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Duane Parham

Saxophonist Duane Parham  is one of the Motor City’s most beloved jazz artists.  He is recognized as an innovator and top performer in Smooth Jazz, R&B and Gospel Music.  Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Duane’s latest project, “Motor City Sax Appeal: My Tribute to the Motown Legends” delivers a Mo-Jazz tribute to Motown Records with guest appearances from some of the label’s most legendary performers.  Guest appearances by The Four Tops, The Miracles, The Contours, The Original Vandellas, Pat Lewis, Carolyn Crawford, and five time Grammy award winner Michael J. Powell give this CD album an authentic Motown mix that blends wonderfully with Duane’s Mo-Jazz style.  Duane, one of the Executive Producers on this project is joined by other talented producers such as Pat Lewis, Carl “Butch” Small and Maurice Whitsett.

Terry Tuck

Welcome to the Journey

Hailing from the most enviable and historic musical city in the world dubbed “Hitsville USA,” this self-taught musician began his musical career on the trumpet. As his love of music began to develop, Terry added piano, and rhythm guitar to his skill set. The last instrument learned was bass guitar, but quickly became his instrument of choice. In his early career Terry was bass player for various R&B groups down at Detroit’s “Hitsville” USA in the early Motown years. It was there that he met former Motown engineer John Lewis who later trained him to become a recording engineer and songwriter. After Mr. Lewis opened “The Sound Suite” recording studio Terry began as engineer for some of the Detroit’s most memorable artists in Gospel and Secular music. Terry’s experiences as a bass player for contemporary Christian, gospel, and R&B artists are all uniquely interwoven into his distinctive sound which he calls “breaking the rules jazz.” In 2003, Terry was introduced to Wayman Tisdale. Wayman mentored, encouraged, and evaluated his music becoming the catalyst, which convinced him to release his first CD. “Eternal Life” is dedicated to him. “Desert Wind” features Terry on five, six string, a modified piccolo bass and piano. For more on Terry’s discography please join us at


Join Illplaybill and your host, Joel Fluent Greene, as we celebrate romance, sexuality, passion and all things that add that certain spice to our lives.
 This is not just another erotic poetry show (although things will get erotic). This is an EXPERIENCE. For 3 hours let us transport you to a land where your every want, whim, and desire will be fulfilled. The poetry will be top notch...the music will be soulful and sexy...the atmosphere will be fly and red...the drinks will flow...a perfect evening if you're not JUST GROWN AND SEXY, but GROWN AND SOPHISTICATED.
 I guarantee the lineup will be on point...nothing less. We're currently in the process of booking some of the cities best in poetry, music, and MORE.
 Expect surprises at REDSundays...each one will be a SHOW.
 Show dates are:
 Sunday, June 16th
 Sunday, June 23rd
 Sunday, June 30th
 ILLPLAYBILL is excited and up to the challenge of creating new and original shows. Hip Hop, Spoken Word, Live Music, DJ's, Art, and More will blend seamlessly and leave you excited about every upcoming event! 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 $10 and are available at the door. EARLY ARRIVAL is strongly recommended for seating purposes. Doors open at 6pm and show starts PROMPTLY at 7pm.
 Much love and appreciation, ILLPLAYBILL

Zania Alake

  ZANIA ALAKE' performing  a soulful set of R&B, Funk, Jazz and morebacked by a live band!! take time to unwind and chill with drinks specials and made to order food specials!!


Randal V. Wilson

Randal "Velvet" Wilson is one of Detroit's most versatile Guitarist having shared the stage with Earth, Wind & Fire, George Benson, Layla Hathaway, Joe Sample, Natalie Cole, Jeffery Osborne, Brian McKnight, Marion Meadows, Babyface, Kem, Musiq, The Commodores & Michael Franks to name a few. 

He has also been blessed enough to perform with Imprompt2, L Renee, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Deittrick Haddon, Fred Hammond, Lashell Griffin, Mark Mixx & The Street Jazz Cartel, Ali Woodson and many more. He can also be heard playing Guitar on nearly 30 recordings from local to nationally known artist. 

His first solo CD "Time Well Spent" Velvet Productions Ltd. 2006 was received quite well and gained a world-wide listenership with favorable reviews at home and abroad!

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Duane Parham

June 28, 8pm $20

As an artist, Duane has amassed several accolades acknowledging his talent and civic contributions.  He is the recipient of three Mayoral Proclamations of Achievement from Mayors Coleman A. Young and Dennis W. Archer of Detroit along with Mayor Martha G. Scott of Highland Park, MI for his accomplishments in the development of Music Arts and his outstanding contribution to the progress of both communities.

Duane also received the Spirit of Detroit Award for producing and arranging “Dream Detroit,” a song co-written with the late Detroit Councilwoman Kay Everett.  Most recently, Duane was inducted into the “Detroit Legends of Jazz Hall of Fame.” He holds the distinction of being the youngest person to join this elite fraternity at the time of his induction.

Duane takes an active role in contributing to the legacy of Jazz in Detroit with his Saxville Avenue Record label.  Saxville has released several productions, including Duane’s recent CD entitled “Martin’s Dream” whereas he has been license by the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to release his music and poetry that includes parts of the original speech that was recorded in Detroit,  “I Have A Dream.” 

As a performer, Duane Parham has opened for noted Motivational Speakers Les Brown and Iyanla Vanzant, R&B and Soul singers Anita Baker, Martha Reeves, Freda Payne and Spider Turner.  Duane has also performed alongside gospel greats Michael Matthews, The Clark Sisters, The legendary Shirley Caesar and Rance Allen.

In July 2010, Duane opened for the legendary George Duke at the 15th  Annual Trenton Jazz Festival along with Saxophonist Euge Groove and Guitarist Tim Bowman.  Also in July, 2010, Duane opened the Metro Jazz Festival in Warren, Michigan along with fellow jazz saxophonists Nelson Rangell, Mindi Abair and Spyro Gyra.

August 2012, Duane was nominated and voted “Best Horn Player of the Year,” by the Detroit Black Music Award.  Also, in the same month Duane received a testimonial resolution and the Spirit of Detroit Award for his documentary DVD production,

“The Unsung Musicians of the Motown Empire.”  It’s all about the legendary horn players that played for Motown and their names were never mentioned.

In the same month 2012, Duane extended his voice worldwide as a radio Internet DJ on KATS Radio / . Every Sunday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. E.S.T.

Duane’s talents reach beyond just making music.  He has written, produced, directed and performed in the musical drama, “Alone in This World” a play focusing on the strength of family, the perils of drug abuse, and the spiritual uplifting from Gospel and Jazz music in the church.

Along with his many artistic pursuits, Duane still finds time to share his gifts with young people who are looking to develop their musical talents.  Duane has taught music at Marygrove College at the Continuing Education Kid’s College Department, where he showcased local talent.  He also taught music at St. Ambrose Academy Middle School in Detroit, MI.

True to his gospel roots, Duane serves as a saxophonist at Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, and formally served at Transforming Love Community Church, for 8 years where he serves as the Minister of Music.