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Huerto Restaurant and Tequila Bar  8:00pm -11:30 p.m. 
Toty Viola guitar/vocals with Greg (Greco) Freeman on Percussion,

6199 Orchard Lake Road, north of W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield 


Latin Jazz, Salsa, dancing, great food and margaritas! 
Sunday, Jazz at the Rec’ Bowl, No cover, 4-7 p.m. (except as noted), 
40 Crocker Blvd, Mt. Clemens, 48043.
4-27 – Earlier on Sunday – Attic Dwellers from Noon-4 p.m.
4-27 – Dave Bennett Rockabilly
5-4   – The Attic Dwellers
5-11 – Mother’s Day (no jazz)
5-18 – Earlier on Sunday – Attic Dwellers from Noon-4 p.m.
5-18 – Tip Hayes and Mixed Company
5-25 – Memorial Day (no jazz)
Sunday (every), 
vocalist Sheila Landis and Rick Matle
Beans and Cornbread, Noon, 2
9508 Northwestern Highway, Southfield,
Sunday (every), 
jazz guitarist/vocalist Toty Viola and percussionist/vocalist Greco Freeman
LaDolce Vita, 
17546 Woodward Ave.,
Detroit, MI 48203
noon-3 p.m. for their Jazz Brunch. 
Later that evening, 6:30 pm – 9:30pm, Toty Viola Guitar/vocals at La Dolce Vita,
Sunday (every), 
Ingrid Racine Quartet at the Gandy Dancer,
10 a.m. brunch,
401 Depot Street
Ann Arbor.
Call to make sure she’s playing that day!
The 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra - now in their 25th season –
7 till 9:45 PM
Zal Gaz Grotto,
2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline) west side of Ann Arbor.
Each week features a special student jazz band. 
first Wednesday every 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 (former Opus One chef).
6:30-9:30  -$5 cover, food and drink specials. ,
2651 W. Jefferson Avenue,
Trenton, MI 48183,
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
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.
Good selection of food and drinks at affordable prices, nice room with lots of tables. Sit-ins welcome!
 (1st and 3rd) Thursday each month, 
Gary Greenfelder Orchestra (GGO)
Swing Night at Club 54 with vocalist Jennifer Jones and special guests on vocals.
Van Dyke Road just north of 16 Mile Road on the east side of the street
(in the Sterling Plaza)!
7-10 p.m.
$5 cover


Zehnder’s 20th Annual Ragtime Festival featuring pianist
Bob Milne,
Kerry Price,
Bob Seeley,
Jeff Barnhard,
Dave Majchazak,
Dan Petrella
Bill Wescot.
For complete schedule, please visit
Zehnder’s number for direct reservations is 800-863-7999.
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.
4-26, Saturday, 2 p.m., 
The Roaring Twenties: From Riches to Rage, Lecture Series at Macomb Community College, 
“Jazz and Blues in Detroit in the 1920s with Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert (authors of Before Motown)Albert Lorenzo Cultural Center,
44575 Garfield,
Clinton Township. 
4-27, Sunday, 8 p.m., Michéle Ramo and Peter Soave. Michéle Ramo on 8 string guitar/violin/mandolin,


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– Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe – April – 2014 –


Each week the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe hosts live performances from the greatestjazz musicians across the country.   

The Valdez Collective
April 23 – 24, 2014
Wed. & Thurs.: No cover.
Seatings: 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Reservations highly recommended.  Skeeto Valdez:
 He’s been called a “Force of Nature!”,
Revisiting the age old idea to create a forum to jam with his many musical friends and dubbing it “The Collective” with a simple premise of having a ball, while playing great music.
All quite accomplished musicians. The lineups feature a who’s who of amazing, talented musicians/vocalist/tap dancers/circus performers, basically TALENT! 
 Playing great-fun-elec/acoustic jazz/Blues/Funk/Polkas/ anything and everything! With an ear towards stretching out from within, 

Robert Hurst Quintet
April 25 – 26, 2014
Seatings: 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Fri. & Sat.: $30 cover.
Encore Performance 10:30pm-11:30pm
Reservations highly recommended.
Robert Hurst has been one of the most in-demand bass players in jazz for the past quarter century and has done extensive stints in the bands of Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, Branford Marsalis, Charles Lloyd, Chris Botti, and Diana Krall.Hurst is an Associate Professor of Music at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, Dept. of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation, Ann Arbor, MI.
Performing with Rob Hurst is Nate Winn- drums, Ian Finklestein- piano, Rafael Statin- Sax, PePe Espinosa- percussion.


04/23-04/24    The Valdez Collective (Drummer)

04/25-04/26    Robert Hurst Quintet (Bassist) $30.00  cover.

04/30-05/01    Ian Finkelstein (Pianist)

05/02-05/03    Benny Golson  (Saxophonist) $40.00  cover.

05/07-05/10    Marcus Belgrave (Trumpeter)

05/14-05/17    Johnny Oneal  (Pianist) Weds. & Thurs. $10 cover. Fri. & Sat. $20 cover.

05/21-05/24    Rayse Biggs (Trumpeter)

05/30-05/31    Freedy Cole  (Singer and pianist) $40.00 cover charge.

06/04-06/07    Jazzfest All-Star Week

06/11-06/14    Ralphe Armstrong (Bassest)



Charles Boles Quartet

Ron English on Guitar, Ronelle Gonzalves on Drums, John Dana on Bass and Charles Boles on Piano.

Performing through dinner hours (5:00pm – 9:00pm)

Reservations recommended. No cover charge.

An internationally known music director, conductor and accompanist, Boles has extensive experience working with many great artists, including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, B. B. King, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mel Torme, Etta James and more. Charles Boles is a Detroit Music Factory (DMF) recording artist. DMF is a subsidiary of Mack Avenue Records.

Featuring the 3 for $30 menu



New and expanded menus featuring some new, and sure to become favorite entréesExtended Lunch Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11:30am – 5:00pm, no lunch on SaturdaysThe Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe is closed Sundays and Mondays

Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
97 Kercheval
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan




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Lindy Hop Class Curriculum: Then and Now


A frequently debated topic among instructors for their local weekly beginner series is the best way to go about it. You’ve probably heard some of these phrases mentioned,


Six count moves?

Eight count moves Without triple steps?

Four or six week series?

Heavy technique or make it fun?


… an interesting comparison would be to take a curriculum from an existing scene and compare it to one that existed in the early 2000′s. 

… curriculum from GottaSwing in 2001

next to New School Swing‘s curriculum which offers lessons these days.


GottaSwing Curriculum (2001)


Description:  An unusually thorough and entertaining Beginners course. You’ll learn over 20 moves, turns, spins and dips in just 6 weeks, plus expert technique tips. Throughout, we’ll strongly emphasize good (momentum-based) leading and following technique, because that’s the key to becoming a superb dance partner. After our Swing I course, you’ll know more Swing moves — AND you’ll have better dance technique — than after any other Swing I course on the East Coast.


  • Prerequisite: Ability to count to 6.
  • No partner or experience needed.
  • We often have several Swing I classes running concurrently. If so, you are welcome to attend any or all of them for no extra charge (e.g., to make up a missed class, or for extra practice time).
  • 6 weeks – 1.5 hours each week – 9 hours total. (Occasionally shorter or longer, depending on calendar constraints.)


Swing I – Summary List. …


  • Good (momentum-based) Leading & Following Technique
  • Basic step – Single, Double, Triple
    • Closed Position
    • Open Position
  • “Simple” change of places (low hands)
  • Arch Turn
  • Lady’s Inside Turns (aka ‘Loop’ Turns) (left side; right side)
  • Sweetheart (2-hand version of Lady’s Inside Turn) (left side; right side) — also known as Cuddle or Wrap or Basket
  • Lady’s Outside Turns (left side; right side)
  • Parallels (2-hand version of Lady’s Outside Turn) (left side; right side)
  • Man’s Outside Turns (left side; right side)
    • High-hand version
    • Break through the hands — 2 versions
    • Fred Astaire-inspired version
  • Man’s Inside Turns (left side; right side)
  • Man’s Sweetheart (just for fun)
  • Various Alternating-Person and Mix-and-match Turns Series
    • Almost every conceivable combination
  • She-Go/He-Go (5 different versions)
  • Double Arm Slide (aka Dishrag or Drape) (3 different exits)
  • Simple Dip [if we have time]
  • As far as we know, no other 6-week (or even 10-week) Swing I class comes even remotely close to teaching you this much!



New School Swing Curriculum (2014)


…  curriculum  -  two different 4-week series that classes go for an hour each in 6-count move and 8-count moves and both are required to move up to the next level of classes.

Included with beginner classes is something known as Lindy Dojo


Description 8 – Count:


…. In these four sessions, we’ll focus on basic 8-count Lindy Hop moves for the brand-new dancers, but we’ll concentrate on good technique and connection so there is always something for more experienced swing dancers, too.

… You must know all the material in the 6-Count and 8-Count Lindy Hop Basics and Fundamentals Classes before moving to advanced beginner classes.


Description 6 – Count:


… we’ll focus on basic 6-count Lindy Hop moves for the brand-new dancers, but we’ll concentrate on good technique and connection so there is always something for more experienced swing dancers, too.


6 – Count Curriculum:


  • Pulse
  • Open and Closed Frame (Position)
  • Weight Shifts and Triple Steps
  • 6 – Count Basic and Rotating Basic
  • Tuck Turn
  • 6 – Count Circle from Closed
  • 6 – Count Circle from Open
  • Send Out
  • Return to Closed
  • Right Side Pass


8 – Count Curriculum:


  • Pulse
  • Open and Closed Frame (Position)
  • Weight Shifts and Triple Steps
  • Side by Side 8 – Count Basic
  • Follow in Front
  • Leader in Front
  • 8 – Count Circle from Closed
  • 8 – Count Circle from Open
  • Swingout from Closed
  • Swingout from Open
  • Side by Side Charleston Basic




Funky Move NamesReading the older curriculum a thing that stood out to me at first was the unusual names of some moves. After some thought I realized though it’s just because probably some of these names or even the moves themselves may have faded out of the common vernacular. 

…some of those moves have become unpopular such as “The Drape” … or “The Pretzel” from their Swing II curriculum.


Time CommitmentNew School Swing asks for 4 one hour classes, whereas GottaSwing asks for 6 hour and a half classes. A total of 4 hours expected for New School Swing and 9 hours expected for GottaSwing it is obvious they have slightly more than twice the time to cover material. However, there is an optional 45 extra minutes each week a beginner student can commit to on top of their courses at New School Swing due to Lindy Dojo, bringing the potential time spent by beginner students to 7 hours.


I would say the advantage GottaSwing had was due to the large time commitment teachers could cover a fairly comprehensive body of material. However the disadvantage from a marketing standpoint is that produces a larger barrier of entry. New School Swing’s approach shines in that area because there is an optional component for making more motivated students have a clear avenue to spend extra time to improve.


Conclusion: Making a guess, I would assume GottaSwing’s curriculum catered toward dancers coming off the tail end of the 90′s neoswing craze who after watching Malcom X or the Gap Add thought of swing dancing as a series of flashy moves.






… An … element of some homogenization.

GottaSwing in Boston was (to my knowledge) a branch of the original GottaSwing out in Washington D.C.

New School Swing utilizes the common method of teaching swingouts by starting students doing an 8 count pattern in side by side and continues to work towards the lindy circle, then finally the swingout.





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– YA Salsa –

February 23 · 5:30 PM 

American Legion Post 346

The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party.

Hosted once per month by YA Salsa, attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.

The next YA Salsa Social is   February 23rd,  2014 !

The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party.

Hosted once per month by YA Salsa, attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.


$10 at the door gets you:

Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.!

Endless Beverages & Snacks!

A huge wooden dance floor!

The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ’s

( Issac,  Cisco,  MarcB  …)

Two floors of dancing – Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,

Latin Mix downstairs by DJ Caliente !

Cash Bar!


Sunday, February 23, 2014,   from 5:30 – 10 p.m.


All Ages welcome

Kids under 16, free!


23 Ellen Rowe Quintet – Jazz

26 Skins and Strings – Jazz

28 The Electric Flute Project – Out of the Box


2 George Benson and The Speakeasy Quartet – Jazz

6 The Juanito Pascual Trio – World

8 Itamar Zorman and Pauline Martin – Classical

13 Dmitry Baevsky Quartet with Randy Napoleon – Jazz

14 The Michigan Shakespeare Festival Presents: Eve of Ides – Spoken

16 The Matt Wilson Quartet – Jazz

23 All About the Trio – Jazz

27 Alex Belhaj’s Crescent City Quartet: CD Release of Sugar Blues – Jazz

28 Jazz Master Series honoring Johnny Trudell with the Dobbins-Krahnke-Weed Trio – Jazz

29 Solomia Soroka & Arthur Greene – Classical

Ron Carter


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  • Sunday, January 19, 2014

    5:45 PM to 8:00 PM

  • First Baptist Church of Birmingham B’Jazz Vespers Series

    300 Willits – corner of Bates, Birmingham, MI (map)
    (( Ask for Lynn – MtUp // or Mr.G ))
  • “Krupa”The Pete Siers Trio features the music of the “Gene Krupa Trio”
    Dave Bennett, clarinet
    Tad Weed, piano
    Pete on drums
    Refreshments will be served after the concert and during this time it’s possible to meet the artists.
    B’Jazz Vespers is held in the English Gothic sanctuary of First Baptist Church at the corner of Willits and Bates Streets, across from The Willits, at 300 Willits Street, one block north of Maple and one block west of Old Woodward Avenue.
    Free parking is available in the adjacent lot. B’Jazz Vespers features 100 minutes of secular jazz performance and 20 minutes for a non-sectarian worship interlude between two jazz sets.
    A free-will offering is taken for the musicians.

    No admission charge. Casual attire.
    Contact: Leslie Jaquez,  or  Robert Washburn,
    We certainly hope you’ll join us.

  • Everyone is welcome.—————————–


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