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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.
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Gerard Gibbs and ORGANized Crime

Fri., May 2 at 9 p.m. 
$10 cover
Featuring: 
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.
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The Kris Johnson Group

Sat., May 3 at 9:30 p.m. 
$10 cover
Featuring: 
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.
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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 http://southeasternmusicacademy.org.
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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 http://seigfried.org.
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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.
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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 http://dirtybourbonrivershow.com.
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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 https://soundcloud.com/rachel-mazer.
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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 http://www.ninaott.com.
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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”.
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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 http://www.laurarain.net.live .
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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 visithttp://www.bensharkey.com.
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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 visithttp://www.cliffbells.com/calendar/.
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