November 5, 2017

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November 8, 2017
The Straits

An Evening of Poetry and Live Music

November 30, 2017
Epic Movement: Single Release Concert

A celebration of the release of their new single "Stealth".

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September 10, 2018
Music Hall Jazz Jam Session

Hosted by Scott Gwinnell Trio. Ongoing Sundays 6-9pm. Free, no opening set

Events for October 2013
3 October
Ill 'O Ween

Join us Thursday, October 31st @ Detroit's historic Jazz Cafe for a night music and more music. 
Hosted by MIC PHELPS.
Hip Hop 
 Whatever...its welcome here. 
Come and share your music on our open mic or just chill, listen and enjoy the Jazz Cafe's beautiful atmosphere. 
Performing Live:

5 October



Billy is back to one of his favorite rooms to create music.

 "Music will tell the world who you are, based on what you present and how you present it. You can't lie through this medium.  "Therefore I find myself trying again to connect the dots, to learn. Through this relationship with Asere and the music we make together, it's helping me to connect. I'm reconnecting with my roots in Panama in order to see my future better through this clearer view of my past."
 And as with any artistic endeavor, the personal becomes the universal, and Billy Cobham's most recent musical journey-back to his beginnings-will be shared and savored by his listeners around the world.

11 October
A Man Can Change #15: Waxing/Waning

Joel Fluent Greene is a Detroit based Poet, MC and promoter who had been supplying stages for up and coming performers and events for the public for over 17 years. He has performed and shared the stage with artists like The Roots, Eminem, Chrisette Michelle, Common, Talib Kweli, Big Sean, Ledisi, Raheem Devaughn, J Dilla, Wyclef Jean, and many more. He is also one of the main architects of the current Detroit open mic poetry scene who began his career in performance hosting at Detroit's Cafe Mahogany. During Fluent's 3 years as host of its legendary Tuesday night open mics, Cafe Mahogany saw local talents, in town celebrities, and future greats come through its doors. Although closed since 2000, Mahogany remains a sacred place in Detroit Poetry lore and has inspired countless poems, a play, and even a song by soul singer, Dwele.
Over the years Fluent has also helped nurture a love of poetry for Detroit area students, this includes helping spearhead a collaboration between Detroit's Music Hall and local McDonald’s franchises where 160,000 “Words and Rhythms of the D” books were distributed to 60+ McDonald's restaurants, showcasing the poetry of Detroit High School Students. Whether its performing, providing opportunities for others or hosting legendary events, Joel Fluent Greene is a Detroit original who is committed to our city.
Join us Friday, October 11th at Jazz Cafe @ Music Hall for the 15th edition of his hit performance series, A MAN CAN CHANGE. Fluent will be performing all new work with the assistance of future legend and one of Detroit's best djembe player/percussionist, Sowande Keita. The show is titled 'WAXING/waning' and is an exciting and rhythmic new body of work dedicated to our relationship with the moon. 
Poems...rhymes...drums...and special guests. The ILLEST affair of the Fall season. 
See you there!!! ILL.

Also Featuring:
 and MORE!!!
Hosted by Joel Fluent Greene
Friday, October 11th
 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.

12 October
Musique Noire

Join the acclaimed group Musique Noire ( as they return to the Jazz Café for a performance of their signature blend of jazz and world music.  Musique Noire is a woman-led strings and percussion ensemble, nominated for multiple Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding World Group. Members, who reside in Detroit and Chicago, are veteran professionals who perform extensively nationally and internationally.  Led by violinist/flutist Michelle May, the core ensemble includes Leslie Deshazor Adams on viola, Leah Lucas Celebi on violin and viola, and JoVia Armstrong on percussion.  Joining the ladies of Musique Noire will be Keith Beber on percussion and Rydell Smith on guitar as well as other special guests.  Their live shows have won them fans in the Detroit area, across Michigan and in several performances in Chicago, most recently opening the inaugural Chicago Jazz String Summit.  Their music projects (two CD releases) have sold across the U.S. and around the world and gained airplay on over 60 U.S. stations.

17 October
Naima Shamborguer

In Accord's Jazz Discovery Series presents Naima Shamborguer 7pm $10  Naima carries on the great jazz tradition of Sarah Vaughan, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Carmen McRae. In her newest CD, 'Round Midnight, Naima offers three new works of her own compositions and performs favorite standards with exciting new arrangements by Larry Willis.

18 October
Classical Jam

Classical Jam presented by Chamber Music Society of Detroit

Friday, October 18, 2013 at 8pm  (Jazz Café)  ADV.$30 DOS $40


Classical Jam (CJ) is committed to the presentation of engaging, lively, and high-caliber performances to diverse audiences.  Known for their sparkling style and creative concert programs, CJ unites acclaimed soloists and chamber musicians for performances that delight both new and established classical music audiences. Their wide-ranging repertoire includes traditional classical works,exciting improvisations, commissioned new works, and CJ original compositions

24 October
Detroit Tonight Live

October 24, Thursday 7-9:00pm M. L. Liebler Presents Detroit Tonight Live at The Jazz Cafe at The Music Hall with special guests John Jeffire, Suzanne Scarfone, Alise Alousi, Mindy LaPere, Linda Nemec Foster, Edward Morin & folk revivalist in the Alan Lomax tradition Leonardo. Plenty of Close, Inexpensive Parking, Free Admission and Open to All Ages. The Music Hall located at 350 Madison across from The Gem Theater, Ford Field & Comerica Park-close safe lighted parking

25 October
Dionne Farris Russell Gunn

Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8pm& 10 pm (Jazz Café)  ADV. $30 DOS $40


Jazz Cafe is proud to present the one-two punch of Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter Russell Gunn and his Quartet featuring Grammy-winning vocalist Dionne Farris , as they combine for a very special two nights (2 sets each night). The Russell Gunn Quartet ensures an eclectic genre bending experience that fuses Ms. Farris multi-faceted vocalability which melds, hip-hop, pop, soul, gospel, R&B and now with this innovative Quartet, she adds Jazz to her repertoire.

Events for October 2013