2-1, Saturday afternoon, The Greater Detroit Jazz Society Jazz at Shield's concert features the Johnny Trudell Quintet with Johnny on trumpet, Carl Cafagna on reeds, Bill Cairo on drums, Chuck Shermetaro on piano, and Ray Tini on bass. 1-4 p.m., $10 cover. Shield's of Southfield, 25101 Telegraph Road (at 10 mile), Southfield, 48033.
2-1, Saturday, BANJOS, BIKES & BREWS premiering the new Gaiety Three...Hugh Leal, guitar and banjo, Mike Karloff, piano..and ace banjoist/vocalist Jack Dalton. Playing "vintage songs and sing-a-long" at Windsor's new vintage/retro bicycle shop "City Cyclery" in Old Walkerville in a historic building at 553 Lincoln (just north of Wyandotte). Beers from Walkerville Brewery, a new Windsor micro brewery. Tickets are $10 (advance or at door) ....call[masked] for credit card orders to secure a seat, limited seating, doors open 7pm. music from 8-10 p.m.
2-5, Wednesday (first of each month), Ron Kischuk’s Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band at the Grand Hotel (TV's Grand Event) in Trenton. The Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band will feature Ron on trombone with an all-star band. TV’s Grand Event, food is reasonably priced and excellent (the hotel has the former Opus One chef). 6:30-9:30 p.m., reservations recommended. $5 cover, food and drink specials. , 2651 W. Jefferson Avenue, Trenton, MI 48183,[masked], [address removed]
2-6, first Thursday of every month. A new gig … come on out! Gabby Rosolino on flugelhorn and vocals, Jerry Neeley on keyboard/vocals, Tom Ploeger on sax, Dennis DeCello on drums, Ron Rosolino on bass and vocals at Sports Channel Bar, 7:30-10:30 p.m., 25419 Jefferson Avenue, north of 10 MIle Rd., next to Harbor Lanes, in St. Clair Shores. Phone[masked]-2333. Good selection of food and drinks at affordable prices, nice room with lots of tables. Sit-ins welcome!
2-6, 2-20, Thursday (1st and 3rd) Thursday each month, Gary Greenfelder Orchestra (GGO) Swing Night at Club 54 with vocalist Jennifer Jones and and special guests.
Located on Van Dyke Road just north of 16 Mile Road on the east side of the street (in the Sterling Plaza)! "We Strive to Keep Music Alive." 7-10 p.m. Call [masked]-0054. $5 cover, not much for a 19-piece band!
2-9, Sunday, The Greater Detroit Jazz Society presents the BEST MARDI GRAS PARTY IN DETROIT! Advance ticket purchase recommended. Join us for our 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Concert featuring the Cakewalkin' Jass Band with Nicole Heitger on vocals of Toledo, Ohio. Concorde Inn Forestré Banquet Center, 1919 Star Batt Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309. Located at M-59 and Crooks. Tickets $28 includes New Orleans dinner. A large floor for struttin' your stuff, costumes encouraged. Tickets are only available through the GDJS. Please see the attached flier for the details. Tickets are limited and always sell out in advance so don't delay!
2-9, Sunday, Attic Dwellers Jam Session at Paycheck's Lounge, 2932 Caniff in Hamtramck, 1-5 p.m. Open to all acoustic players and listeners.
2-9, Sunday, The Modern Cap Band, 3 p.m., Steinway Hall, Steinway Piano Gallery, 2700 E. West Maple Road, Commerce Twp., MI 48390 (corner of M5 and Maple Road), For more information, call[masked]-0358.
2-9, Sunday, The Speakeasy Quartet present their "1922 VALENTINE'S DANCE "at Windsor's Masonic Temple Ballroom "Windsor's best spring-loaded dance floor, since 1922." 986 Ouellette Ave. at Erie, 4 blocks south of tunnel exit. Ray Manzerolle, sax; Mike Karoub, cello; Mike Karloff, piano and Hugh Leal guitar perform many dance styles of vintage tunes...special guest vocalist Heather Karloff. Special Flapper hostesses and dance demonstrations by several of Windsor's leading dance studios....everyone welcome to dance or listen. Cash bar available. Free parking behind the Masonic Temple. Tickets: $15, call Mackenzie Hall at[masked] for advance credit card orders (on sale Jan. 8)....or $20 at the door. Doors open at 2 p.m., dancing from 2:20-4:30 p.m.
2-13, second Thursday,
Bob Ervin, Patrick MacCarroll, Brian Newsom and the gang perform with The Riverboat Ramblers as they play Dixieland jazz at the Blue Goose Inn at 28911 Jefferson in St. Clair Shores, 6-9 p.m., [masked]-0950.
2-13, Thursday, Oakland University Jazz Band with Steve Wilson in the Varner Hall stage, 6 p.m. Steve Wilson is one of modern improvised music's most cutting-edge saxophonists. Wilson's virtuosity and musicality are unparalleled, and the OU Jazz Band is pleased to welcome him to the Varner Hall stage. Pay what you wish.
2-14, Friday, Valentine's Day! The Motown Legends Gospel Choir under the direction of the Contours' Al Chisolm (musical director Kier Ward) performs at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Two shows – 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Free with museum entry. The performance will be a mix of gospel songs as well as love songs from the Original Vandellas, Mark Scott of the Miracles, Joan Belgrave, the Contours, and EJ Johnson of the Enchantments.
2-20, Third Thursday,
Anything Goes" with Kerry Price at the Dakota Inn,
7:00-9:30 p.m., great sing-along. Located on John R just north of McNichols (6 Mile) in Detroit. Good German food and drink, lighted and guarded parking lot, reservations recommended,[masked]-9722.
2-20, Third Thursday, the Riverboat Ramblers with Bob Ervin, Patrick MacCarroll and Brian Newsom, playing old standards from the 20s and 30s at The Commonwealth Club, 30088 Dequindre Road, Warren, MI[masked],[masked]-9560. www.commonwealthclubmi.com, 7-10 p.m
April 25-27, Save the date for the North American International Banjo Convention (www.naibc.org) at the Double Tree Hotel in Dearborn
3-1, Saturday, Attention: Dancers!!! All Night Entertainment presents the Battle of the Bands X at the Big3Swing Dance, Masonic Temple Crystal Ballroom in Detroit. Detroit's TnT Big Band vs. Toledo's Swingmania. These events are wonderful! The T.N.T. Big Band (formerly Dezie McCullers' Orchestra) has been performing throughout Metro Detroit since the 1950s. They have been featured on the Ed Love Show (101.9 FM), local TV, and events too numerous to mention. They're also the first big band to play in the oldest operating jazz club in America, "Bakers Keyboard Lounge." 15-piece Swingmania plays a wide variety of the class ic swing and big band music of Miller, Ellington, and Basie plus favorites such as Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Cole, Prima and Presley. They have a solid hold on the swing scene in Northwest Ohio. Dancers of all skill levels are welcome. Many come just to enjoy the sights and sounds. Dress is semi-formal or vintage attire. General admission begins at 7 p.m. with a dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. The bands will battle from 8:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There is a cash bar available throughout the evening. Recommended dress is semi-formal or vintage attire. Tickets are $25 per person in advance or at the door. Add $5 for the optional lesson. Tables of eight may be reserved in advance at no additional charge. Secured, lighted parking is available in The Masonic Temple's north parking lot.Call[masked] or sean@djan ddance.com for more details.
3-16, Sunday, Detroit Groove Society presents saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky and featuring the guitarist Randy Napoleon. The band also features Paul Keller on bass and drummer Sean Dobbins. at the home of Andrew Rothman, 6650 Torybrooke Circle, West Bloomfield, MI 48323. Admission is $40/pp, $15 for students, for two sets of music. Please contact andy at [address removed] or[masked] by March 9.
4-24 through 26, The Annual N.A.I.B.C. Banjo Convention at the Double Tree Hotel,
5801 Southfield Highway (at Ford Rd.) Dearborn, 48228. Chairman Brian Newsom, presented by Ban-Joes of Michigan, Windsor Banjos, Flint Banjo Club
and an all-volunteer committee. More information to come. visit www.NAIBC.org
May 27, Save the Date for Jazzalot at Temple Israel – featuring George Benson, Cliff Monear Trio and DSO Youth Orchestra. This annual event is a fundraiser for a great cause – cancer patients. 7 p.m. at Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. $30 tax deductible per ticket. For more information email: [address removed] or phone[masked]-6344.
September 12-14, 2014 – Save the date for the Grugelfest in Toledo, Ohio
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