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The Royal Ballet of Cambodia

November 6, 2014 | 8:00 pm

Performances would traditionally accompany royal ceremonies and observances such as coronations, marriages, funerals or Khmer holidays. This art form, which narrowly escaped annihilation in the 1970s, is cherished by many Cambodians.Infused with a sacred and symbolic role, the dance embodies the traditional values of refinement, respect and spirituality. Its repertory perpetuates the legends associated with the origins of the Khmer people. Consequently, Cambodians have long esteemed this tradition as the emblem of Khmer culture. Four distinct character types exist in the classical repertory: Neang the woman, Neayrong the man, Yeak the giant, and Sva the monkey. Each possesses distinctive colours, costumes, makeup and masks.The gestures and poses, mastered by the dancers only after years of intensive training, evoke the gamut of human emotions, from fear and rage to love and joy.

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main stageBoogah and Hoogah

November 2, 2014 | 4pm

What would you do if you returned from your vacation to find that somebody had built her nice new house in the middle of your lawn?  Or what if somebody knocked on your door and complained that you had just moved into his front yard?  It could be the beginning of a big bunch of problems…or the opportunity for some wonderful adventures!

Wear your Halloween costume!!!!

main stageThe Royal Ballet of Cambodia

November 6, 2014 | 8pm

Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, also known as Khmer Classical Dance, has been closely associated with the Khmer court for over one thousand years. 

main stageDICK GREGORY’S “WHAT’S GOING ON IN AMERICA”

November 14, 2014 | 8:00pm

DICK GREGORY’S “WHAT’S GOING ON IN AMERICA”

with special guest Mr. Paul Mooney

main stageThe Salvation Army Band

November 15, 2014 | 8pm

jazz cafeA Poem Called Detroit

November 15, 2014

A Night of Poetry, Music, and Pictures Inspired by Our Fair City...

Living in city like Detroit, you find inspiration everywhere. This show is dedicated to the people that see art in the grit...the grime...the storefronts...the churches...the people.

Poet, author and event producer, Joel Fluent Greene, will give a special reading dedicated to Detroit. There will also be guest performers, live music, a vendors marketplace, and more. Additional music will be supplied by DJ Equad. There will also be an open mic. Bring your best poems about our city to share with the crowd!

If you love our city and believe in the power of words...this is the event for you! Spend a weekend in a beautiful venue with some amazing talent.

There will be a full bar available and the kitchen will be open. Prepare for a fun and sophisticated Saturday...

Saturday, November 15
JazzCafe Detroit
350 Madison, Downtown Detroit 
Doors 8pm. Showtime 9pm. $10 
Tickets will only be available at the door.
Arrive early for best seating options.

A portion of all proceeds will go towards supporting Friends School Detroit.

main stageCarl Palmer

November 20, 2014 | 7:00pm & 9:00pm

Carl Palmer, among the most renowned drummers in rock history and a
founding member of both ELP and ASIA, is returning to the world stage for an
extensive solo tour that will celebrate the global release of his new DECADE
DVD (which chronicles the 2011 tour show) and his new RHYTHM OF LIGHT
collection of fine art, recently done in conjunction with Scene 4 Art Studios.

jazz cafeCarl Palmer

November 20, 2014

CARL PALMER

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Carl Palmer, among the most renowned drummers in rock history and a
founding member of both ELP and ASIA, is returning to the world stage for an
extensive solo tour that will celebrate the global release of his new DECADE
DVD (which chronicles the 2011 tour show) and his new RHYTHM OF LIGHT
collection of fine art, recently done in conjunction with Scene 4 Art Studios.

“America is the country that really propelled my career,” said Palmer from
his home in London. “I am always excited to be touring in the US. We have been
touring in Europe most of 2014, so to bring this new show to North America and
Canada as I did in July and will do again in November is very exciting.”
Entitled “Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Rhythm Of Light 2014 Tour,” the
famed musician will present a show that includes bold, new arrangements of the
best-loved instrumental music of ELP, and other composers. A multi-media
experience combining music and video projection, the show promises to be
among the most musically compelling tours of the year. Carl Palmer Legacy is a
red-hot power trio that features Palmer on drums and percussion; guitarist Paul
Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick.

jazz cafeThe Art of Soul

November 22, 2014

The ART of SOuL Featuring Alise King
Saturday, November 22nd 8pm-11pm
JazzCafe Detroit at The Music Hall
350 Madison St., Detroit, MI 
Doors open 7pm. Admission $10

jazz cafeRalphe Armstrong

November 28, 2014

By the time Detroit bassist Ralphe Armstrong  was just 20 years old, his touring and recording accomplishments were beyond what the average musician strives a lifetime to achieve. But then, whether he’s playing bass violin or electric bass guitar, Ralphe Armstrong  is not your average musician.

 

HomeBASS , released in November 2013 on Mack Avenue Records’ Detroit Music Factory imprint, is a world-class Detroit musician’s ode to his roots. “This record is dedicated to the people of Detroit,” says Ralphe. “Especially to the young people, the young artists, they are truly the spirit of Detroit.”

HomeBASS  features some of Detroit’s finest jazz players as they took the stage at the Detroit Jazz Festival in 1996. Among the all-star ensemble are trumpet player Rayse Biggs , pianist Henry Gibson , drummer Gayelynn McKinney , vocalist Audrey Northington  and one non-Detroiter popped into the mix—Sicilian guitarist Toty Viola . The energy and musicianship, as on the cut “Miles We Got To Go,” is Detroit fusion at its best.

Son of legendary visual artist/musician/composer/poet/storyteller Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, Ralphe came from a musical family. His father, a violin virtuoso, was a member of the last known African American string band and was declared a National Treasure by the National Endowment for the Arts; his aunt was a guitar player; his brother played with Miles Davis. But it was his stylish and charismatic uncle, bassist Lee (L.C.) Crockett, who inspired his fascination with the bass when Ralphe was just 7 years old.

In 1974, 16-year-old Ralphe had just finished his musical studies in classical and jazz at Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy. He auditioned for and landed a spot with John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, famously beating out a young Jaco Pastorius. “I got the job because I had a fretless bass,” remembers Ralphe. McLaughlin loved the sound, as did Jaco, who, as the story goes, went home and ripped the frets from his bass.

 In the next few years, Ralphe went on to tour and record with an endless list of illustrious names including Frank Zappa and the Mother’s of Invention, Herbie Hancock, Jean-Luc Ponty, Santana and Beatles producer George Martin.

 An innovator and originator of fusion fretless bass, Ralphe’s unique and powerful style, as well as his technical mastery, would soon catch the attention of Gibson® Guitar Corporation. He was chosen to endorse the company and served as an advisor. He was instrumental in the development of Gibson basses known as the Ripper, G-3, RD Artist and Victory.

 “Ralphe is the torchbearer of the Detroit bass tradition,” says fellow world-renowned Detroit bass player and educator Rodney Whitaker. “He studied with Ron Carter and James Jamerson, so he’s got it all.”
 
 In spite of being at the height of his career at the time, Ralphe left touring life for most of 1980s to stay home and raise his children, much to the delight of the many Detroit musicians who enjoyed his presence on the local circuit.

 Always a fan of Detroit’s rich music culture, Ralphe was at home as much in the clubs of Detroit as in any stadium abroad. A musician emblematic of Detroit’s diversity of style and capacity of talent, Ralphe Armstrong has always been an ambassador between the Detroit sound and the rest of the world.

These days, with his family grown, Ralphe is back on the international stage playing and recording with an ever impressively diverse cross section of musical genres such as Sting, Roger Daltrey and even Eminem’s group D-12. From jazz to pop and orchestral theater to hip hop, Ralphe has played it all—and always with his signature passion, power and precision.

As Ralphe puts it, “Detroit keeps producing more great musicians than any other place on Earth, and that’s a true story.”

jazz cafeDetroit Comics Unleashed

November 29, 2014

Are you ready to get your laugh on!!!

Key Expressions Productions LLC in collaboration with The Black Diamond Empire

 Presents

Detroit Comics Unleashed!!!

Featuring some of the funniest comedians from the “D”

We are bringing 5 of the hottest comedians to the Music Hall Jazz Cafe on November 29, 2014. Hosted by the one and only, Cornell “Popcorn” Spivey from (Robert Townsend presents Partners in Crime Next Generation, and BET Comic View). Also featuring comedians Tony Roney from (Comic View AllStar), BlackBerry, and Mary Ann DeMoss. Headliner comedian Bill Hill, (seen on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and Comic View).

They will have you “Cryin laughin”!!!

You don’t want to miss this!!!!

Come on out and enjoy a night of food, fun, and lots of laughs!!!

Purchase your tickets before November 29, 8:00pm and get a discount of $20.00 per ticket!!!

For the tickets and more info call 586-359-5174

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