for himself and others since the age of 13. His musical influences include all of the Motown greats, Dave Hollister, Carl Thomas, Anthony Hamilton, and many more. He has performed at various venues around the city of Detroit, such as, Bert's Warehouse in the Historic Eastern market District, The Whitney hotel and restaurant, The Historic Baker's Keyboard Lounge, The African World Festival(2010 and 2012),just to name a few. Pierre was awarded the 2013 Detroit Male Vocalist of the Year by the Detroit Black Music Awards and 2012 Male Performance Artist of the Year by the Internet Radio Broadcasters Association.Pierre is currently working on his freshman album “Pierre Anthony” which includes the Detroit Anthem “I’m From Motor City”.  

We Are Motown

We got it, . . We got it,. . We got it.. We got SOUL!!
 Live & direct from the Legendary Music Hall Jazz Cafe'
 a live music event featuring the talents of The hottest artists in the "D"!!
 GROWN & SEXY. . . .
 TRACY. . .
 Greg "G-3" WATKINS. . .!home/c1v64
 It all goes down in the smooth and intimate Legendary 
 Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
 350 Madison
 8 pm
 Admission ONLY 10 .00!! All Night!!
 Get there early to have a seat , grab a ready to order
 fine meal and a refreshing cocktail!! Its gonna be a soulful sexy evening!!


Billy Brandt & The Sugarees

Folk, Rock, Roots, Country, Celtic, Americana, Celticana... Music that you can sing with three or four chords. Open ended performances with Jam's on the ends of several songs...songs I have written over the last twenty thirty years...

Lorenzo Rhodes CD Release

Native Detroiter Keyboardist/pianist Lorenzo Rhodes founder of the Lorenzo Rhodes Trio LR3 set his sights on performing, composing, and teaching and endeavors to continue to fuel the pulse of live music here in the city of Detroit.  Detroit has a great music history and in order to attempt his musical journey he knew it was going to take work.  He began his study here in the Jazz Culture with Jazz Master Harold McKinney as a mentor.  Since then Rhodes has gone on to fill the roles of music director, band leader, music teacher, and now international recording artist.  “God has allowed me several opportunities to share with people the importance of having their own voice through music”.  He is the founder and of “The jazz on the Grass” Jazz Festival series a community outreach event.  This event supplies its surrounding community with food, entertainment, fun, School supplies, and haircuts for children. 

Rhodes has performed in several settings such as The Historical Bakers Keyboard Lounge, The Historic Apollo Theater, The Oasis Theater of Chicago, the Bellagio and Palazzo in Las Vegas, The Fox Theater, and The Detroit Jazz Festival, Motor city, Greektown, MGM Casinos and many local festivals.  He is currently the Music Director of Restoration Fellowship Tabernacle church.

With his blend of different genres in his repertoire you are in for wonderful musical journey, when you are in the listening presence of Keyboardist/Pianist Composer Lorenzo Rhodes.

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R.J. Spangler Trio w/ Ralph Tope & Duncan McMillan

November 1, 9pm $5

The RJ Spangler Trio is all about the organ/guitar/drums format. If you dig Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Jack McDuff, then this group is for you.  

RJ (drums) has been playing with Duncan McMillan (organ) & Ralph Tope (guitar) for a number of years & last year the Eastlawn label released their debut CD called "This Is What We Do. The Trio held down a steady Wednesday night gig at Cliff Bell's Jazz Club in downtown for four years.On November 1st, the RJ Spangler will be playing swinging renditions of fairly obscure tunes from the Great American Song Book as well as funky organ jazz standards.

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Dominick Shelton

November 2, 8pm

Keeping it warm into the Fall , The longest running all Live R&B Music showcase of its kind in Detroit, R&B LIVE DETROIT continues to bring it with the hottest R&B in the "D"!! 

R&B LIVE DETROIT presents . .
 an intimate evening of Live Soul with Soul vocalist 

 MILE HIGH.... ..



It all goes down


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FOR MORE INFO CALL 313. 471. 4724 / 1stmynd@gmail.comWE, ARE MOTOWN. AND THIS, IS WHAT WE DO!!

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Music and Birthday Celebration for Dee

November 6, 7pm $15


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Malik Alston

November 7, 8pm $5

Beyond JazzMalik Alston QuartetJazz Cafe Music Hall Center for the Performing ArtsThursday, November 7, 20137 p.m. - 11 p.m.$10.00Blaze the edge of your senses with heat from the Malik Alston Quartet. Beyond Jazz features Malik Alston, Gabe Gonzalez, Bubs Fiddler, and Dave McMurray, for a sublime evening. This set delivers premium fusion, house and funk wrapped in the magic of jazz. Aficionados of fine music will appreciate the diverse flavors, as the quartet soars to the outer limits. Special guest Badriyyah Wazeerud-Din brings exquisite, dynamic vocals. Beyond Jazz – oh, yes it is, indeed.Malik Alston fuses a multitude of styles to create a new innovation in sound. He has delighted audiences in the United States and abroad, inviting them into his unique world of sound. His use of keyboards, voice, effects and composition sets a new standard. Malik has performed and shared the stage with Dwele, Les Nubians, Amp Fiddler, Martin Luther, Sky Covington, Paul Randolph, MonicaBlaire, Marcus Belgrave, Allan Barnes, Baatin, and Robert Glasper, among many artists. He has written and produced for many artists, including Neco Redd, Maurissa Rose, Souldeacon, Sean Blackman, Craig Huckaby, Alton Miller, Recloose, John Arnold, :brownstudy, LaVeda Davis, Roy Davis, Jr., Al McKenzie, Doc Link, The Linwood Ensemble, Painted Pictures, Javontte, Badriyyah Wazeerud-Din and Howard Wazeerud-Din II. Malik is the CEO of his label, Truth Manifest Records, founded in 1997. He continues to be a creative vessel and convey passion in his music, with new and exciting projects soon to be released on Truth Manifest. Gabe Gonzalez is a master drummer, well-versed in many genres of music. His powerful, funky and diverse approach to his instrument has taken him around the world. Gabe has had the pleasure of performing with many artists, including the P-Funk All Stars, Enema Squad (aka Enemy Squad), 420 Mob, The Process, David Winans Pi, Malik Alston & The Linwood Ensemble, The MistersHip, Gabe Gonzilla Monsters Trio, G.T.O. and the Kenny Olson Project. His artistry and production skills have earned recognition at the 2012 Detroit Music Awards as Outstanding Electronic Dance Writer/Producer. Gabe received nods at the 2011 Detroit Black Music Awards, including an award as Funk Artist of the Year and a nomination for Best Funk Instrumentalist.Bubs Fiddler plays the bass with fire and finesse, incorporating straight-ahead jazz, funk, fusion, and R & B. His smooth, seductive sound has entranced audiences at home and abroad. Bubs has performed and recorded with Faruq Z. Bey, George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars, Amp Fiddler, Larry Fratangelo, Michael Brock, Moodymann, Three Chairs, Generations, Davina and Inner City, among many artists. He is an accomplished writer and producer, and has worked with many artists.Dave McMurray began playing tenor saxophone in his youth and gained experience playing in Detroit clubs. He was influenced by John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, and by Detroit veteran Willie Metcalf. Dave gained further experience on the road with blues guitarist Albert Collins and has performed with pop, funk and rap artists. It is this eclectic mixture of influences and interests that have helped him develop a following among many audiences. His blending of jazz and rap caught the imaginations of many. Dave has toured as the musical director and featured soloist with Motown R&B artist KEM. He also tours as a featured soloist with Kid Rock. Dave has performed and toured with Bob James, Was (Not Was), Chuck Loeb, and the Geri Allen Electric Band. He has recorded with Was (Not Was), Gladys Knight, Bob Dylan, the B-52's, the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bootsy Collins, Nancy Wilson, Bob James and Iggy Pop, among many artists.Badriyyah Wazeerud-Din is an accomplished vocalist and lyricist. She uses her silky, multi-octave range in many genres, including jazz, soul, gospel, funk and classical music. Badriyyah has performed with many artists, including Painted Pictures, The Linwood Ensemble, Malik Alston, Allan Barnes, Blue Nefertiti of Les Nubians, Javontte, Craig Huckaby, Phil Hale, Paul Randolph, Dwayne Jensen, Sean Blackman, Yolanda Day, Omega, Joshua Adams, Howard Wazeerud-Din II, Neco Redd. She has written and recorded with Malik Alston, Veronique, Painted Pictures, The Linwood Ensemble, and Marissa Guzman, to name a few.

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A Man Can Change #16

November 8, 9pm $10

Join us for a night of REAL words by some of the cities REALEST wordsmiths. This show is all about speaking from the CORE...the SOUL.
 and MORE!!!
 Hosted by Joel Fluent Greene
 Music by DJ LaJedi
 Friday, November 8th
 Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
 350 Madison. Downtown Detroit
 Doors open at 8pm. Show starts at 9pm (Arrive early for better seating options) Tickets are $10 and are only available at the door day of show.

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Marvin Thompson Jr.

November 9, 7pm $10/$12

Marvin Thompson Jr. hosts Songwriters & Storytellers

Keyboardist Marvin Thompson Jr. and his band perform. Special guests include singer/songwriter Jill Grandison ,
 poet Nathan Drizz Johnson .
 Tickets: $10/advanced, $12/door.
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Elle Casazza

November 14, 8pm, $8

Elle Casazza  personifies her music, bold fearless and ethereal. Based in Chicago, Elle writes and performs music that is the love child of blues, soul, jazz and pop. "There's no one way to describe the music I write, it's a culmination of all the music I love to sing." Her powerful vocals send chills to those who listen. Elle performs along with the Elle Casazza Band to create an energetic live show that won't soon be forgotten.

Listening to Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, KT Tunstall, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald have influenced Elle’s eclectic writing style. Elle has performed at Daley Plaza, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Ace Bar, SPACE, the Jazz Showcase, and other venues in the Chicago area.

Elle’s debut EP For Your Pleasure  was released in the Spring of 2013. The EP shows off all of the styles Elle sings in, each song acting as a window into her life. Elle is looking forward to what 2013 has to offer.

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L-13 Band

November 16, 8pm $5

L-13 band is a family oriented group that continues to receive high acclaim through -out the music industry,they do it all,R&B jazz,the motown sound,old school,top 40,rock,&ROLL,and blues.they performed through out detroit,at the princess boat,the scarab club,marygrove college,belle isle detroit yacht club,and a host of fund raisers. the band members are joe bell bass,sandy percussions, pro on drums,mike dobbs- on keys.mike hicks lead guitar,sassie bleu lead/background vocals,will-lead/background vocals,and magic mike lead/background let L-13 take you on a fantastic voyage and keep it real with there music.

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Mike Stern

November 19, 8pm & 10pm $30/$40

(Detroit, MI)  Guitaristextraordinaire, Mike Stern , returnsagain to the cozy confines of the JazzCafe On Tuesday, November 19th   for two sets at 8 and 10PM. Sternwill be accompanied by Tom Kennedy onBass  and Richie Morales on drums .

Since his days with Blood Sweat & Tears in themid-1970s, followed by stints with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis’ band in the‘80s, and a solo career that now spans more than 25 years, guitarist MikeStern  has used his jazz roots as a starting point for exploring a range ofalternate territories that include R&B, rock, swing, funk, world music andnumerous other regions along the musical topography. The recipient of GuitarPlayer magazine’s Certified Legend Award for 2012, he’s an artist who’s notafraid to bring numerous styles and ideas – however diverse – into the sameplace just to see what happens.

All Over the Place  is Stern’s latest recordingon Heads Up International , a divisionof Concord Music Group. Set for release on June 19, 2012, the 11-song setaligns the characteristically diverse and adventurous guitarist with a cadre ofbrilliant guests, including trumpeter Randy Brecker; saxophonist Kenny Garrett;and drummers Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock and Lionel Cordew. Also on hand is adelegation of high-caliber electric and acoustic bass players: EsperanzaSpalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, TomKennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey.

In a career that spans three decades and a discography thatincludes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, six-time GRAMMYnominee Mike Stern  has established himself as one of the premier jazzand jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.

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Born in Boston in January 1953, Stern grew up in Washington,DC, then returned to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. Aftercollege, he got his start as a guitar player with Blood, Sweat & Tears atage 22. Following a brief stint with Billy Cobham’s powerhouse fusion band from1979 to 1980, he moved to New York City, where he was recruited by Miles Davisto play a key role in Miles’ celebrated comeback band of 1981 (which alsoincluded bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Al Foster, percussionist Mino Cineluand saxophonist Bill Evans). During his three-year period with Miles, Sternappeared on three recordings with the jazz maestro – Man with the Horn , StarPeople  and the live We Want Miles . He toured with Jaco Pastorius’Word of Mouth Band from 1983 through 1985 and returned to Miles’ lineup for asecond tour of duty that lasted close to a year.

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Ticket prices are $30 (advance)& $40 (door).  To buy tickets at Music Hall Box Office visitaddress at 350 Madison Ave., Detroit, MI.  Call 313.887.8501 for BoxOffice


Jazz Cafe

350 Madison

Detroit, MI 48226

313 887-8500

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Detroit Tonight Live

November 21, 7pm FREE!!!

John D. Lamb well known Detroit area singer songwriter
Melinda Phillips Southern Gothic Jewish Novelist
Pat Barnes acclaimed Metro Detroit Poet
Leigh Mosley Detroit poet and slam champ
Anita Schmaltz innovative, experimental poet, artist and musician 

Ted Nagy singer songwriter formerly of The a Magic Poetry Band

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Ingenious Band

November 27, 8pm $10

Kamal Smith (vocals), Arica Lorick (vocals), Freeman Spells (Bass), William Jones (Keys), Terrence Neal (Drums), Thomas Mehall (Guitar), Shavon Johnson (Sousaphone/congas), Melanie White (trombone), Dameon Gabriel (trumpet)

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Dion Price

November 29, 8pm

BLACK FRIDAY takes on a whole new Meaning as , The longest running all Live R&B Music showcase of its kind in Detroit, R&B LIVE DETROIT continues to bring it with the hottest R&B in the "D"!!


presents . .

an intimate evening of Live Soul with GRAND SLAMM RECORDING ARTIST









        CORI BLACK

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Dave Sharp CD Release

November 30, 8pm $5

Bassist, composer and band leader   Dave Sharp  and his band "Secret 7" celebrate the release of his new CD "WORLDS" (National Release Date Nov 19, 2013), the follow-up to his acclaimed Secret 7 release "7." "WORLDS" is an expansive soundscape featuring his brand of ‘World Jazz” music. Recognized in the JazzTimes 2010 Critic’s Poll, Dave Sharp’s Secret 7 masterfully blends rhythms, sounds, textures – and musicians – from across the globe. This evening of "World Jazz" music will feature Chris Kaercher on Saxophone, Dan Bennet on Baritone Saxophone and Clarinet, Gayelynne McKinney on Drums, Carolyn Koebel on Percussion and John Churchville on Tabla, and Dave Sharp on Electric and Upright Bass.

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