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313 to the 312 Choreography Expo

March 21, 2015 | 8:00 pm

Music Hall celebrates the ingenuity of choreography with the study of the creative back and forth between Detroit and other dance capitals around the country with its 2nd annual “Choreography Expo.”

The profound influence that Detroit dance has on the New York scene was revealed last year and this year Music Hall will be the venue of collaborations from Chicago. The evening features new Detroit choreographers and innovative companies from Chicago. The work of 9 specially chosen choreographers and their dancers will take the stage for one night (only) followed by master classes the next day. 3 companies from Chicago and 6 companies from Detroit will share the stage for a sizzling night of new dance work and pay homage to the co-founder of The Joffrey Ballet, Gerald Arpino and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the DDC (Detroit Dance Collective).

Companies:

Joffrey Ballet Concert Group ¦Ron De Jesus ¦ The Cambrains ¦Biba Bell ¦DDCdances |Eisenhower Dance ¦Hardcore Detroit ¦ LaMarre & Dancers ¦Brian Strimpel ¦Northville Ballet Theatre

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Master Classes taught by: Ron DeJesus ¦ Davis Robertson ¦Benjamin Holliday Wardell

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main stageBeijing Opera

March 1, 2015 | 3:00pm

Beijing(Peking) Opera

.The North American Chinese Coalition (NACC) along with Chinese Association of Greater Detroit (CAGD), Greater Lansing Chinese Association and the North American Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers are proud to present Beijing Opera performance by the Beijing Opera Troupe at the Detroit Music Hall to celebrate Chinese New Year on Sunday, March 1st 2015.

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To usher in 2015, the Year of the Ram, The North American Chinese Coalition (NACC) has planned this cultural show featuring authentic Chinese Beijing Opera which is held in Detroit Music Hall. The cultural show begins at 3 p.m.

jazz cafeMona Lizza

March 5, 2015

Nothing is more soothing than the arrival of something warm to a cold environment. It’s that feeling you get when you take that first sip of hot tea while standing outside in the cold. It is the nourishment that comes when someone who loves you feeds you hot soup to help fight the flu. In a musical climate where everyone seems too cool to express vulnerability, Mona Lizza provides some much needed warmth and comfort to invigorate our souls.
 
 Monica “Mona Lizza” Hamlett became aware of her knack for entertaining audiences at the tender of age of 9, when she started performing for family and friends at graduations, wedding receptions and anniversary parties. Those early performances would spark an inextinguishable flame, and at Detroit's famed Cass Technical High School, Mona Lizza learned to cultivate her ability, exploring her vocal range and redefining its boundaries. 
 
 Mona began to hone her skills on stages throughout metro Detroit after signing with promoter Gerald Foster’s New Mix Entertainment, and in 2006, she showcased a sultry mix of R&B, contemporary jazz and alternative music on her well received debut album, Temptation . Soon she and her band, Mellow Soul, were performing to audiences all over Southeast Michigan. 
 
 But while Mona was playing and promoting her album, she discovered first hand how difficult it can be for independent artists to fund their own projects and get their music heard. In 2010, she founded Mona Lizza's Lyrics, LLC. Her company's mission is to help independent artists get their careers off the ground by connecting them with industry insiders around the country. She also helps local non-profit organizations raise funds through concerts and special events.
 
 Now Mona Lizza has crafted her second album, Work of Art . This latest collection of compositions demonstrates Mona's growth as a singer and songwriter, all while exploring a bluesy blend of jazz and neo soul that fits her amorous voice like an elegant overcoat.

jazz cafeThe After-Set

March 6, 2015

Mark Your Calendars!!!
The After Set.... Featuring Alise King Friday March 6th at The Music Hall. Hosted by Carl Beendoinit! Doors open 7pm. Showtime 8pm. Admission ONLY $10!

main stageMosaic Singers; Make that Change

March 6, 2015 | 8PM

March 6 - 8, 2015

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Detroit has long been a gem in the world of music. From Paradise Valley to Hitsville to Techno, Detroit's musical roots run deep. Detroit's shining youthful voices, energy, and creativity have contributed significantly to American history and pop culture. For over 20 years, the Mosaic Singers have exemplified Detroit's musical culture. This year the Mosaic Singers continue their annual tradition, combining a choral concert of classical, spiritual, and world music with a show-stopping celebration of the musical genius of an entertainment icon

jazz cafeElenora

March 12, 2015

Eleanora could be loosely described as chamber folk, but prefers to add in some dark r&b flavor and pop just to shake it up, drawing as much from Billie Holiday as Radiohead. They are a five-piece band co-fronted by Leah Elizabeth Dunstan and Julia Stephenson, whose voices and musical sensibilities are just fated to be together. You'll hear them on viola, violin and clarinet as well as guitar.

jazz cafeAcoustic Symphony #1

March 13, 2015

This singer-songwriter showcase will be the first of many featuring singer-songwriters from the Detroit music scene. $5 cover at the door. There is also $5 parking behind the Music Hall. Each singer-songwriter will showcase 30 min sets including Ted NagySteve D'Angelo  , Abi Eklund , aka Bingo Mama, Mike GalbraithBill Kalmar , and Karianne Hollowell . Jazz Cafe at Music Hall in Detroit is a beautiful piece of architecture itself. The backdrop is a fantastic stage that will feature original singer-songwriters of your Detroit! See you there.

jazz cafeWe Are Motown

March 14, 2015

main stageCassandra Wilson- Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday

March 14, 2015 | 8pm DATE CHANGE!!!!!

Cassandra Wilson sadly has to move her date.

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(Detroit, MI)  The March 14th Cassandra Wilson concert at Music Hall has been  rescheduled by the artist , with future date to be announced

Tickets for the March 14th show will be honored for rescheduled date when announced.

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Ticket refunds can also be made at points of purchase.

main stageMarcus Miller wsg Yellowjackets

March 15, 2015 | 7:00pm

main stagePop-up Dinner

March 15, 2015 | 6:00pm

Add the pop up dinner in the Selma Hyman Lounge to your Marcus Miller/Yellowjackets experience

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Chef Brendon Edwards cooks it up for you and the Bar is provided by Joe Robinson

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Lemon Roasted Root Vegetable Tartlets with Herbed Goat Butter

Shrimp Rice Cakes with Cilantro and Avocado

Braised Pork Shoulder Sliders with Dunbarton Cheddar and Caramelized Apple

Almond Gougeres filled with Chili Roasted Chicken

Yum!

jazz cafeSpotlight: The Quarterly Series w/Angela Davis

March 18, 2015

The 4th installment of SPOTLIGHT is approaching. Mark your calendars and Save the Date so you don't miss be the BEST musical showcase in Detroit. Our feature performer will be Angela Davis .

jazz cafePierre Anthony

March 19, 2015

Pierre Anthony hails from the great city of Detroit, Michigan. He is a product of the Detroit Public Schools, attending The Detroit High School for the Performing Arts. He has been singing since the age of eight, and writing music for himself and others since the age of 13. His musical influences include all of the Motown greats, Dave Hollister, Carl Thomas, Anthony Hamilton, and many more. He has performed at various venues around the city of Detroit, such as, Bert's Warehouse in the Historic Eastern market District, The Whitney hotel and restaurant, The Historic Baker's Keyboard Lounge, The African World Festival(2010 and 2012),just to name a few. Pierre was awarded the 2013 Detroit Male Vocalist of the Year by the Detroit Black Music Awards and 2012 Male Performance Artist of the Year by the Internet Radio Broadcasters Association.Pierre is currently working on his freshman album “Pierre Anthony” which includes the Detroit Anthem “I’m From Motor City”.  

main stage313 to the 312-Choreography Expo

March 21, 2015 | 8pm

Music Hall celebrates the ingenuity of choreography with the study of the creative back and forth between Detroit and other dance capitals around the country with its 2nd annual “Choreography Expo.”

The profound influence that Detroit dance has on the New York scene was revealed last year and this year Music Hall will be the venue of collaborations from Chicago. The evening features new Detroit choreographers and innovative companies from Chicago. The work of 9 specially chosen choreographers and their dancers will take the stage for one night (only) followed by master classes the next day. 3 companies from Chicago and 6 companies from Detroit will share the stage for a sizzling night of new dance work and pay homage to the co-founder of The Joffrey Ballet, Gerald Arpino and celebrate the 35th anniversary of the DDC (Detroit Dance Collective).

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Companies:

Joffrey Ballet Concert Group ¦Ron De Jesus ¦ The Cambrains ¦Biba Bell ¦DDCdances |Eisenhower Dance ¦Hardcore Detroit ¦ LaMarre & Dancers ¦B.S. Movement ¦Northville Ballet Theatre

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Master Classes

Sunday, 3/22   9-10:30 am  Joffrey Ballet Concert Group/Davis Robertson

    10:30-12 pm  The Cambrians/Benjamin Wardell and Michel Rodriquez Cintra

    12-1:30 pm  Ron De Jesus Dance/Ron De Jesus

jazz cafeLed Kaapana

March 25, 2015

Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa: Hawaiian Masters

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Led Kaapana  & Mike Kaawa  are masters of the Hawaiian style of music known as slack key guitar (Ki Ho'alu). Led is the NEA National Heritage Fellow and one of the best slack key players alive today. He has a style that comes from his family in the days before TV, radio, internet -- it's down-home and real. His finger-pickin' style extends to autoharp and 'ukulele as well, and his vocal range encompasses baritone to Hawaiian falsetto singing (leo ki'e ki'e). Mike is Hawai’i’s finest 12-string guitar player and one of its most highly regarded musicians.

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Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa: Hawaiian Masters

“Ledward Kaapana is a master slack key guitarist.”

—The New York Times

"[Led]…friendly, generous, self-effacing, a little kolohe (rascally) and a flat out genius at just about any stringed instrument that can be finger-picked."  
 -- The Honolulu Advertiser

A master of the slack key guitar, Led Kaapana  has been one of Hawai‘i's most influential musicians for four decades. His mastery of stringed instruments, exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and extraordinary baritone to leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) vocal range, have made him a musical legend. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of “Led Heads” from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 2011, he was honored with an NEA National Heritage Fellowship  for his artistic excellence and his contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.

Mike Kaawa  is Hawai’i’s finest 12-string guitar player and one of its most highly regarded musicians. Known as “The Hawaiian Boy”, he describes his music as “Hawaiian with attitude”. He started performing at a young age and briefly flirted with rock-and-roll before committing himself to Hawaiian music. He is a regular at Hawaii’s Slack Key Festivals and popular venues. A captivating performer, Mike has created his own unique, robust sound in his playing, with a distinct vocal expression that comes straight from the heart. Often teaming up with Led Kaapana, they released Force of Nature  late 2008 which earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hawaiian Music Album.

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Hawaiian musical legend Ledward Kaapana  is unrivaled in his exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and baritone to falsetto vocal range, a delightful performer with rascal charm. Joined by Mike Kaawa , Hawaii’s finest 12-string guitar player.

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Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa: Hawaiian Masters

 

"…friendly, generous, self-effacing, a little kolohe (rascally) and a flat out genius at just about any stringed instrument that can be finger-picked."   -- The Honolulu Advertiser

A master of the slack key guitar, Led Kaapana  has been one of Hawai‘i's most influential musicians for four decades. His mastery of stringed instruments, exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and extraordinary baritone to leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) vocal range, have made him a musical legend. In 2011, he was honored with an NEA National Heritage Fellowship .

Led is joined by longtime collaborator Mike Kaawa, Hawai’i’s finest 12-string guitar player and one of its most highly regarded musicians. Known as “The Hawaiian Boy”, he describes his music as “Hawaiian with attitude”. Mike Kaawa is the perfect match for Led. Since they began performing together in the early 2000s, they have crafted a remarkable musical rapport much like jazz musicians’ improvisations with each other.

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Mike Kaawa

Led is joined by longtime collaborator Mike Kaawa, Hawai’i’s finest 12-string guitar player and one of its most highly regarded musicians. Known as “The Hawaiian Boy”, he describes his music as “Hawaiian with attitude”.

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jazz cafeLorenzo Rhodes CD Release

March 26, 2015

jazz cafeA Man Can Change

March 27, 2015

jazz cafeBilly Brandt & The Sugarees

March 28, 2015

Folk, Rock, Roots, Country, Celtic, Americana, Celticana... Music that you can sing with three or four chords. Open ended performances with Jam's on the ends of several songs...songs I have written over the last twenty thirty years...

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