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jazz cafeAl McKenzie Quartet w/ Denise Thimes
May 2, 2013
After describing her brilliant voice as a perfect mix of “Ella, Sassy, Lady Day, Nancy, Dianne,
and Carmen, to name a few” it came only naturally that legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry
would, at New York’s historic Flushing Town Hall, select Denise Thimes as that night’s guest
vocalist. Even sharing the stage with such jazz greats as Dr. Billy Taylor, Earl May, Benny
Powell, Jimmy Heath and Tootie Heath couldn’t hinder the rising star, who dazzled the audience
once more, bringing them to their feet for yet another series of standing ovations.
Throughout 2006, Thimes astounded audiences all over the world with some of the most
prominent names in jazz including Clark Terry, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany and several
other NEA Jazzmasters. This Flushing Hall high note in November came as the perfect finale to
what was clearly an admirable year for Denise, and yet, she was just getting started. For Thimes,
2006 served as but a glimpse of what was to come.
This truly inspirational and unique artist is often asked by fellow noteworthy musicians “why
haven’t we heard of you?” Not to worry. With a voice that noticeably (as Terry puts it) “ranks
with one of the greats,” it won’t be long. It’s clear that Denise Thimes is unquestionably one of
the fastest rising stars in modern jazz. So much, in fact, that when Queen Elizabeth II made her
highly publicized visit to the United States in May of 2007, she hand?selected Denise as the
entertainment for her private dinner gala with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura
Bush among many other esteemed guests.
An accomplished performer, Denise Thimes has always been destined for stardom. While many
artists “dabble” in theater, Denise Thimes is an undisputed class act. She has toured both
America and Europe with several critically acclaimed productions and is an 8?time recipient of
the St. Louis Black Repertory Woodie Award for both musicals and drama.Whether headlining at
the historic “Blue Note Jazz Club” in New York, conquering the national jazz festival scene, or
sharing the stage with the legendary Tony Bennett, Denise Thimes has an unmistakable tendency
to steal the show and astonish crowds of every size and background.
Valerie Granger Denise Thimes
A graduate of Spelman College and an honorary member of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
Inc., Denise Thimes lists her biggest influences as Marlena Shaw, Carmen McCrae, and her
parents, the late Mildred Thimes and St. Louis radio personality Lou “Fatha” Thimes. When she
is not wowing audiences with her talent, style and poise, she resides in St. Louis with her son and
In a career that spans over two decades, Denise has truly been one of the most cherished voices
of modern jazz. With a number of distinguished gigs across the country and overseas already
lined up, the rising first lady of jazz is unquestionably on the brink of certain stardom. As jazz
aficionado Phoebe Jacobs stated following another famed New York show, “Denise Thimes is
like Ella and Sarah born all over again.” It’s time for you to experience Denise Thimes.
jazz cafeCode Blue
May 3, 2013
CODE BLUE REUNION BAND
Tom “TomCat” Mayer, Drums
Johnny “Ace” Adams, Bass
Little Brother Arthur David, Guitar/Vocals
Keith Scott, Guitar/Vocals
The “Legendary” Kenny Welk, Harmonica/Vocals
Along with our very special guest, Code Blue’s own
Joanne Newman, Vocals (acoustic set)
main stageAmerican A-Cappella Alliance in SPRING SING
May 4, 2013 | 9:00am - 1:00pm
Presented by the Grunyons
jazz cafeAlternative Hipster Blow Up
May 4, 2013
Tracy Kash Thomas
Coyote Monk Band
main stageAngelina Ballerina- The Musical"
May 5, 2013 | 4:00pm
Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy. Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and of course, ballet, and they are excited to show off their skills to their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for?
May 9, 2013 | 8:00pm
May 9 - 12, 2013
Veteran Actress Robin Givens andComedic Actress Terri J. Vaughn Give Detroit Comedy with a Twist of SuspenseJust in Time for Mother’s Day
Robin Givens plays characters in movies you love to hate. Froma self-important executive breaking Eddie Murphy's heart in"Boomerang" to an uptight executive, who is ethical butcondescending, in Tyler Perry's blockbuster movie "Family That Preys",she does wicked well.
Thursday, May, 9,2013 through Sunday, May 12, 2013, just in time for Mother’s Day, Givens willbring her delicious wickedness to the Music Hall stage in Detroit, Michigan asshe stars in a hilarious play called “DERANGED” produced and directed byveteran theatre producer, Angela Barrow-Dunlap and written by playwright VanessaLynn.
“DERANGED” is acontemporary urban take on the 1992 movie, “The Hand That Rocks theCradle”. In the play, Givens plays aseemingly perfect nanny, who tricks and deceives a young mother in order to stealthe affections of her husband and children.
“This play will keep you on the edge of yourseat with suspense, have you hissing at Robin Givens and laughing at the comedictalents of Terri J. Vaughn,” said Barrow-Dunlap. “It has lots of spine-chillingtwists and turns, and then before you know it, you’ll be laughing, and laughinghard.”
“DERANGED” is a must see production for the entire family andboasts an all-star cast including Robin Givens (“Boomerang”, “The Game”); TerriJ. Vaughn (“The Steve Harvey Show” & “Meet the Browns”); Demetria McKinney(“House of Payne”, “Church Girl”); Terrell Carter (“Diary of a Mad BlackWoman”); Teisha Lott-Brown (R&B Group Brownstone) and Foolish (Comedian andhost WJLB Morning Show).
Deranged is a contemporary urban take on the 1992movie, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. In the play, Givens portrays aseemingly perfect nanny, who tricks and deceives a young mother in order tosteal the affections of her husband and children.
Title | Deranged - Never mess with a Blackwoman’s family
Dates | Thursday May 9, 2013-Sunday, May 12,2013
Venue | Music Hall Center for the PerformingArts, 350 Madison, Detroit, MI
Tickets available at Music Hall Box Officeand all Ticketmaster Outlets.
Thursday,May 9th - 8:00P: $40.50
Friday,May 10th - 8:00P: $48.50
Saturday,May 11th - 3:00P: $40.50
Saturday,May 11th - 8:00P: $52.50
main stageThe Tenors Live in Concert
May 15, 2013 | 7:30pm
The Tenors Lead With Your Heart Tour Getting Standing Ovations At Sold Out Shows
Tour includes a stop at the Music Hall at The Center of Performing Arts in Detroit on May 15th .
Los Angeles, CA – The first three dates of their 70-city US Tour were sold out, including a performance in Seattle on Superbowl Sunday. The Tenors, who have been performing to packed audiences and standing ovations on this tour, will continue their US tour leg on April 24th in Raleigh, NC. The Tenors, formerly known as The Canadian Tenors, have exploded into a worldwide phenomenon and now bring their acclaimed live show throughout the US.
The Tenors will be performing at prestigious venues including Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, WolfTrap in Virginia and Las Vegas’ Smith Center. They will be making a brief detour on June 5th to perform for HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace.
Since their inception only five years ago, The Tenors have had over 600 performances, thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful voices and memorable melodies. Their blend of classical music, contemporary pop and undeniable charm has garnered them international success with music lovers of all ages.
For their live performance The Tenors will sing selections from their new album, Lead With Your Heart, as well as some of their past hits. Lead With Your Heart, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard crossover charts, stretches the boundaries of classical crossover by combining classic songs and modern hits. From cover features such as Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” and Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” to the inspirational anthem “Amazing Grace”, and one of the most recognizable and heroic Tenor arias, “Nessun Dorma”, the diverse track list features a mix of pop favorites and classical staples along with new compositions written and co-written by The Tenors.
The Tenors have performed worldwide and shared the stage with legendary artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion (on the Oprah show) Sting, and Paul McCartney, to name a few. More recently, The Tenors were featured performers on two primetime international broadcasts: The Emmy Awards live from Los Angeles and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations from Windsor Castle in the UK, where The Tenors performed for Her Majesty.
Tickets go on sale this Monday, March 18th at NOON. Tickets are $49.00* and will be available for purchase at Box Office, Musichall.org
Ticketmaster Charge-by-phone 1-800-745-3000 or on line at Ticketmaster.com.
Additional information is available at www.tenorsmusic.com
jazz cafeMeri Slaven
May 15, 2013
Meri Slaven is no ordinary singer — with an abundance of chops and great pipes, she could easily scat, bop or funk it up like the big dogs but has the class and good sense not to. Instead, Slaven offers pure, sustained phrases wrapped in tear-stained cocktail napkins. Patsy Cline, who broke the charts and more than a few hearts with this tune, would have no problem believing the depth of feeling here.
jazz cafeUnPlugged Thursdays
May 16, 2013
jazz cafeA Man Can Change #13
May 17, 2013
FOR OUR FINAL SHOW OF THE 2012/2013 SEASON....WE PROUDLY PRESENT GRAMMY AWARD WINNING POET J-IVY!!!!He has performed with everyone from Kanye and Jay Z and is a Def Poetry Jam Veteran! It's an honor to have him headline our season ender and it doesn't stop there...ALSO STARRING:MONICA BLAIRESKY COVINGTONand LIVE ART plus a SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BYJESSICA CARE MOORE!!!Of course we can't forget our cast for this Months show:TRUTH B. TOLDMIC PHELPSPOETIC LIFELINEKENNY WATSONBLACKMARCEL SMITHand JOEL FLUENT GREENE!Hosted by JOEL FLUENT GREENEMusic by DJ LAJEDIThis is how you end the season RIGHT...SEE YOU THERE!!!ILLPLAYBILL is excited and up to the challenge of creating new and original shows...plus performing classic works of theater in a unique way. Hip Hop, Spoken Word, Live Music, DJ's, Art, and More will blend seamlessly and leave you excited about every upcoming show! There will also be Detroit-based vendors selling unique items and of course we will have our staple $5 ILLtinis and $3 Beers available. As well as a full menu (I recommend the chicken wings...ILL).Tickets are only $15 and EARLY ARRIVAL is strongly recommended for seating purposes. Doors open and 8pm and show starts PROMPTLY at 9pm. Much love and appreciation, ILLPLAYBILL
jazz cafeJuke Joint 13
May 18, 2013
Juke joint: derived from the gullah term ''joog'' meaning rowdy and disorderly. Juke joints served as a social resolve to the daily ebb and flow of those seeking entertainment and activity after a long week. Juke joint 13: A lively excursion into the raw and soulful world of the juke joint. A world filled with excitement, unparalled fantastic music and imagery.
jazz cafeTribute to Carlos Santana
May 23, 2013
GUITARRAS LATINO AMERICANAS
LATIN AMERICAN GUITARS
Thursday, May 23 - 7:00 pm.
350 Madison, Detrot 48226
T: (313) 887-8532 | firstname.lastname@example.org
$ 10 donation w/ include a chilean empanada
jazz cafeHTS Band w/KENDRICK HARDAWAY
May 25, 2013
On Saturday immediately following the "Superstars of Comedy" at the Music Hall.
COME CHILL AND SPILL HOW YOU FEEL!!
keep the party going in style with music and a live band performance in aelegant mature setting in the Music Hall's Jazz Cafe!!Enjoy live music by one of Detroits hottest and hardest working young bands
the HTS Band feat. Vocalist KENDRICK HARDAWAY performing a soulful set of R&B, Funk, Jazz and more!!
take time to unwind and chill with drinks specials and made to order food specials!!
BEST OF ALL ITS FREE ENTRY ALL NIGHT!!
THE AFTER -SET BEGINS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SUPERSTARS OF COMEDY SHOW (10:00PM)
main stageSuperstars of Comedy:
May 25, 2013 | 8:00pm
Superstars of Comedy: Capone, Red Grant, Michael Blackson, Luenell