2-13, 2-27, Thursday (2nd and 4th of each month), The Marge's Bar Band features Johnny Trudell on trumpet, Jim Wyse on clarinet, John Hammer on piano, Terry Kimura on trombone, Bill Bolle on bass and Bob Pinterich on drums, Marge's Bar and Grill. 15300 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230. [masked]-8895. 7 p.m., good food and classic jazz in the famous Grosse Pointe hockey bar.
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.
2-13, Thursday, Pre-Valentine's Day Jazz Concert with the Pete Siers Trio featuring Dave Bennett on clarinet, Tad Weed on piano and Pete Siers on drums. Playing selections from their new CD "Krupa." General admission $15, Steinway Society Members $10, Steinway Piano Gallery of Detroit, 2700 E. West Maple Rd., Commerce Twp, MI 48390,[masked], www.SteinwayPianoGalleryDetroit.com
2-14, Valentine's Dinner Dance with the Gary Greenfelder Orchestra featuring vocalist Jennifer Jones, 6 p.m.-midnight (dinner at 7 p.m.), St. Lawrence K of C Hall, 44425 Utica Road, Utica, MI, Sponsored by St. Michael Knights of Columbus. Advance tickets $25($30 at the door). Includes dinner, drinks (beer, pop, wine) and dancing!! BYOB is permitted if desired. Call:[masked] to purchase tickets.
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.
2-15, Saturday afternoon, The Greater Detroit Jazz Society Jazz at Shield's concert features the James Dapogny's Quartet with Jim on piano, Mike Karoub on cello, Rod McDonald on guitar, bassist Joe Fee and Heather Schwarz on vocals. 1-4 p.m., $10 cover. Shield's of Southfield, 25101 Telegraph Road (at 10 mile), Southfield, 48033. Please see attached flier.
2-15, Saturday, Planet D Nonet at the Commonwealth Club for their Valentine's Swing Dance, 30088 Dequindre, Warren, Doors open at 5:30 p.m., $20/ticket. Planet D's inaugural foray at this most British of venues. Dancing, dinner drinks and good times. All welcome. Dance to classics by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basis, Benny Moten, Johnny Mercer, etc. If purchasing tickets on-line (recommended) PLEASE ensure you have completed the "shipping" details! Thank you! Justin Jozwiak / alto sax & cl, Jim Holden / tenor sax & cl, Joshua James / bari & alto sax, cl, James O’Donnell / trumpet, flügelhorn & vocal, Ken Ferry / trumpet & flügelhorn, John "T-Bone" Paxton / trombone & vocal, Michael Zaporski / piano, Gwendolyn Mary MacPhee / string bass, RJ Spangler / drums & bandleader, Doors Open at 6:30 Dinner at 7:00 Entertainment at 8:00, www.commonwealthclubmi.com
The Detroit Jazz Festival presents:
Jazz Speaks For Life
The music of Jason Moran and The Bandwagon and vocals of Alberto Mizrahi and other soloists combine to bring to life Dave Brubeck’s musical exploration of civil rights, the “Gates of Justice” composition. Woven throughout this historic piece, are vocal performances of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and biblical scripture, against the backdrop of celebrating the 50thanniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. This unique evening will also feature Jason Moran and The Bandwagon performing their own music.
Date: Sunday, Feb 16, 2014
Location: The Fillmore Detroit
Time: 2:30p doors open- 3:30p concert begins
Ticket Costs: $25
VIP Package Price: $100
- Two mezzanine-level tickets
- Recognition on DJF website & social media
- Detroit Jazz Festival memento
- VIP priority check-in
- Exclusive post-show meet-and-greet reception
- Dessert & wine post-show
- Photo opportunity with featured artists*
2/25, Tuesday, Jazz @ The Elks
happens on the last Tuesday
of the month from 7 pm to 10 pm. There is a $10 donation at the door which includes hors d’oeuvres. This week, it's the Cliff Monear Trio with Vocalist Stephenie Monear
will be performing. Cliff on Keyboard, Jeff Pedraz on Bass, and Scott Kretzer on Drums
. For more information, please call[masked] or email [address removed] or www.plymouthelks1780.com
. The Lodge is located at 41700 Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth MI
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
2-27, Thursday, 8:30 p.m., The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra at Cliff Bell's celebrating his marriage to Delaine Miller,
$10 cover, 17-piece orchestra led by award-winning composer and pianist, Scott Gwinnell. 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit, 48226. www.cliffbells.com
2-27, Thursday (every 4th), Charlie Miller Quartet at the Sakana Sushi Lounge, 22914 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 48220,[masked]-2555. 8 p.m. Charlie is the son of saxophonist Russ Miller.
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
Radio: Don't forget while you're home to listen to WRCJ
– Classical radio by day, jazz by night. 90.9 WRCJ-FM
is Detroit's premier public radio source for classical and jazz music. Visit www.wrcj909fm.org for programming.