July 7, 2017
Songs in the Key of Soul

Live Listening Party for Alise King's upcoming project "In The Key of Soul". There will be special guest, raffles, prizes and vendors!

Events for April 2017
1 April
Latin Jazz All Stars

(Detroit, MI)  Jazz Café welcomes back, M.F. Production's Latin Jazz All Stars for two hot and spicy nights –one show per night, Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7pm. M.F. Production's Latin Jazz All Stars are a phenomenal ensemble that features the current masters of Afro Cuban, Salsa, Brazilian, and Latin Jazz. This year's version includes Jazz Cafe veterans, Jorge Castro-Tenor sax and on timbales and percussion, Chembo Corniel are joined by pianist, Elio Villafranca, Nestor Torres on Flute, Bassist Ricardo Rodriguez and Diego Lopez on drums. The Latin Jazz All Stars are a phenomenal ensemble that features the current masters of Afro Cuban, Salsa, Brazilian, and Latin Jazz.Combined, these talented musicians have played with an enormous range of greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Candido, Art Blakey, Grover Washington, Max Roach, Paquito D'Rivera, Paul Simon and Dionne Warwick just to name a few. Grammy Award nominated, Conga-playing Chembo Corniel divides his performance time between his two musical loves: Latin jazz and "old-fashioned salsa that swings."  Tickets: $30 Advance - Available at The Music Hall Box Office or Ticketmaster. Jazz Café350 MadisonDetroit, MI 48226(313) 887-8501www.musichall.orgwww.jazzcafedetroit.com

2 April
Latin Jazz All Stars

(Detroit, MI)  Jazz Café welcomes back, M.F. Production's Latin Jazz All Stars for two hot and spicy nights –one show per night, Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7pm. M.F. Production's Latin Jazz All Stars are a phenomenal ensemble that features the current masters of Afro Cuban, Salsa, Brazilian, and Latin Jazz. This year's version includes Jazz Cafe veterans, Jorge Castro-Tenor sax and on timbales and percussion, Chembo Corniel are joined by pianist, Elio Villafranca, Nestor Torres on Flute, Bassist Ricardo Rodriguez and Diego Lopez on drums. The Latin Jazz All Stars are a phenomenal ensemble that features the current masters of Afro Cuban, Salsa, Brazilian, and Latin Jazz.Combined, these talented musicians have played with an enormous range of greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Candido, Art Blakey, Grover Washington, Max Roach, Paquito D'Rivera, Paul Simon and Dionne Warwick just to name a few. Grammy Award nominated, Conga-playing Chembo Corniel divides his performance time between his two musical loves: Latin jazz and "old-fashioned salsa that swings."  Tickets: $30 Advance - Available at The Music Hall Box Office or Ticketmaster. Jazz Café350 MadisonDetroit, MI 48226(313) 887-8501www.musichall.orgwww.jazzcafedetroit.com

13 April
Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils

Rock and Roll Band that loves Classic Country , Gospel and Blues

14 April
Raul Midon

“...a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.”

— The New York Times

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to The New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category."

19 April
Benefit For Mariner's Inn

Mariners Inn & Joel Fluent Greene Proudly Presents:

 

ABOVE WATER: THE WORDS OF THE RESILIENT.

An Evening Of Poetry, Live Art & Music. Celebrating Those Who Create While Living With Depression. 

 

Wednesday/April 19th/2017

Jazz Cafe @ Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

7pm-9pm

 

NO COVER.

 

Hosted by Joel Fluent Greene, this is the first of 4 Cornerstone events highlighting the amazing people who overcome obstacles and help make the world a better place through the arts. The goal is to celebrate mental wellness with some of the best poetry around!

 

Featuring A Very Special Performance by:

The Gentleman Poets Of Mariners Inn

 

And Guest Performances By:

Lhea J. Love

Whitney Syphax Walker

Scheherazade Parrish

Marcel Fable Price

Deonte Osayande 

&

Clarity Levine 

 

With Live Art By:

Joe Harmon

 

And Music Supplied By:

DJ Equad

21 April
Paula Boggs Band

Starbucks vet Boggs and the 6-piece Paula Boggs Band traverse jazz, world, rock and Americana.  They released debut album "A Buddha State of Mind" in 2010 and album "Carnival of Miracles," produced by Grammy-winning Trina Shoemaker in March 2015.  Their sound is "Seattle-Brewed Soulgrass"and the band has performed 50+ shows nationally since releasing "Carnival of Miracles." The band's next projects include releasing an "unplugged" EP of consciousness songs, "Live at Empty Sea, Songs of Protest & Hope," in January 2017 and it's 3rd studio album later in the year.

23 April
Music Hall Jam

MUSIC HALL JAM

MUSIC HALL JAM

Music Hall Jazz Jam Session

The jam session is integral in the history of jazz and jazz-education. For over a hundred years this has been the training ground for young musicians to share ideas. The jam session brings out the competitive nature in us but also serves as the social backdrop. Musicians understand that a key part of their development in jazz is to understand the jam session codes of conduct. If a jazz musician can survive the night, playing different tunes in strange keys, difficult tempos, interacting sometimes with virtual strangers, they belong to an elite club that speaks a language that only jazz musicians understand. This experience is impossible to replicate in the structure of a classroom; there are too many variables. It only works in a club, in front of an audience, in a respected jazz venue that serves as a musical beacon.

In an ideal setting, both experienced musicians and young musicians mingle socially and musically. Detroit offers the combination of a thriving professional scene and many colleges and high schools. It is critical in a young jazz musicians' training to receive a "bandstand education". This is what we hope to provide by combining a professional rhythm section with young jamming jazz musicians and vocalists from the Detroit Public Schools, Wayne State University, and even places beyond. Young musicians will not only be able to receive quality bandstand instruction, but also network with each other and share ideas.

People give Charlie Parker credit for creating bebop, but all of the insiders know that even though he had the initial seed, it was a group project, refined at jam sessions like Minton's Playhouse in Harlem. At Minton's, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke and others all experimented to create the music that jazz musicians revere. What many of the insiders don't know is, that these beboppers received instruction at Minton's by the generation of great swing musicians before them at this jam session; Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, Lester Young, and Coleman Hawkins, as they did from the generation before them.

At the Music Hall Jazz Cafe, we want develop and encourage the 21st century young jazz musicians to make their mark and keep jazz in the present instead of the past, while being tutored and guided musician/educators from the generation before them. If this person is a high school vocalist from our Vocal Jazz Academy or a jazz studies student from Wayne State, we will bring everyone together in this great sharing of ideas to be viewed in real time, in front whoever wishes to see musical history take place.

Scott Gwinnell

Director of Vocal Jazz Education

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

 

EVENT:

Music Hall Jazz Jam Session

Hosted by Scott Gwinnell Trio

Ongoing Sundays 6-9pm

Free, no opening set

30 April
Music Hall Jam

Music Hall Jazz Jam Session

Hosted by Scott Gwinnell Trio

Ongoing Sundays 6-9pm

Free, no opening set

Events for April 2017