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The Witches wsg Ken's Loud Band

Troy Gregory: Lead Vocals
Craig Adams: Guitar, Vocals
Stefan Carr: Bass
Mary Alice: Keyboard, Vocals
Eugene Strobe: Drums, Vocals

City Square

DecemberSky 17614 Coral Gables Avenue/Lathrup Village, MI 48076/info.decembersky@gmail.com/248.250.3803 January 28, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CITY SQUARE Preview Event What: CITY SQUARE, a new musical written and produced by Marvin Thompson Jr. and directed by Elizabeth Jones, will premiere April 24th in Detroit, Michigan. Join us for a special preview of this exciting production as we kickoff our fundraising campaign in support of CITY SQUARE. Meet the actors, production team and supporters that will help bring this story to the stage. This preview event is free and open to the public. When: Saturday, February 21, 2015. 6-8p. Where: Jazz Cafe at Musical Hall, 350 Madison Avenue, Detroit MI 48226. Info: For more information: info.decembersky@gmail.com or call 248.250.3803. Follow us on social media: Facebook: City Square Musical Twitter: @citysqremusical ###

Big Money Poetry Slam

JoelFluentGreenePRESENTS.
THE BIG MONEY POETRY SLAM!!!
Join us, Friday, February 27
Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
350 Madison, Downtown Detroit.
Doors 8PM. Showtime 9PM
Slam registraion $10
General admission $10
15 of Detroit's BEST in poetry will battle it out for $300!!!
Hosted by Joel Fluent Greene
w/ Music by 
Soundcircle DJs Andre Royster & Righteous Knowledge
Great poetry...soulful music...$5 drink specials & our Detroit Based Vendors Marketplace.
THIS WILL BE EPIC! BE THERE!
RULES:
3 Rounds
15 poets.
$10 registration fee. 
NO REFUNDS (Show up!)
Must use original poems. 
No time limit.
No props.
There will be 4 preselected judges. Judges will remain a secret until event day.
Slam will be scored using the decimal system. Ex: 8.7
Highest score allowed is 10.
First round will include all 15 poets.
Second round will consist of the top 9 highest scoring poets from round one.
Third round will consist of the top 3 highest scoring poets from round 2.
1ST PLACE: $300 CASH (Paid immediately after the slam)
2nd PLACE: GIFT BAG.
3RD PLACE: GIFT BAG.
All poets must arrive NO LATER than 8:30PM, day of show. Late arrival = LOSING YOUR SPOT.
Slam starts at 9PM.
MORE QUESTIONS? Email Joel Fluent Greene @
Joelgreene7@gmail.com

C. Alexander

Feb 28th, 2015 8PM 
Tickets $10 Advance Slightly Higher at The Door

Purchase Tickets at: Neptix.com

C. Alexander
Through his continued love for all things music, it has led him to work with various artists, in multiple genres of music. He has to always remember his late great grandmother Stenis Ousley (1914-1991), who traveled this great country letting the world share her vocal gifts. Also noted, his grandmother Delores (Ousley)Fields (1934) whom started with Motown Records in the very beginning as a copy-writer and background vocalists. He cherishes and is also humbled by the blessing the God has bestowed upon him and displays that each time he performs. Giving it his all in every show down to the very last note. 

Crack 'Em Up Wednesdays

Detroit Tonight Live

Irish-American Poet and Metro Detroit Writer Ama Carey Barr
  Kresge Fellowship Winner for Creative Non Fiction Carolyn Walker
        Bilingual-Detroit Poet and  Performance Poet BerHenda Williams
                Detroit Poet, Songwriter and Founding Editor of Howling Dog Literary Magazine Mark Donovan
   
                          Metro Detroit Singer-Songwriter Extraordinaire Michelle Held 
                            FREE  FREE                                      OPEN TO ALL

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R.J. Spangler Trio w/ Ralph Tope & Duncan McMillan

November 1, 9pm $5

The RJ Spangler Trio is all about the organ/guitar/drums format. If you dig Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Jack McDuff, then this group is for you.  

RJ (drums) has been playing with Duncan McMillan (organ) & Ralph Tope (guitar) for a number of years & last year the Eastlawn label released their debut CD called "This Is What We Do. The Trio held down a steady Wednesday night gig at Cliff Bell's Jazz Club in downtown for four years.On November 1st, the RJ Spangler will be playing swinging renditions of fairly obscure tunes from the Great American Song Book as well as funky organ jazz standards. http://www.rjspangler.com

http://eastlawnrecords.com/releases.htm

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Dominick Shelton

November 2, 8pm

Keeping it warm into the Fall , The longest running all Live R&B Music showcase of its kind in Detroit, R&B LIVE DETROIT continues to bring it with the hottest R&B in the "D"!! 

R&B LIVE DETROIT presents . .
 an intimate evening of Live Soul with Soul vocalist 
 DOMINICK SHELTON
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHUh. ..

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 MILE HIGH....https://www.facebook.com/mile.high.. ..

CIERA WILLIAMS 

SOPHIA JANELL..http://www.reverbnation.com/sophiaj. ..

It all goes down

SATURDAY NOV. 2 at the MUSIC HALL JAZZ CAFE'350 MADISON (DOWNTOWN ACROSS FROM FORD FIELD& 36 DISTRICT COURT)

ADV. TIX/ 12.00 DOOR/ 15.00

++SPECIAL VIP GIFT BAGS WITH ADVANCE PURCHASE++

TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT WWW.NEPTIX.COM

**SPECIAL INVITE TO ALL MEDIA PERSONELL COVERING THE EVENT AND ALL ARTISTS AND INDUSTRY PERSONELL

FOR MORE INFO CALL 313. 471. 4724 / 1stmynd@gmail.comWE, ARE MOTOWN. AND THIS, IS WHAT WE DO!!

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Music and Birthday Celebration for Dee

November 6, 7pm $15

MIDWEEK BLUES GOT YOU DOWN? THEN PICK YOURSELF UP AND JOIN US AT THE JAZZ CAFE FOR THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF "D" OF D-NOTE & COMPANY WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2013 @ 7PM. ADMISSION IS ONLY $15 PER PERSON AT THE DOOR AND INCLUDES LIVE BAND (D-NOTE & COMPANY), COMEDY, POETRY, OPEN MIC, AND MUCH MORE. THERE WILL ALSO BE DRINK SPECIALS AND FOOD.

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Malik Alston

November 7, 8pm $5

Beyond JazzMalik Alston QuartetJazz Cafe Music Hall Center for the Performing ArtsThursday, November 7, 20137 p.m. - 11 p.m.$10.00Blaze the edge of your senses with heat from the Malik Alston Quartet. Beyond Jazz features Malik Alston, Gabe Gonzalez, Bubs Fiddler, and Dave McMurray, for a sublime evening. This set delivers premium fusion, house and funk wrapped in the magic of jazz. Aficionados of fine music will appreciate the diverse flavors, as the quartet soars to the outer limits. Special guest Badriyyah Wazeerud-Din brings exquisite, dynamic vocals. Beyond Jazz – oh, yes it is, indeed.Malik Alston fuses a multitude of styles to create a new innovation in sound. He has delighted audiences in the United States and abroad, inviting them into his unique world of sound. His use of keyboards, voice, effects and composition sets a new standard. Malik has performed and shared the stage with Dwele, Les Nubians, Amp Fiddler, Martin Luther, Sky Covington, Paul Randolph, MonicaBlaire, Marcus Belgrave, Allan Barnes, Baatin, and Robert Glasper, among many artists. He has written and produced for many artists, including Neco Redd, Maurissa Rose, Souldeacon, Sean Blackman, Craig Huckaby, Alton Miller, Recloose, John Arnold, :brownstudy, LaVeda Davis, Roy Davis, Jr., Al McKenzie, Doc Link, The Linwood Ensemble, Painted Pictures, Javontte, Badriyyah Wazeerud-Din and Howard Wazeerud-Din II. Malik is the CEO of his label, Truth Manifest Records, founded in 1997. He continues to be a creative vessel and convey passion in his music, with new and exciting projects soon to be released on Truth Manifest. Gabe Gonzalez is a master drummer, well-versed in many genres of music. His powerful, funky and diverse approach to his instrument has taken him around the world. Gabe has had the pleasure of performing with many artists, including the P-Funk All Stars, Enema Squad (aka Enemy Squad), 420 Mob, The Process, David Winans Pi, Malik Alston & The Linwood Ensemble, The MistersHip, Gabe Gonzilla Monsters Trio, G.T.O. and the Kenny Olson Project. His artistry and production skills have earned recognition at the 2012 Detroit Music Awards as Outstanding Electronic Dance Writer/Producer. Gabe received nods at the 2011 Detroit Black Music Awards, including an award as Funk Artist of the Year and a nomination for Best Funk Instrumentalist.Bubs Fiddler plays the bass with fire and finesse, incorporating straight-ahead jazz, funk, fusion, and R & B. His smooth, seductive sound has entranced audiences at home and abroad. Bubs has performed and recorded with Faruq Z. Bey, George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars, Amp Fiddler, Larry Fratangelo, Michael Brock, Moodymann, Three Chairs, Generations, Davina and Inner City, among many artists. He is an accomplished writer and producer, and has worked with many artists.Dave McMurray began playing tenor saxophone in his youth and gained experience playing in Detroit clubs. He was influenced by John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, and by Detroit veteran Willie Metcalf. Dave gained further experience on the road with blues guitarist Albert Collins and has performed with pop, funk and rap artists. It is this eclectic mixture of influences and interests that have helped him develop a following among many audiences. His blending of jazz and rap caught the imaginations of many. Dave has toured as the musical director and featured soloist with Motown R&B artist KEM. He also tours as a featured soloist with Kid Rock. Dave has performed and toured with Bob James, Was (Not Was), Chuck Loeb, and the Geri Allen Electric Band. He has recorded with Was (Not Was), Gladys Knight, Bob Dylan, the B-52's, the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bootsy Collins, Nancy Wilson, Bob James and Iggy Pop, among many artists.Badriyyah Wazeerud-Din is an accomplished vocalist and lyricist. She uses her silky, multi-octave range in many genres, including jazz, soul, gospel, funk and classical music. Badriyyah has performed with many artists, including Painted Pictures, The Linwood Ensemble, Malik Alston, Allan Barnes, Blue Nefertiti of Les Nubians, Javontte, Craig Huckaby, Phil Hale, Paul Randolph, Dwayne Jensen, Sean Blackman, Yolanda Day, Omega, Joshua Adams, Howard Wazeerud-Din II, Neco Redd. She has written and recorded with Malik Alston, Veronique, Painted Pictures, The Linwood Ensemble, and Marissa Guzman, to name a few.

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A Man Can Change #16

November 8, 9pm $10

Join us for a night of REAL words by some of the cities REALEST wordsmiths. This show is all about speaking from the CORE...the SOUL.
 
 FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED SOON!!!
 
 OPEN MIC
 POETRY
 MUSIC
 DRINK SPECIALS
 FULL FOOD MENU
 VENDORS
 and MORE!!!
 
 Hosted by Joel Fluent Greene
 
 Music by DJ LaJedi
 
 Friday, November 8th
 Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
 350 Madison. Downtown Detroit
 Doors open at 8pm. Show starts at 9pm (Arrive early for better seating options) Tickets are $10 and are only available at the door day of show.
 
 ANOTHER DOPE ILLPLAYBILL SHOW??? Don't hear about it...BE THERE!!!

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Marvin Thompson Jr.

November 9, 7pm $10/$12

Marvin Thompson Jr. hosts Songwriters & Storytellers

Keyboardist Marvin Thompson Jr. and his band perform. Special guests include singer/songwriter Jill Grandison ,
 poet Nathan Drizz Johnson .
 Tickets: $10/advanced, $12/door.
 To purchase tickets: www.decembersky.ticketleap.com/november9

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Elle Casazza

November 14, 8pm, $8

Elle Casazza  personifies her music, bold fearless and ethereal. Based in Chicago, Elle writes and performs music that is the love child of blues, soul, jazz and pop. "There's no one way to describe the music I write, it's a culmination of all the music I love to sing." Her powerful vocals send chills to those who listen. Elle performs along with the Elle Casazza Band to create an energetic live show that won't soon be forgotten.

Listening to Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, KT Tunstall, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald have influenced Elle’s eclectic writing style. Elle has performed at Daley Plaza, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Ace Bar, SPACE, the Jazz Showcase, and other venues in the Chicago area.

Elle’s debut EP For Your Pleasure  was released in the Spring of 2013. The EP shows off all of the styles Elle sings in, each song acting as a window into her life. Elle is looking forward to what 2013 has to offer.

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L-13 Band

November 16, 8pm $5

L-13 band is a family oriented group that continues to receive high acclaim through -out the music industry,they do it all,R&B jazz,the motown sound,old school,top 40,rock,&ROLL,and blues.they performed through out detroit,at the princess boat,the scarab club,marygrove college,belle isle detroit yacht club,and a host of fund raisers. the band members are joe bell bass,sandy percussions, pro on drums,mike dobbs- on keys.mike hicks lead guitar,sassie bleu lead/background vocals,will-lead/background vocals,and magic mike lead/background vocals.so let L-13 take you on a fantastic voyage and keep it real with there music.

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Mike Stern

November 19, 8pm & 10pm $30/$40

(Detroit, MI)  Guitaristextraordinaire, Mike Stern , returnsagain to the cozy confines of the JazzCafe On Tuesday, November 19th   for two sets at 8 and 10PM. Sternwill be accompanied by Tom Kennedy onBass  and Richie Morales on drums .

Since his days with Blood Sweat & Tears in themid-1970s, followed by stints with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis’ band in the‘80s, and a solo career that now spans more than 25 years, guitarist MikeStern  has used his jazz roots as a starting point for exploring a range ofalternate territories that include R&B, rock, swing, funk, world music andnumerous other regions along the musical topography. The recipient of GuitarPlayer magazine’s Certified Legend Award for 2012, he’s an artist who’s notafraid to bring numerous styles and ideas – however diverse – into the sameplace just to see what happens.

All Over the Place  is Stern’s latest recordingon Heads Up International , a divisionof Concord Music Group. Set for release on June 19, 2012, the 11-song setaligns the characteristically diverse and adventurous guitarist with a cadre ofbrilliant guests, including trumpeter Randy Brecker; saxophonist Kenny Garrett;and drummers Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock and Lionel Cordew. Also on hand is adelegation of high-caliber electric and acoustic bass players: EsperanzaSpalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, TomKennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey.

In a career that spans three decades and a discography thatincludes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, six-time GRAMMYnominee Mike Stern  has established himself as one of the premier jazzand jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.

Mini Bio-

Born in Boston in January 1953, Stern grew up in Washington,DC, then returned to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. Aftercollege, he got his start as a guitar player with Blood, Sweat & Tears atage 22. Following a brief stint with Billy Cobham’s powerhouse fusion band from1979 to 1980, he moved to New York City, where he was recruited by Miles Davisto play a key role in Miles’ celebrated comeback band of 1981 (which alsoincluded bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Al Foster, percussionist Mino Cineluand saxophonist Bill Evans). During his three-year period with Miles, Sternappeared on three recordings with the jazz maestro – Man with the Horn , StarPeople  and the live We Want Miles . He toured with Jaco Pastorius’Word of Mouth Band from 1983 through 1985 and returned to Miles’ lineup for asecond tour of duty that lasted close to a year.

A more detailed bio can be found here-  http://mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com/33186/bio.html

Tickets:
Ticket prices are $30 (advance)& $40 (door).  To buy tickets at Music Hall Box Office visitaddress at 350 Madison Ave., Detroit, MI.  Call 313.887.8501 for BoxOffice

Or www.ticketmaster.com

Jazz Cafe

350 Madison

Detroit, MI 48226

313 887-8500

www.jazzcafe.detroit.com     www.musichall.org

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Detroit Tonight Live

November 21, 7pm FREE!!!

John D. Lamb well known Detroit area singer songwriter
Melinda Phillips Southern Gothic Jewish Novelist
Pat Barnes acclaimed Metro Detroit Poet
Leigh Mosley Detroit poet and slam champ
Anita Schmaltz innovative, experimental poet, artist and musician 

Ted Nagy singer songwriter formerly of The a Magic Poetry Band

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Ingenious Band

November 27, 8pm $10

Kamal Smith (vocals), Arica Lorick (vocals), Freeman Spells (Bass), William Jones (Keys), Terrence Neal (Drums), Thomas Mehall (Guitar), Shavon Johnson (Sousaphone/congas), Melanie White (trombone), Dameon Gabriel (trumpet)

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Dion Price

November 29, 8pm

BLACK FRIDAY takes on a whole new Meaning as , The longest running all Live R&B Music showcase of its kind in Detroit, R&B LIVE DETROIT continues to bring it with the hottest R&B in the "D"!!

R&B LIVE DETROIT W GRAND SLAMM RECORDS

presents . .

an intimate evening of Live Soul with GRAND SLAMM RECORDING ARTIST

DION PRICE

http://www.dionprice.com/

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KATRINA CARSN\ON. . . www.katrinacarson.com

NATE CALLOWAY..... http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdw7I3c0wh8Sgl4PCr5_vDw?feature=watch

KRISTIAN DELAYNE ..http://www.reverbnation.com/kristiandelayne

AND JOIN US FOR

+++A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION HONORING++++++

        MUSIC CONSULTANT

        CORI BLACK

- See more at: http://www.neptix.com/events/1745#sthash.I2V2Lxe6.dpuf

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Dave Sharp CD Release

November 30, 8pm $5

Bassist, composer and band leader   Dave Sharp  and his band "Secret 7" celebrate the release of his new CD "WORLDS" (National Release Date Nov 19, 2013), the follow-up to his acclaimed Secret 7 release "7." "WORLDS" is an expansive soundscape featuring his brand of ‘World Jazz” music. Recognized in the JazzTimes 2010 Critic’s Poll, Dave Sharp’s Secret 7 masterfully blends rhythms, sounds, textures – and musicians – from across the globe. This evening of "World Jazz" music will feature Chris Kaercher on Saxophone, Dan Bennet on Baritone Saxophone and Clarinet, Gayelynne McKinney on Drums, Carolyn Koebel on Percussion and John Churchville on Tabla, and Dave Sharp on Electric and Upright Bass. http://www.davesharp.com

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