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A Man Can Change:Classic Men

DETROIT'S HIT POETRY/MUSIC SERIES IS BACK! Join us Friday, August 28th, for a night of poetic, soulful, & CLASSIC entertainment.

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Hosted by legendary Detroit based poet/author/host, Joel Fluent Greene, the evening will feature some of the city's best male talents in poetry & live music. For this one we ask the question, "What is a classic man?" A mentality? Style? Being aware of the world's issues? How you carry yourself? All of the above? Our poets are ready to bring their own definition to the stage for a show you won't forget!

A Man Can Change is all about bringing real words and emotions to the people. Expect the poignant and humorous. The thought provoking to the soul stirring. The romantic and the raw. Each show has been packed with Detroit's best! We're inviting all fly, cultured, fun and sophisticated people to be in the building! Women love it...men respect it. Don't miss it! 

Held at the beautiful and historic, Jazz Cafe @ Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, & featuring:

Poetry
Live music
Live art
Detroit Based vendors & artisans
$5 drink specials
Full food menu
& MORE.

A MAN CAN CHANGE: CLASSIC MEN.
Don't hear about it...be there!!!

De'Sean Jones

BIOGRAPHY

Confidence and talent have taken De’Sean Jones  far in the last decade and a half, a long road that started with a casual bet between De’Sean  and his father.

Just 12 years old at the time, and having only dabbled in music up to that point, De’Sean heard the music of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Intrigued, but not intimidated, his reaction was “I can do that.”
To his surprise, the elder Jones called his bluff by purchasing a saxophone and gave the young man six months to prove himself. The rest is Detroit music history, still in the making.

A prodigy on tenor sax, Jones participated in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's civic jazz program, attended the Detroit School for the Fine and Performing Arts and the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory. He also studied under renowned jazz bassist Rodney Whitaker both through the DSO and Michigan State University.

His mentors entered his life early, leading him into the folds of Detroit’s weighty jazz scene at the age of 15. As a teenager Jones played with such notables as the late-great Gerald Wilson, Donald Walden and Lawrence Williams. But it was Detroit jazz icon, Marcus Belgrave that left the deepest imprint on his musical soul.

“Marcus is the reason I became a musician,” De’Sean says of the late- great trumpet player. Belgrave became a second father to De’Sean; his musical father. He brought him into the world of jazz that would be his home, his familiar place, into adulthood, even as he ventured out into other areas of musical experimentation. The two even engaged in long, sometimes harsh conversations that were rarely about music, but rather about life.
“He was much more than a force from the bandstand,” says De’Sean. “He was my… read more

Monique Ella Rose

Monique Ella Rose is a singer/songwriter whose style blends with soul, R&B, blues & funk. She is quickly earning a reputation as one of Michigan's most exciting new talents. She is an in demand artist that is grateful for this new chapter in her life that is creating wonderful opportunities.

Born in Saginaw, raised in Detroit she was immersed in music at a very young age. She contributes her strong musical roots to her family and growing up in church. With her father being a artist and poet and her mother, an author, playwright, and educator, creativity was bound to flow through her veins.

Her sister, Tracey, was her first director and vocal coach, who would often lead Monique Ella Rose and her cousins in a impromptu choir rehearsals to teach new songs that she learned, while working as the University of Michigan's gospel choir president while attending college. The cousins later became a gospel group called, DGC (standing for Dorsey Grandchildren).

It was also her stepfather who gave Monique Ella Rose her first solo "Safe In His Arms" at the age of 8. He was a Motown musician, who gave her thee first taste of music studios. " Nearly everyday, I would go to the studio with my step father while he and his colleagues would make great music".

After years of honing her talent in churches, plays, and local concerts, Monique Ella Rose entered high school at Detroit's Cass Technical High School majoring in Performing Arts. There, she was apart of the concert choir and harp program. Her love began to grow for music when she would practice with her friends, Damien and Nigeria. They would sing songs by groups like Witness and more. Monique Ella Rose began to write music and record it using a tape recorder. Artists like Tracy Chapman, Nina Simone, Oleta Adams, and Ella Fitzgerald became great influences.

While singing on the praise team and being mentored by her then choir director, Steven Ford, at Straight Gate Church in Detroit, Monique Ella Rose decided to take music more seriously. He gave her the opportunity to sing background in the studio and concert for world renown gospel singer, Vicki Winans and many others.

While living in Saginaw, MI, Monique Ella Rose finally decided to launch her solo career in 2014 and released her first single, "Move On". Her second single, "Hustle & Grind" was released later that year on her label, Soul Blend.

"Music is an outlet that allows me to express myself in full form. I want my music. to inspire, awaken, and encourage listeners, " shares Monique Ella Rose. Her impeccable raw talent has earned her a spot on stage opening for artists like Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michelle, Marsha Ambrosius, Dwele' and more. One of her most proud moments was opening for the late Dr. Maya Angelou.

When Monique Ella Rose sings, you are taken on a passionate ride that leaves you feeling good and wanting more. " Rather being placed in any genre, I consider my music to be life music. That may come out sounding like funk one moment, classic R&B the next or even gospel. I write and sing what I feel," says Monique Ella Rose.

She is currently working on her first cd that is soon to be released in early 2016.

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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. http://www.rjspangler.com

http://eastlawnrecords.com/releases.htm

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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 
 DOMINICK SHELTON
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 MILE HIGH....https://www.facebook.com/mile.high.. ..

CIERA WILLIAMS 

SOPHIA JANELL..http://www.reverbnation.com/sophiaj. ..

It all goes down

SATURDAY NOV. 2 at the MUSIC HALL JAZZ CAFE'350 MADISON (DOWNTOWN ACROSS FROM FORD FIELD& 36 DISTRICT COURT)

ADV. TIX/ 12.00 DOOR/ 15.00

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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

MIDWEEK BLUES GOT YOU DOWN? THEN PICK YOURSELF UP AND JOIN US AT THE JAZZ CAFE FOR THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF "D" OF D-NOTE & COMPANY WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2013 @ 7PM. ADMISSION IS ONLY $15 PER PERSON AT THE DOOR AND INCLUDES LIVE BAND (D-NOTE & COMPANY), COMEDY, POETRY, OPEN MIC, AND MUCH MORE. THERE WILL ALSO BE DRINK SPECIALS AND FOOD.

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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.
 
 FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED SOON!!!
 
 OPEN MIC
 POETRY
 MUSIC
 DRINK SPECIALS
 FULL FOOD MENU
 VENDORS
 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.
 
 ANOTHER DOPE ILLPLAYBILL SHOW??? Don't hear about it...BE THERE!!!

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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.
 To purchase tickets: www.decembersky.ticketleap.com/november9

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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 vocals.so 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.

Mini Bio-

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.

A more detailed bio can be found here-  http://mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com/33186/bio.html

Tickets:
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

Or www.ticketmaster.com

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"!!

R&B LIVE DETROIT W GRAND SLAMM RECORDS

presents . .

an intimate evening of Live Soul with GRAND SLAMM RECORDING ARTIST

DION PRICE

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KATRINA CARSN\ON. . . www.katrinacarson.com

NATE CALLOWAY..... http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdw7I3c0wh8Sgl4PCr5_vDw?feature=watch

KRISTIAN DELAYNE ..http://www.reverbnation.com/kristiandelayne

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+++A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION HONORING++++++

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        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. http://www.davesharp.com

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