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Cliff Bell’s May Performance Schedule

The MOTH Story Slam

Thurs., May 1 at 7:30 p.m. 
$5 cover 
Doors open at 4 p.m.
Presented by WDET, this month’s MOTH will showcase the storytelling topic of Blood, Sweat and Tears. Seating is first-come, first-serve and reservations are not accepted for MOTH events.

Gerard Gibbs and ORGANized Crime

Fri., May 2 at 9 p.m. 
$10 cover
Gerard Gibbs on organ 
Perry Hughes on guitar 
Gene Dunlap on drums
Gibbs, a Detroit native, grew up with his love of Jazz when introduced by his father at the age of three. Gibbs is quickly rising in the international jazz scene with his blend of contemporary jazz and the time-honoring sounds of his mentors, Richard Holmes and Jimmy Smith.

The Kris Johnson Group

Sat., May 3 at 9:30 p.m. 
$10 cover
Kris Johnson on trumpet and flugelhorn 
Marcus Elliot on tenor sax 
Jon Dixon and Mike Jellick on keyboard and piano 
Darell Campbell on electric bass 
Nate Winn on drums 
Lauren Johnson and Christina Manceor on percussion and drums
The Kris Johnson Group is a Detroit-based jazz band that specializes in original compositions that combines jazz and classical elements.

Southeastern Music Academy Jam Session

Sun., May 4 at 6 p.m. 
No cover
Hosted by Artistic Director Sean Dobbins, The Southeastern Musical Academy is dedicated to inspiring and helping students of all levels achieve their musical goals. To learn more about The Southeastern Musical Academy and their programs visit

The Karl E.H. Seigfried Trio

Fri., May 9 at 9 p.m. & Sat., May 10 at 9:30 p.m. 
$10 cover each night
The trio, featuring Chris Green on saxophone and Clif Wallace on drums, is led by the critically-acclaimed bassist, Karl E.H. Seigfried. Seigfried has recorded and performed in nearly every music genre from jazz and classical, to country and rock. For more information on Karl E.H. Seigfried visit

Harmonica Shah and Howard Glazer

Sun., May 11 at 6 p.m. 
No cover
Performing with only a harp, a guitar, and a couple of amps, their music is bare-boned blues. With their experience as solo and group performers this duo brings a raw and unique sound to the Detroit Blues.

The Dirty Bourbon River Show

Fri., May 16 at 9 p.m. & Sat., May 17 at 9:30 p.m. 
$10 cover each night
The New Orleans band draws from a colorful diversity of musical styles, beginning with American roots music and branching out to folk, rock, blues, jazz, latin, gypsy, circus, and traditional New Orleans style. With the release of their seventh album in 2013 and a quickly growing tour the Dirty Bourbon River Show is taking the jazz scene by storm. For more information on the Dirty Bourbon River Show visit

Rachel Mazer

Sun., May 18 at 6 p.m. 
No cover
Rachel Mazer, vocalist, is a senior at the University of Michigan studying for a dual degree in Jazz Studies and American Culture. Born and raised in California, Rachel plans to return to the music scene in California after her graduation from Michigan. The group features Andrew Hintzen on piano, Betsy Soukup on bass, and Julian Bridges on drums. To learn more about Rachel Mazer and her music visit

The Nina Ott Trio

Fri., May 23 at 9 p.m. 
$10 cover
Featuring Nina Otto on piano, Rob Avsharian on drums, and Chris Lopes on bass, this trio focuses on the passion that music carries and the experiences of life. With the belief that no song will ever sound the same as the day before, each performance is a new show with the Nina Ott Trio. For more information visit

The Thom Douvan Quintet – CD Release

Sat., May 24 at 9:30 p.m. 
$10 cover
Featuring Thom Douvan on guitar, Duncan W. McMillan on Hammond B-3 organ, George Davidson on drums, Dwight Adams on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Louis Johnson on soprano, alto, tenor and saxophone, the quintet’s most recent CD, “Brother, Brother”, displays the classic jazz sound with a subtle hint of a funk vibe. Special guest, vocalist Diane Hubka, will be sitting in with the quintet and performing songs from her CD, “West Coast Strings”.

Laura Rain and the Caesars

Sun., May 25 at 8 p.m. 
$10 cover
Laura Rain and the Caesars are veterans of the Motor City R& B, jazz, rock, and blues scene allowing them to create a soulful sound unmistakably genuine to Detroit. Playing in clubs from Detroit to Los Angeles, Laura Rain is spreading the sound of the Motor City. For more information on Laura Rain and the Caesars visit .

Ben Sharkey

Thurs., May 29 at 9 p.m. 
$15 cover
With more than five million views on his YouTube videos, Ben Sharkey has been compared to individuals including Michael Bublé. Known for his romantic stylings, paired with classic jazz and swing format, Ben has created original compositions that are heartfelt and catching. With his elegant and powerful renditions of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Bobby Darrin, Sharkey adds new life to classic favorites. For more information on Ben Sharkey visit

The Vincent Chandler Septet – CD Release

Fri., May 30 at 9 p.m. 
$10 cover
With a jazz career spanning over 2 decades, Vincent Chandler releases his new CD, “Embraceable”.

Additional Weekly Entertainment Information

Please note Cliff Bell’s will be closed on Sat., May 31 for a private event.
Join us every Tuesday at 8 p.m. for the Marcus Elliot Trio. Marcus Elliot is heavily influenced by Detroit jazz veterans and offers a very clean cut sound along with trio mates Ben Rolston on bass and Julian Allen on drums. No cover.
In his weekly Wednesday night residency, Glenn Tucker is joined by veteran Detroit masters, innovative local composers, and a rotating cast of young talent performing original music to form the Glenn Tucker Organ Trio. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. No cover.
Cliff Bell’s early dinner Saturday performance begins at 6 p.m. No cover charge for the early performance.
Sunday brunch performances are provided by pianist and vocalist Jarrod Champion every Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. No cover for Sunday brunch.
For a complete list of upcoming events at Cliff Bell’s, please visit

Monday, May 5, 2014

6:00 PM

Mojave Cantina, located in the heart of downtown Clawson,

celebrates the tastes and spirit of the great Southwest – including Mexico, South America and the American Southwest.

– We do not think it will show up, or print , as well as the ones we had –


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

  • Plymouth Elks Club

    41700 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth, MI (map)

  • 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.

    On Tuesday, April29th, the famous Johnny Trudell Quartet returns with

    Johnny on Trumpet and Flugelhorn,

    Ray Tini on Bass,

    Bill Cairo on Drums,

    Chuck Shermatero on Keyboard.







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Friday, April 25, 2014

8:00 PM

  • La Fogata Grill

    790 North High Street, Columbus, OH (map)

  • Salsa dancing and lesson with JC Entertainment At La Fogata Grill in the newly remodeled upper ballroom

    790 N High St in the Short North. 43215

    $10 cover includes the lesson from 8:00pm – 10:00pm and then open dancing from 10:00pm to 2:00am

    No partner required.

    18 and over

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,

– either that – or bring the guillotines out –

Matt on Not-WordPress, mostly photos

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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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