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From: Dave L.
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EVENTS AT CLIFF BELLS!!

Saturday, July 12

6pm

The Taylor Pierson Trio

Join us for dinner music every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with this homegrown piano trio.

Saturday, July 12

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

The African Jazz Trio

The African Jazz trio features Loba Akou, a guitarist from Cote D’Ivoire, at a young age he studied classical guitar and later on jazz music. He explores African guitar and music. He grew up listening to African music . While in Africa he was busy making research in the music there, fascinated by the cora, balafons and all these beautiful instruments. Africa has such a rich heritage, so diverse and profound. He explores African poly rhythms and different traditions and styles. He has performed in Africa and in the USA, plays acoustic solo guitar or with his band in an electric and acoustic setting.
Along with bassist Serge Akou and percussive accompaniment they explore African musical instruments such as the doussoungoni(African harp) and the mbira,looking for new grounds, new sounds that remind us of the Blues or jazzy idioms.
 

Sunday, July 13

12pm Free Admittance

Marcus Elloit

Featuring Marcus on solo saxophone; street style, you dig

Sunday, July 13

7pm $10.00 Cover

The Metro-Jazz Workshop

GwinnWkshpGwinnell-inline The feature performance is at Cliff Bells Jazz Club in downtown Detroit. Everyone is invited to attend and have a good time. It’s a great celebration to mark the end of an educational, fun week of learning jazz.
The MDJW, created in 2008, is a week-long day workshop in July designed to teach jazz to anyone interested, no matter the age, background, experience, or instrument. Through classes in jazz theory, composition, improvisation to master-classes from guest-clinicians, students receive a well-rounded, fun, education in jazz. Besides the classroom learning, students play and rehearse in combos, designed to teach teamwork. As performers and educators, the faculty and myself strongly believe in the need to pass along the tradition of jazz, while at the same time, encourage creativity and free expression, helping students move forward to a point where they can achieve the goals that they set for themselves. Whether these goals are modest or they want to push themselves to the highest level of instrumental or vocal mastery in jazz (or somewhere in between), the faculty and students pursue and explore possibilities, and enjoying themselves in the process.

Monday, July 14

Closed


Tuesday, July 15

8pm $10.00 Cover

The Soul Rebels (New Orleans)

Olivier_110525_0867smallFeaturing:
Lumar LeBlanc, drummer & co-founder
Derrick Moss,drummer & co-founder)
Julian Gosin, trumpet
Marcus Hubbard, trumpet
Corey Peyton, trombone
Paul Robertson, trombone
Erion Williams, tenor sax
Edward Lee Jr. Sousaphone
“The missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong.”
- Village Voice
“Brace yourselves folks, these men are quickly solidifying themselves amongst NOLA’s proud big brass elite… and seem intent to sublimate the homogeneous tones of the contemporary urban music landscape with the lush instrumentation of our culture’s root.”
- Okayplayer
 
New Orleans based brass band The Soul Rebels premieres the Power = Powermixtape today with Noisey. The free download features studio, live versions and remixes of original material as well as covers of modern day hits by such superstars as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars. The group started with the idea to play the music they loved on the radio in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition that they grew up on. They were drawn to influences from outside the city as well as R&B, funk and hip-hop but remain steeped in the fundamentals of New Orleans jazz.

Wednesday, July 16

8pm $10.00 Cover

The Soul Rebels (New Orleans)

Olivier_110525_0867smallFeaturing:
Lumar LeBlanc, drummer & co-founder
Derrick Moss,drummer & co-founder)
Julian Gosin, trumpet
Marcus Hubbard, trumpet
Corey Peyton, trombone
Paul Robertson, trombone
Erion Williams, tenor sax
Edward Lee Jr. Sousaphone
“The missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong.”
- Village Voice
“Brace yourselves folks, these men are quickly solidifying themselves amongst NOLA’s proud big brass elite… and seem intent to sublimate the homogeneous tones of the contemporary urban music landscape with the lush instrumentation of our culture’s root.”
- Okayplayer
 
New Orleans based brass band The Soul Rebels premieres the Power = Powermixtape today with Noisey. The free download features studio, live versions and remixes of original material as well as covers of modern day hits by such superstars as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars. The group started with the idea to play the music they loved on the radio in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition that they grew up on. They were drawn to influences from outside the city as well as R&B, funk and hip-hop but remain steeped in the fundamentals of New Orleans jazz.

Thursday, July 17

8pm Free Admittance

Jarrod Champion

JCBJarrod Champion is a singer, songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, Michigan. Jarrod is the son of Denise and Barry Champion who were both trained pianists. Taking a note from his parents, Jarrod picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and, after writing and performing for a few years, would eventually turn to the piano himself at the age of 18. Since that time Jarrod has continued to write, perform and record.

During his performances you will hear a wide variety of music transformed into the “piano-man” style.  While Jarrod does touch on some standards you will hear anything from Louis Armstrong to David Bowie, making for a eclectic and unique setting.

Friday, July 18

9pm $10.00 Cover

The Delisfort Project (NY)

WillermPianist, and Composer Willerm Delisfort is a messenger of life using music as his tool. His career extends the continuum of musical styles that ranges from Jazz, Gospel, R&B and many more. Because of this, Willerm’s versatility has created a high demand for him with prominent jazz, rap, soul, and fusion artists including 2009 Best World Guitarist Fareed Haque, Grammy Award winning artist T-Pain, Lauryn Hill , Kirk Whalum, Louis Bellson , Lew Soloff, Calvin Newborne, Corey Wilkes, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, David Sanchez, Jennifer Holiday, George Freeman, Red Holloway, Javon Jackson, Melton Mustafa Sr, Peter Erskine, Public Announcement, Freddie Jackson, and more.
He has performed over 20 festivals all around the Globe, branching from the west coast of the United States, all the way to Europe, touring Spain, and the United Kingdom. Even in the lights of main stage theater, you can always expect Willerm in the orchestra pit, either conducting or playing the lead piano book. Headlining shows such as Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin, Crowns, Aida, The Best of Broadway, and Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope. Willerm has been featured on over 7 albums on piano, along with several commercial recordings broadcast all over the world.
Born in Little Haiti Miami Florida to Haitian Parents Pierre Franklin and Antonette Delisfort, his father exposed him to different music from a very early age. Teaching him the rich history of his heritage, while his mom taught him the importance of being able to dance and feel the embracement of the music, Willerm’s curiosity grew towards a life in the arts, unknowingly embarking on a journey which would lead him to where he is today. By the age of 11 studying under the tutelage of South Florida legend John McMinn, he had already performed for people such as former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, former president of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide, showing Willerm a bright future ahead of him. With the appreciation of self expression thru music, at the early age 15, Willerm began to explore the realm of composition. By the time of his high school junior year, he had composed over 10 Compositions, arranged over 30 songs for ensembles of all sizes and levels. This would grab the attention of legendary Trumpeter Melton Mustafa, where for the next 5 years he cultivated Willerm’s writing. Looking for a tool to play his music, Willerm founded the group “The Delisfort Project”. Which later began to perform all over country including a European Tour with the Ladies of Jazz.
 

Saturday, July 19

6pm

The Taylor Pierson Trio

Join us for dinner music every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with this homegrown piano trio.

Saturday, July 19

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

The Delisfort Project (NY)

WillermPianist, and Composer Willerm Delisfort is a messenger of life using music as his tool. His career extends the continuum of musical styles that ranges from Jazz, Gospel, R&B and many more. Because of this, Willerm’s versatility has created a high demand for him with prominent jazz, rap, soul, and fusion artists including 2009 Best World Guitarist Fareed Haque, Grammy Award winning artist T-Pain, Lauryn Hill , Kirk Whalum, Louis Bellson , Lew Soloff, Calvin Newborne, Corey Wilkes, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, David Sanchez, Jennifer Holiday, George Freeman, Red Holloway, Javon Jackson, Melton Mustafa Sr, Peter Erskine, Public Announcement, Freddie Jackson, and more.
He has performed over 20 festivals all around the Globe, branching from the west coast of the United States, all the way to Europe, touring Spain, and the United Kingdom. Even in the lights of main stage theater, you can always expect Willerm in the orchestra pit, either conducting or playing the lead piano book. Headlining shows such as Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin, Crowns, Aida, The Best of Broadway, and Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope. Willerm has been featured on over 7 albums on piano, along with several commercial recordings broadcast all over the world.
Born in Little Haiti Miami Florida to Haitian Parents Pierre Franklin and Antonette Delisfort, his father exposed him to different music from a very early age. Teaching him the rich history of his heritage, while his mom taught him the importance of being able to dance and feel the embracement of the music, Willerm’s curiosity grew towards a life in the arts, unknowingly embarking on a journey which would lead him to where he is today. By the age of 11 studying under the tutelage of South Florida legend John McMinn, he had already performed for people such as former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, former president of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide, showing Willerm a bright future ahead of him. With the appreciation of self expression thru music, at the early age 15, Willerm began to explore the realm of composition. By the time of his high school junior year, he had composed over 10 Compositions, arranged over 30 songs for ensembles of all sizes and levels. This would grab the attention of legendary Trumpeter Melton Mustafa, where for the next 5 years he cultivated Willerm’s writing. Looking for a tool to play his music, Willerm founded the group “The Delisfort Project”. Which later began to perform all over country including a European Tour with the Ladies of Jazz.
 

Sunday, July 20

12pm Free Admittance

Jarrod Champion

JCBJarrod Champion is a singer, songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, Michigan. Jarrod is the son of Denise and Barry Champion who were both trained pianists. Taking a note from his parents, Jarrod picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and, after writing and performing for a few years, would eventually turn to the piano himself at the age of 18. Since that time Jarrod has continued to write, perform and record.
During Brunch you will hear a wide variety of music transformed into the “piano-man” style.  While Jarrod does touch on some standards you will hear anything from Louis Armstrong to David Bowie, making for a eclectic and unique setting.

Sunday, July 20

7pm $10.00 Cover

The Metro-Jazz Workshop

GwinnWkshpGwinnell-inlineThe feature performance is at Cliff Bells Jazz Club in downtown Detroit. Everyone is invited to attend and have a good time. It’s a great celebration to mark the end of an educational, fun week of learning jazz.
The MDJW, created in 2008, is a week-long day workshop in July desgined to teach jazz to anyone interested, no matter the age, background, experience, or instrument. Through classes in jazz theory, composition, improvisation to master-classes from guest-clinicians, students receive a well-rounded, fun, education in jazz. Besides the classroom learning, students play and rehearse in combos, designed to teach teamwork. As performers and educators, the faculty and myself strongly believe in the need to pass along the tradition of jazz, while at the same time, encourage creativity and free expression, helping students move forward to a point where they can achieve the goals that they set for themselves. Whether these goals are modest or they want to push themselves to the highest level of instrumental or vocal mastery in jazz (or somewhere in between), the faculty and students pursue and explore possibilities, and enjoying themselves in the process.
 

Monday, July 21

Closed


Tuesday, July 22

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

meqFeaturing:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
“Big” Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis “at the Palace”, piano
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 23

6:30pm Free Admittance

Joey DeFrancesco and the DJF All Stars

Detroit_Jazz_Festival_Logo Presented by the Detroit Jazz Festival
Joey DeFrancesco comes from a musical family. His Grandfather Joseph DeFrancesco (his name sake) was a reed man. And of course his father “Papa” John DeFrancesco is a fine jazz organist in his own right. At the age of 4 Joey began taking a strong interest in the organ. By the time he was five, he was playing Jimmy Smith songs verbatim. As the years went on his interest and love for the organ and music grew stronger. From the ages of 5-10 his father would bring him to his own gigs and let him sit in. At 10 years of age he began to play in a Band in Philadelphia, which featured legendary players Hank Mobley on Tenor Saxophone, and “Philly” Joe Jones on the Drums. At 16 he signed an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records, releasing his first record “All Of Me” at 17. This record was single handedly responsible for the great resurgence of the Hammond sound in popular music. Also in his 17th year he was called on by the great Miles Davis to join his band, and toured all over Europe. It was at that time that Joey, inspired by Miles’s sound, picked up the trumpet & started playing. To this day, Joey continues to play the trumpet, very similar to the style of Miles. At 18, Joey began touring with his own quartet. At 22, John McLaughlin called him along with drummer Dennis Chambers, to form the group the “Free Spirits”. This band toured extensively for 4 years. Joey has been around the world and back dozens of times with his own trio, but also playing and recording with some of the greatest musicians in the world such as, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Frank Wess, Benny Golson, James Moody, Steve Gadd, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, George Benson, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, and many more. He has won the Down Beat Critics and Readers poll ever year since 2002, as well as Jazz Journalist award, and countless others. In 2004 Joey was nominated for a Grammy for his record “Falling In Love Again”, and again in 2010 for his release titled “Never Can Say Goodbye”. Currently, Joey continues to tour with his own group, and tours with David Sanborn. Joey has played a key role in the development of his signature model organ, called Numa, by Studiologic.
 

Thursday, July 24

8pm $10.00 Cover

The Zach Bartholomew Trio (Florida)

 
ZBTpCover begins at 7pm
Show begins at 8pm
Featuring:
Zach Bartholomew – piano
Brandon Robertson – bass
Miles Bozeman – drums

“I caught ZBT live a few months back, and knew immediately I was privy to something ‘new’. I can’t always put my finger on it – which, might be a good description for something new. Not to say you wont hear snatches of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett or Brad Mehldau; but all three members of the group (particularly Bartholomew) have somehow allowed themselves to get right to themselves; and one knows at once upon listening that the experience is original and indeed, fresh.” – Palm Coast Jazz
ZBT is a young, fresh piano trio devoted to the advancement of jazz through unique original compositions and fresh takes on jazz standards. The band shows respect to the tradition of jazz while pursuing it’s own unique modern sound. Their plan is to advance the art of the piano trio and to inspire the music world and beyond with their take on jazz.
The trio has been performing together since 2009 when each member studied music at the Florida State University College of Music Jazz Studies program. Their sound is inspired by a lineage of heralded jazz trios they’ve studied, but is authentic and matchless due to the colors and textures each member contributes to one embodied sound.
Zach Bartholomew has a bold, distinctive approach to the piano. He uses intricate rhythms and melodic lines for developing ideas within improvising. In addition to the intellectual complexities of Zach’s approach, there is a deep-rooted sense history in his sound. Miles Bozeman fits brilliantly into a trio setting. He flickers between complex rhythmic support and complimenting the melodic line with an unmatched style. Brandon Robertson’s bass lines act as the smooth backbone of the trio − providing the group with an intense groove peppered with melodic sound.

Friday, July 25

9pm $10.00 Cover

RJ Spangler’s Kansas City Six

kc6RJ Spangler’s Kansas City Six celebrates the Great Blues Shouters of the American Southwest, such as Big Turner, Jimmy Rushing , Cleanhead Vinson & Wynonnie Harris.
The band is made up of Dan Devins on vocals, Alicia Marie on guitar, Gwen MacPhee on string bass, James O’Donnell on Trumpet, Ella Campbell on tenor sax, and band leader, producer and drummer RJ Spangler on drums. Swing meets the blues in Kansas City! The entire country was in the throngs of the Depression, but KC still knew how hard with great bands led by Count Basie, Benny Moten & Harlen Leonard. & featuring great blues shouters. A great era in American music, celebrated by top Detroit musicians, some veteran & some up & coming.

Saturday, July 26

6pm

The Taylor Pierson Trio

Join us for dinner music every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with this homegrown piano trio.

Saturday, July 26

9:30pm $10.00 Cover

The Michael Malis Quartet

mm“[Malis is] a prime cut Detroit Jazz piano player.”
-Charles Latimer, MetroTimes
Featuring:
Michael Malis — piano
Jaribu Shahid — bass
Djallo Djakate — drums
Tim Haldeman — saxophone
Michael Malis Quartet — Explorations in Modern Music
Featuring a crop of new, original compositions by Malis, the Michael Malis Quartet seeks to explore new sounds in modern improvised music while staying true to their roots as jazz musicians. This performance will showcase a lineup of musicians who have performed with an impressive roster of national, regional, and local jazz stalwarts. Members of this band have performed with the likes of Marcus Belgrave, Ken Filiano, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Geri Allen, Matt Ulery, Wendell Harrison, and others.

Sunday, July 27

12pm Free Admittance

Marcus Elliot

Featuring Marcus on solo saxophone; street style, you dig
 

Sunday, July 27

7pm $7.00 Cover

Super Crunch

Super CrunchCliff Bell’s is taking a day off from our jazz music programming to bring you Evan Perri’s (Hot Club of Detroit) new endeavor Super Crunch, a tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead.
Featuring:
Evan Perri – guitar
Brian Sheehan – guitar, vocals
Francis Jaramillo – keyboards, vocals
Yorg Kerasiotis – keyboards, vocals
James DeCarlo – bass
Clint Carpenter – drums
 

Monday, July 28

7pm $5.00 Cover

Funktion Presents- Filthy Mind Fusion

Hosted by Phreddy Wischuesen with DJ Alex B. Skeetin on Wax
With live music by The Family
Featuring:
Alex White, drums
Jon Dixon, keys
De’Sean Jones, Sax
Damon Warmack, bass
+Pop Up Restaurants, guest artists and MORE!

Tuesday, July 29

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

meqFeaturing:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
“Big” Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis “at the Palace”, piano
 
 
 

Thursday, July 31

7pm Free Admittance

The Ian Finkelstein Trio

fink Featuring:
Ian Finkelstein, piano
Ben Rolston, bass
Alex White, drums
 
 
 
 

Friday, August 1

9pm $10.00 cover

The David Gadd Quintet

Featuring:
David Gadd – Hammond Organ / Piano
Paul Parente – Trumpet
“JT” Tockstein – Tenor Sax
Mark Broadwell – Bass, flute, vocals
Bill Hulet – Drums
Gadd Quintet
The David Gadd Quintet came to fruition in the Spring of 2007. Dave’s love of post bop jazz through the 60′s and 70′s heavily influenced his original compositions and his desire to transcribe obscure arrangements from recordings of that era. In addition to that, don’t be surprised if you hear a jazzed up arrangements of Randy Bachman, Billy Paul, or Marvin Gaye. As one youtube subscriber put it: “This makes me want to delve into the world of Jazz a little deeper”. The group is well rounded with an abundance of musical diversity. Bassist / Vocalist Mark Broadwell contributes to the groups arrangements with an always fresh approach whether it be an original composition or a jazzed up pop tune. Trumpeter Paul Parente delivers excitement, clarity and creativity in his soloing abilities. Paul also performs as lead trumpet for the Southfield Jazz Orchestra. Resident drummer Bill Hulet is no stranger to the scene having played every notable venue locally and then some. Bill has a great sense of whats going on around him at all times and provides the kind of support the rest of the musicians appreciate. On Tenor Saxophone, newcomer ‘JT” (Jonathan) Tockstein currently enrolled at Wayne State University is “digging in” and carrying on the tradition.

Saturday, August 2

6pm

The Taylor Pierson Trio

Join us for dinner music every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with this homegrown piano trio.

Saturday, August 2

9:30pm $10.00 cover

the Anthony Viviano Trio


Featuring:
Anthony Viviano, piano
Josef Deas, bass
Jesse Kramer, drums
For the past 28 years Anthony Viviano has been composing and performing as a full time musician in the United States and Europe. For the past 5 years Royal Caribbean/Celebrity Cruise lines has employed him as leader of jazz quartets aboard their new “Solstice” class ships.
Let’s welcome this incredibly talented pianist back to shore as he brings in his new trio for three sets of fresh original music mixed in with some great standard arrangements.

Sunday, August 3

12pm Free Admittance

Marcus Elliot

Featuring Marcus on solo saxophone; street style, you dig
 
 

Sunday, August 3

7pm Free Admittance

the DeCamp Sisters

decamp-1024x1024Wsg/ Todd Albright
“Atmospheric with rich poetic imagery that dips deep into the collective memory.”
-Oz Fritz
Libby & Riley DeCamp of Romeo, Michigan, have been painting skeletons, picking fiddlehead ferns, pulling manes, chasing sunflowers, and most importantly, strumming banjos, guitars, mandolins, and other string-ed things since the late 1800s. Their voices poured into prominence in 2013, with tales of Seattle slums, aspiring sailors, eyes full of shiners, and gullible rats
 
 

Monday, August 4

Closed


Tuesday, August 5

8pm Free Admittance

the Marcus Elloit Quartet

meqFeaturing:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
“Big” Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis “at the Palace”, piano
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 6

8pm Free Admittance

The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio

GTOT“A quadruple threat as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger, Glenn Tucker packs an extensive knowledge and conventional wisdom of the jazz tradition with a warm and remarkable personal touch and flare.” -Andrew Bishop
Detroit-based, Ann Arbor-bred musician Glenn Tucker occupies a unique place in the organ jazz world in that he is trained both as a jazz pianist and a classical pipe organist. Glenn brings a broad musical vision to his efforts to expand the possibilities of the Hammond organ and the organ trio format. His mentors include Geri Allen, Claude Black, and Tad Weed. Glenn seeks both to celebrate and contribute to Detroit’s rich musical tapestry. In this weekly residency, he is joined by veteran Detroit masters, (1st Wednesdays) innovative local composers, (2nd Wednesdays) and a rotating cast of young talent performing original music (other weeks).

Thursday, August 7

7pm $5.00 Cover

WDET Presents The MOTH StorySlam

As many of you know, The Moth StorySlam has been a huge success here in Detroit. Because so many attendees have been showing up, we can no longer offer reservations for MOTH performances. DOORS OPEN AT 4pm!! We will be offering seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. The sign-in sheet for story tellers is at the merchandise booth located near the front door of the club. You can sign up starting at 6 p.m.
“The Moth is dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling. We celebrate the ability of stories to honor the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. We do so by helping our storytellers to shape their stories and to share them with the community at large. One goal of The Moth is to present the finest storytellers among established and emerging writers, performers and artists; another is to encourage storytelling among populations whose stories often go unheard.” -the moth.org

Friday, August 8

9pm $10.00 cover

the Berry Harris Piano Competition

Detroit_Jazz_Festival_LogoPresented by the Detroit Jazz Festival
For the past few years the Detroit Jazz Festival has been hosting a talent competition featuring musicians from all over the U.S. to compete for a cash prize as well as a featured performance at the Festival. This year the focus is on pianists. The expectations are increadibly high and the proces to get to the point where they are in the finals is intense. Come see these talented performers duke it out in the “hang” setting of Cliff Bell’s.
 
 

Saturday, August 9

Closed for a Private Event


Sunday, August 10

12pm Free Admittance

Jarrod Champion

JCBJarrod Champion is a singer, songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, Michigan.  Jarrod is the son of Denise and Barry Champion who were both trained pianists. Taking a note from his parents, Jarrod picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and, after writing and performing for a few years, would eventually turn to the piano himself at the age of 18. Since that time Jarrod has continued to write, perform and record.
During brunch you will hear a wide variety of music transformed into the “piano-man” style.  While Jarrod does touch on some standards you will hear anything from Louis Armstrong to David Bowie, making for a eclectic and unique setting.
 

Sunday, August 10

6pm $12.00

BobbyRay’s Blues and Burlesque Show

HollyHockBobbyray’s Dirty Blues & Burlesque shows derived out of the 19th Century, term “burlesque” as it was applied to a wide range of comic plays, including non-musicals. Detroit has rich history in burlesque due to the Black Bottom-Paradise Valley area on the citys east side, which was known for its significant contribution to music and dance from the 1930s to the 1950s. Famous for Blues, Big Band, and Jazz. We are home to Burlesque Hall of Famers.  Beginning in the 1840s, Burlesque and Blues entertained the lower and middle classes in Great Britain and the United States by making fun of (or “burlesquing”) the operas, plays and social habits of the upper classes. These shows used comedy and music to challenge the established way of looking at things.
Harmonica Shah is an American, Detroit and electric blues harmonicist and singer. His playing was influenced by Junior Wells, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Lazy Lester, and Little Sonny.He has toured across the United States, as well as in Europe, Russia, Japan and Australia. Bobbyray’s Blues & Burlesque Show takes it’s audience back to the era of classy, dapper times while introducing the most breathtaking acts of today’s experience of an old fashion show set in the most attractive, sultry, talented burlesque performances for all over the United States. Whether you love the period glamour and sparkling wit of the 1940s or the sultry sounds of New Orleans blues, you won’t want to miss the Blues and Burlesque show featured in Detroit.

Monday, August 11

Closed


Tuesday, August 12

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elloit Quartet

meqFeaturing:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
“Big”Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis”at the Palace”, piano
 

Wednesday, August 13

8pm Free Admittance

The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio

GTOT“A quadruple threat as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger, Glenn Tucker packs an extensive knowledge and conventional wisdom of the jazz tradition with a warm and remarkable personal touch and flare.” -Andrew Bishop
Detroit-based, Ann Arbor-bred musician Glenn Tucker occupies a unique place in the organ jazz world in that he is trained both as a jazz pianist and a classical pipe organist. Glenn brings a broad musical vision to his efforts to expand the possibilities of the Hammond organ and the organ trio format. His mentors include Geri Allen, Claude Black, and Tad Weed. Glenn seeks both to celebrate and contribute to Detroit’s rich musical tapestry. In this weekly residency, he is joined by veteran Detroit masters, (1st Wednesdays) innovative local composers, (2nd Wednesdays) and a rotating cast of young talent performing original music (other weeks).

Thursday, August 14

8pm $10.00

the J.J. Wright Trio (Notre Dame)

jjjCover begins at 7pm
Show begins at 8pm
J.J. Wright’s style cannot be easily categorized. Trained as a jazz improviser at the New School for Jazz in NYC, he’s also passionate about sacred music. Palestrina and Bach vie with Monk and Cannonball Adderley as just a few of his harmonic and melodic inspirations. While with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Wright performed for the President—as well as several other high-profile diplomatic gigs—and with the Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro Bop Alliance, recording and performing with vibraphonist Dave Samuels, which was nominated for a GRAMMY and won a Latin GRAMMY. He recently recorded his debut album of original compositions and covers from Jon Brion, Sufjan Stevens, and Phil Collins. He is joined by Nate Wood on drums and Ike Sturm on bass and will release the album in conjunction with a U.S. tour in August 2014.
J.J. is Director of Music at Sacred Heart Parish, the crypt church underneath the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and is the editor and creator of Sacred Music at Notre Dame’s online journal: Music and the Sacred.

Friday, August 15

9pm $10 cover

Rafael Statin Quintet

RSpic“…he barreled through his solo like a (football) fullback”-Charles L. Latimer
Detroit native Rafael Statin began playing jazz at age 11, and hasn’t looked back since. Statin has performed with the Detroit Symphony Jazz Orchestra, among many others. Statin’s sound is influenced by the likes of James Carter and Kenny Garrett.
Featuring:
Rafael Statin, saxophones
Damon Warmack, bass
Alex White drums
Jon Dixon, keys
Mike Jellick, piano
 
 

Saturday, August 16

9:30pm $10.00 cover

Rafael Statin Quintet

RSpic“…he barreled through his solo like a (foot ball) fullback”
-Charles L. Latimer
Featuring:
Rafael Statin, saxophones
Damon Warmack, bass
Alex White drums
Jon Dixon, keys
Glenn Tucker, piano
 
 

Sunday, August 17

8pm $10.00 cover

Rouge! Electro-Swing Night (NY/ CHI)

Awesome Vourteque“Chicago’s popular night of electroswing returns to Detroit for another night of electro-swing music and classic burlesque”
Vourteque – One of America’s top electroswing DJs and producers, has toured throughout playing Los Angeles, New York and Tampa Florida. His Swing Mechanical EP sells robustly and his single Hot Sinner has appeared on compilations. He’s also a regular performer/DJ at Detroit’s own Theatre Bizarre.
Mr. Automatic – Founder of Dead2Me Records, he’s known for his passion of classic jazz and disco. He’s a resident at Chicago’s Untitled bar and has an impressive background in both music and film. He’s also from the Detroit area originally.
Lady Lenux – An up and coming star of the burlesque and stage performance scene, she’s performed throughout the Midwest and also acts as the talent curator and manager for Rouge! Her inviting and charismatic stage presence has won her numerous fans

Monday, August 18

Closed


Tuesday, August 19

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

meqFeaturing:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
“Big” Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis “at the Palace”, piano
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 20

8pm Free Admittance

The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio

GTOT“A quadruple threat as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger, Glenn Tucker packs an extensive knowledge and conventional wisdom of the jazz tradition with a warm and remarkable personal touch and flare.” -Andrew Bishop
Detroit-based, Ann Arbor-bred musician Glenn Tucker occupies a unique place in the organ jazz world in that he is trained both as a jazz pianist and a classical pipe organist. Glenn brings a broad musical vision to his efforts to expand the possibilities of the Hammond organ and the organ trio format. His mentors include Geri Allen, Claude Black, and Tad Weed. Glenn seeks both to celebrate and contribute to Detroit’s rich musical tapestry. In this weekly residency, he is joined by veteran Detroit masters, (1st Wednesdays) innovative local composers, (2nd Wednesdays) and a rotating cast of young talent performing original music (other weeks).

Thursday, August 21

8pm $10.00 cover

Sam Fazio (Chicago)

SF2Cover begins at 7pm
Show begins at 8pm
“Sam Fazio’s crooning way with standards makes him something of a throwback, but he regularly achieves the highest standard of any gifted singer by making even the old sound new again.” -Time Out Chicago
Vocalist Sam Fazio is currently performing weekly in the Coq d’Or at the Drake Hotel, where he has been for more than four years. Sam has performed at many of the prestigious Chicago clubs including Andy’s Jazz Club, Jazz Showcase, Katerina’s, Maxim’s, Pete Miller’s and Space. In Summer 2012, Sam performed a sold out show at the legendary Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency in New York City. And now he is coming to Cliff’s!

Friday, August 22

9pm $10 Cover

The Bill Heid Piano Trio (Pittsburgh)

bhpFeaturing:
Bill Heid, piano
Pat Prouty, bass
Jeff Shoup, drums
Born in Pittsburgh, keyboard/vocalist Bill Heid has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and the Far East, including a three year stay in Japan. From 1965 through the mid-70′s, he worked the Hammond B-3 organ “chitlin clubs” with his own groups and with jazz greats such as Sonny Stitt, David “Fathead” Newman, Grachan Monchur, Mickey Roker, Joe Dukes, Roger Humphries, Rodney Whitaker, Robert Hurst, Grant Green, Jimmy Ponder, Bruce Foreman, and Henry Johnson, appearing on two Johnson albums for MCA/Impulse. From 1975 to 1984, based in Chicago, Bill toured with blues greats Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker, Son Seals, and Fenton Robinson, playing on two albums with Robinson, two with KoKo Taylor, and another with Roy Buchanan for Alligator Records. From 1963 through 1996, Heid pursued another “career” of sorts. He hitchhiked in the 48 continental states, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, and to the Thailand/Cambodia border, earning a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records. Accurately documenting exactly 400,000 miles, he told of some of his adventures on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1985.
 

Saturday, August 23

9:30pm $10 Cover

The Bill Heid Organ Trio (Pittsburgh)

bhoFeaturing:
Bill Heid, Hammond B3 organ
Russ Miller, horns
Jeff Shoup, drums

Born in Pittsburgh, keyboard/vocalist Bill Heid has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and the Far East, including a three year stay in Japan. From 1965 through the mid-70′s, he worked the Hammond B-3 organ “chitlin clubs” with his own groups and with jazz greats such as Sonny Stitt, David “Fathead” Newman, Grachan Monchur, Mickey Roker, Joe Dukes, Roger Humphries, Rodney Whitaker, Robert Hurst, Grant Green, Jimmy Ponder, Bruce Foreman, and Henry Johnson, appearing on two Johnson albums for MCA/Impulse. From 1975 to 1984, based in Chicago, Bill toured with blues greats Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker, Son Seals, and Fenton Robinson, playing on two albums with Robinson, two with KoKo Taylor, and another with Roy Buchanan for Alligator Records. From 1963 through 1996, Heid pursued another “career” of sorts. He hitchhiked in the 48 continental states, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, and to the Thailand/Cambodia border, earning a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records. Accurately documenting exactly 400,000 miles, he told of some of his adventures on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1985.

Sunday, August 24

Closed for a Private Event


Monday, August 25

Closed


Tuesday, August 26

8pm Free Admittance

The Marcus Elliot Quartet

meqFeaturing:
Marcus Elliot, saxophone
“Big” Ben Rolston, bass
Steven Boegehold, drums
Michael Malis “at the Palace”, piano
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 27

8pm No Cover

The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio

GTOT“A quadruple threat as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger, Glenn Tucker packs an extensive knowledge and conventional wisdom of the jazz tradition with a warm and remarkable personal touch and flare.” -Andrew Bishop
Detroit-based, Ann Arbor-bred musician Glenn Tucker occupies a unique place in the organ jazz world in that he is trained both as a jazz pianist and a classical pipe organist. Glenn brings a broad musical vision to his efforts to expand the possibilities of the Hammond organ and the organ trio format. His mentors include Geri Allen, Claude Black, and Tad Weed. Glenn seeks both to celebrate and contribute to Detroit’s rich musical tapestry. In this weekly residency, he is joined by veteran Detroit masters, (1st Wednesdays) innovative local composers, (2nd Wednesdays) and a rotating cast of young talent performing original music (other weeks).

Thursday, August 28

8pm $10.00 cover

Gustavo Cortinas’ Snapshot (Chicago)

gustavCover begins at 7 p.m.
Show begins at 8 p.m.
“Really slick. First class stuff. Great tunes. All the solos are easy smooth and not show off shit. Everybody is one for the music on this record. There is a tremendous amount of dedication and surrender to the music here as the band moves as one collective through the orchestral nature of this music… a very colorful and emotional musical trip… There is no one player that is better than another, they all together make the great musician who plays this music…”- Johnny Vidacovich on “Snapshot”.
 
 
 

Friday, August 29

10pm $10.00 cover

the Diego Rivera Quartet

DiegoJFFor the past several years on Labor Day weekend, Cliff Bell’s has offered up a “Artist in Residence” at the club the perform all  weekend long. We have done this to showcase one of our favorite locally based artist for all the visitors in the city attending the Detroit Jazz Festival and, of course, our local patrons. You never know who could show up after the festival get’s out but from time-to-time we get some of the musicians showing up to sit in, you dig.
Diego Rivera has been called, “A vital, new voice on the saxophone.” In 1999, Rivera toured nationally with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for their Big Band ’99 U.S. tour. Since, his performances have taken him throughout North America, Russia and Japan. Rivera has been teaching Jazz Studies at Michigan State University since 2002. In 2010, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation at Michigan State University. His Commitment to the education of young jazz musicians resulted in his appointment as Associate Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Ensembles. In 2005 Rivera was commissioned by the Center for Great Lakes Culture to compose and premiere an original jazz suite in honor of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. In 2006, he released his first album Hercules on his own label, Rivera Records. An avid composer and arranger, Rivera has written arrangements for a number of events and concerts, most notably for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Motor City Jazz” concert, a tribute to the music and musicians of Detroit. Rivera and MSU Jazz Orchestra I under the direction of Rodney Whitaker premiered Rivera’s arrangement of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” suite in 2006 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. Rivera’s arrangements can also be heard on two of The Carl Allen-Rodney Whitaker Project’s critically acclaimed Mack Avenue Records recordings entitled, Get Ready (2007) and Work To Do (2008). In the fall of 2013 he will release his second album The Contender on the D-Clef Records label. Diego is an endorser for Thomas Woodwinds Mouthpieces. In addition to his own ensemble, Rivera has toured with Juno-Award winning Canadian Vocalist, Sophie Milman, The Rodney Whitaker Quartet and the MSU Professors of Jazz. Rivera has also performed with Christian McBride, Jon Hendricks, Clark Terry, Ellis Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Cobb, The Michael Dease Big Band, The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and The Gerald Wilson Big Band.
 

Saturday, August 30

10pm $10.00 cover

the Diego Rivera Quartet

DiegoJFFor the past several years on Labor Day weekend, Cliff Bell’s has offered up a “Artist in Residence” at the club the perform all  weekend long. We have done this to showcase one of our favorite locally based artist for all the visitors in the city attending the Detroit Jazz Festival and, of course, our local patrons. You never know who could show up after the festival get’s out but from time-to-time we get some of the musicians showing up to sit in, you dig.
Diego Rivera has been called, “A vital, new voice on the saxophone.” In 1999, Rivera toured nationally with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for their Big Band ’99 U.S. tour. Since, his performances have taken him throughout North America, Russia and Japan. Rivera has been teaching Jazz Studies at Michigan State University since 2002. In 2010, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation at Michigan State University. His Commitment to the education of young jazz musicians resulted in his appointment as Associate Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Ensembles. In 2005 Rivera was commissioned by the Center for Great Lakes Culture to compose and premiere an original jazz suite in honor of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. In 2006, he released his first album Hercules on his own label, Rivera Records. An avid composer and arranger, Rivera has written arrangements for a number of events and concerts, most notably for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Motor City Jazz” concert, a tribute to the music and musicians of Detroit. Rivera and MSU Jazz Orchestra I under the direction of Rodney Whitaker premiered Rivera’s arrangement of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” suite in 2006 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. Rivera’s arrangements can also be heard on two of The Carl Allen-Rodney Whitaker Project’s critically acclaimed Mack Avenue Records recordings entitled, Get Ready (2007) and Work To Do (2008). In the fall of 2013 he will release his second album The Contender on the D-Clef Records label. Diego is an endorser for Thomas Woodwinds Mouthpieces. In addition to his own ensemble, Rivera has toured with Juno-Award winning Canadian Vocalist, Sophie Milman, The Rodney Whitaker Quartet and the MSU Professors of Jazz. Rivera has also performed with Christian McBride, Jon Hendricks, Clark Terry, Ellis Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Cobb, The Michael Dease Big Band, The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and The Gerald Wilson Big Band.

Sunday, August 31

10pm $10.00 cover

the Diego Rivera Quartet

DiegoJFFor the past several years on Labor Day weekend, Cliff Bell’s has offered up a “Artist in Residence” at the club the perform all  weekend long. We have done this to showcase one of our favorite locally based artists for all the visitors in the city attending the Detroit Jazz Festival and, of course, our local patrons. You never know who could show up after the festival get’s out but from time-to-time we get some of the musicians showing up to sit in, you dig.
Diego Rivera has been called, “A vital, new voice on the saxophone.” In 1999, Rivera toured nationally with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for their Big Band ’99 U.S. tour. Since, his performances have taken him throughout North America, Russia and Japan. Rivera has been teaching Jazz Studies at Michigan State University since 2002. In 2010, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation at Michigan State University. His Commitment to the education of young jazz musicians resulted in his appointment as Associate Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Ensembles. In 2005 Rivera was commissioned by the Center for Great Lakes Culture to compose and premiere an original jazz suite in honor of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. In 2006, he released his first album Hercules on his own label, Rivera Records. An avid composer and arranger, Rivera has written arrangements for a number of events and concerts, most notably for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Motor City Jazz” concert, a tribute to the music and musicians of Detroit. Rivera and MSU Jazz Orchestra I under the direction of Rodney Whitaker premiered Rivera’s arrangement of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” suite in 2006 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. Rivera’s arrangements can also be heard on two of The Carl Allen-Rodney Whitaker Project’s critically acclaimed Mack Avenue Records recordings entitled, Get Ready (2007) and Work To Do (2008). In the fall of 2013 he will release his second album The Contender on the D-Clef Records label. Diego is an endorser for Thomas Woodwinds Mouthpieces. In addition to his own ensemble, Rivera has toured with Juno-Award winning Canadian Vocalist, Sophie Milman, The Rodney Whitaker Quartet and the MSU Professors of Jazz. Rivera has also performed with Christian McBride, Jon Hendricks, Clark Terry, Ellis Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Cobb, The Michael Dease Big Band, The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and The Gerald Wilson Big Band.

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