Events

Featured:

main stage

Zap Mama and Antibalas - FELA celebration!!

February 6, 2015 | 8:00 pm

February 6, 2015 | 8pm

"For Zap Mama, the African diaspora offers limitless connections, and the group can crisscross the Atlantic in the course of a song." —New York Times
"Antibalas’ music embodies the principles of grassroots revolutionary movements... as the disparate voices of guitars, brass and organ all move in one unified direction; each having their say without drowning out their companions. Antibalas is musical democracy in action, and an inspiring example of a band practicing what they preach." —BBC 

Join Our Mailing List
Email:
For Email Marketing you can trust
previous month

December 2014

next month

main stageJulian Lage

December 4, 2014 | 8:00pm

Julian Lage is an American guitarist, composer & arranger living in New York City. Hailed as a child guitar prodigy, Julian was the subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary “Jules at 8.” Julian’s music is rooted in both traditional & acoustic forms and he has had the opportunity to collaborate with renowned artists such as Jim Hall, Mark O’Connor, Nels Cline, Chris Eldridge, Scott Colley, and Bela Fleck. In addition to his own quintet, Julian has recorded with Gary Burton, David Grisman, Eric Harland, Anthony Wilson, Martin Taylor, Joshua Bell and Yoko Ono.

jazz cafeJulian Lage

December 4, 2014

JULIAN LAGE

BUY NOW!!!

Julian Lage is an American guitarist, composer & arranger living in New York City. Hailed as a child guitar prodigy, Julian was the subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary “Jules at 8.” Julian’s music is rooted in both traditional & acoustic forms and he has had the opportunity to collaborate with renowned artists such as Jim Hall, Mark O’Connor, Nels Cline, Chris Eldridge, Scott Colley, and Bela Fleck. In addition to his own quintet, Julian has recorded with Gary Burton, David Grisman, Eric Harland, Anthony Wilson, Martin Taylor, Joshua Bell and Yoko Ono.

In 2009, Julian released his debut recording “Sounding Point” on Universal Music. The album was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. In 2013, Julian was featured on the critically acclaimed duo album “Free Flying” with pianist Fred Hersch. The recording received a coveted 5 star review in Down Beat magazine.

Projects for the 2015-2016 season include the acoustic guitar duo with Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers, the critically acclaimed duo with pianist Fred Hersch, and Julian’s new trio featuring Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. The New York Times recently reviewed their premier performance and declared, “a former prodigy continues to break ground in collaborations.” In addition, 2015 will see the release of a new recording with Nels Cline as well as Julian’s new solo guitar album.

jazz cafeDayna Davis Show DY-NA-MIX

December 5, 2014

Dayna Davis, pop-soul singer/songwriter, presents DYNAMIX.  Enjoy a music-filled evening, listening to songs from some of your favorite artists.  She will be covering songs by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Adele, Bruno Mars, Etta James, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jill Scott, Natalie Cole and MORE!  This family-friendly show is sure to excite all ages and musical palates. 

jazz cafeWe Are Motown

December 6, 2014

The longest running all Live music R&B show in the Motor city returns to close out 2014 with an all new lineup pic the hottest R&B in the "D"!!
Before Def Jam, Badboy, LaFace or SoSo Def..before Atlanta got hot, This was the spot!!
     R&B LIVE DETROIT 
      Proudly presents. .
WE ARE MOTOWN..AND THIS 
      IS WHAT WE DO!
R&B LIVE DETROIT brings out the hardest working young R&B artists keeping the tradition and spirit of MOTOWN alive and well!!
Featuring performances from
D.. REED........ :http://www.holyhiphop.com/DReed-Turnaround-Day-11-25-14.htm
SHAY LEWIS...... :http://www.shaylewismusic.com/
NATASHA LAMASTER... :http://m.soundcloud.com/natashasmusic1
MJ ROBINSON.... :http://www.reverbnation.com/mjrobinson
KENDRICK HARDAWAY... :http://www.reverbnation.com/KendrickHardaway
Come out and enjoy Some Live Soul music in the mature ambiance of the Music Hall Jazz Cafe..Featuring made to order small plates and a full bar featuring cocktails and other beverages..
+++ SPECIAL INVITE TO ALL R&B+++ LIVE DETROIT ALUMNI ARTISTS WHO HAVE PERFORMED ON THE SHOW!! This one is special so your presence is valued and appreciated!! 
   If you would like to perform at 
   R&B LIVE DETROIT or want info: 1stmynd@gmail.com/313 ]. 471. 4724

jazz cafeSpotlight: A Quarterly Series

December 10, 2014

jazz cafeThe Soul Rebels

December 11, 2014

BUY TICKETS HERE!!!!

The Soul Rebels started with an idea shared between founding members Derrick

Moss and Lumar LeBlanc – to play the music they loved on the radio in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition that they grew up on. Together with a group of young, like-minded players from all over New Orleans, they formed the Soul Rebels and set out to make their mark on the music they love.

The band came to be when LeBlanc and Moss met as percussionists in New Orleans’ iconic Dejean’s Young Olympia Brass Band. The two were steeped in the fundamentals of New Orleans jazz, but inevitably, contemporary styles of music began to catch their attention. “We wanted to make our own sound without disrespecting the brass tradition,” LeBlanc recalls, “so we knew we had to break away.” They found a new direction when they spun off and formed their own band and set out to make the music they wanted to make.

Graduates of university music programs throughout the South, the group took

the marching band format they had learned in school and incorporated influences

from outside the city as well as R&B, funk and hip-hop – especially through half-sung, half rapped lyrics.

main stageThe Soul Rebels

December 11, 2014 | 8:00pm

The Soul Rebels started with an idea shared between founding members Derrick

Moss and Lumar LeBlanc – to play the music they loved on the radio in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition that they grew up on. Together with a group of young, like-minded players from all over New Orleans, they formed the Soul Rebels and set out to make their mark on the music they love.

jazz cafeTwisted Holly-Daze!

December 12, 2014

We're decking the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts 
WOMEN. FIRE. DANGER. JAZZ..
Just Good Olde-timey Grown-Up Fun*
Featuring The Amazing & Amusing Talents of
The Big Icky Christopher Bogucki
Sofia Syntaxx
Jimmy Mercury
Leilani
Phil Lesky
Milton Hale

main stageThe Russian Classical Ballet Nutcracker

December 13, 2014 | 7pm

A must-see holiday event for the entire family! Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets. With an impressive cast of Michigan’s talented ballet students, and international guest artists, The Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday tradition to be enjoyed by all ages.

jazz cafeA Man Can Change

December 19, 2014

Detroits HIT poetry series is BACK for a special night of words, music and FUN. Join your host, Joel Fluent Greene, and 6 of the cities most prolific male voices in spoken word and music, for an event you won't want to miss! 
 
 FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:
 
 JOEL FLUENT GREENE 
 TOMMY GUNZ 
 DAVID MUHSIN
 TREY SIMON 
 AZIZI JASPER 
 MIKE MONFORD
 
 AND A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY:
 
 PIERRE ANTHONY
 
 With music supplied by DJ LAJEDI
 
 LETS GIVE BACK WITH THIS ONE!!!
 
 Books have the power to inspire, empower and entertain the human mind. In a city where the arts and pro-literacy efforts are disappearing at alarming rates, lets do our part to reverse the trend! Bring a donation of your FAVORITE BOOK and receive $5 off your admission fee! We are accepting childrens, teen, and adult titles that will be distributed by 20 BOOKS INC. 20 Books is a registered 501c3 nonprofit. A pro-literacy charity that promotes the reading of books and literacy. We are EXCITED about this partnership and the opportunity to spread the written word around our great city! WHAT BOOKS HAVE INSPIRED YOU??? Great chance to share with others!!!
 
 POETRY/MUSIC/DETROIT BASED VENDORS MARKETPLACE/DRINK SPECIALS/FULL FOOD MENU/AND MORE!!!
 
 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19TH
 JAZZ CAFE @ MUSIC HALL 
 350 MADISON. DOWNTOWN DETROIT
 DOORS 8PM. SHOWTIME 9PM.
 $20 DOOR. $15 IN ADVANCE. $15 AT THE DOOR WITH BOOK DONATION.
 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE @ 
 www.brownpapertickets.com
 
 GENERAL ADMISSION ONLY. Please arrive early for best seating options.

jazz cafeIngenious Band Christmas

December 20, 2014

main stageOpen Call Auditions -The James Brown Story

December 26, 2014 | 12:00 - 6:00pm

Music Hall is pleased to announce the open call auditions for ITS A MAN'S WORLD; THE JAMES BROWN STORY in the main hall.

IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: THE JAMES BROWN STORY  tells the story of the legendary Godfather of Soul, James Brown, told by those who knew him best. Written and Directed by Don P. Roberts (Drumline ), 

IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: THE JAMES BROWN STORY  will provide a never-seen-before perspective of the iconic James Brown and features original music, costumes designed by Brown’s private tailor, Curtis Gibson and dynamic, technology-infused storytelling that will enlighten, engage and leave audiences begging for more.

jazz cafePhredley Brown

December 28, 2014

Detroit Raised Multi-Instrumentalist & Bruno Mars Musical Director, Phredley Brown Performs For Music Hall Benefit @ Jazz Cafe / December 28 8:00 PM

BUY TICKETS HERE!!!!

Born and raised in Southfield, Phredley Brown has been entranced by music his entire life.  His earliest exposure to music came from his mother, Natalie.  Natalie taught private piano and voice lessons during the child's infancy and after 3 years, Phredley had heard enough.  The 3-year-old told his mother that she needed to stop focusing on other kids and instead start teaching him - So Natalie did.  Phredley developed an insatiable appetite for music and an intuitive ability to learn whatever instrument was placed in his hands.  Brown grew up playing drums in church, trombone and saxophone in school concert bands and still found time to discover trumpet, guitar, bass and other instruments outside of school.  Brown went on to graduate from The Roeper School and after a month at the University of Michigan on scholarship, Brown decided music school was not for him.  Phredley returned to Detroit to find his feet in the music scene and eventually his path led him to Los Angeles.  Brown's travels have since taken him all over the world.  Phredley has shared stages with the likes of Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Stephen Marley, Damien Marley, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pharell Williams, Rihanna, Janelle Monae, B.o.B, Billy Ray Cyrus, Skylar Grey, Wiz Khalifa, Mark Ronson, Mystikal and more.  Brown currently serves as the Musical Director, Guitarist, Keyboardist and Vocalist for Bruno Mars and has also appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Grammys, American Idol, The Voice, The Today Show, The MTV Video Music Awards, The Super Bowl and  arenas worldwide.  Phredley returns to Detroit as a solo performer for the first time in over 5 years to share his experiences and new material.  Brown is accompanied by his band, including sister and Detroit-based recording artist Alesha Nicole as well as longtime friend and drummer Paul Loos, Arranger and Director for world class and championship drum lines North Coast Academy and Lake Orion High School.  Phredley Brown is endorsed by Fender Guitars and DR Strings.

main stagePhredley Brown - Giving Back

December 28, 2014 | doors at 7:00pm

Detroit Raised Multi-Instrumentalist & Bruno Mars Musical Director, Phredley Brown Performs For Music Hall Benefit @ Jazz Cafe / December 28 8:00 PM

Phredley Brown  returns to Detroit as a solo performer for the first time in over 5 years to share his experiences and new material at an intimate club show benefiting Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts at Jazz Cafe, Sunday, December 28th .  Brown is accompanied by his band, including sister and Detroit-based recording artist Alesha Nicole  as well as longtime friend and drummer Paul Loos , Arranger and Director for world class and championship drum lines North Coast Academy and Lake Orion High School. 

previous month

December 2014

next month