Friday, February 14, 2014

- Some Jazzy stuff - 02/14----03/15----2014 -

2-14, Friday, Valentine's Day! (Note: the Motown Legends Gospel Choir will perform On WJBK Fox News at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 12). The Motown Legends Gospel Choir under the direction of the Contours' Al Chisolm (musical director Kier Ward) performs at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Two shows – 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Free with museum entry. The performance will be a mix of gospel songs as well as love songs from the Original Vandellas, Mark Scott of the Miracles, Joan Belgrave, the Contours, and EJ Johnson of the Enchantments.

2-14, Friday, Valentine's Day! Steinway artist and theatre organist extraordinaire Pierre Fracalanza performs the music of Nat King Cole, organist Buddy Cole, and composer Cole Porter, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, Open to the public, a donation of $15 per person and $25 per family is suggested. 26165 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, just east of the intersection of Eleven Mile and Farmington Roads. Ample free parking. Further details about the Performing Arts Series at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington are available at For more information, please call 248-474-6170, ext. 208.

2-14, Friday, Valentine's Day Dinner Dance with the Gary Greenfelder Orchestra and Brian "Sinatra" Bagozzi, St. Lawrence K of C Hall, 44425 Utica Road, Utica, MI, doors open at 6 p.m., Dinner and Dancing 7 p.m. until midnight. Advance tickets $25 ($30 at the door), call Tom at 586-247-1034.

2-14, Friday, Valentine's Day Jazz Explosion starring Jonathon Butler and Maysa from incognito, with a special tribute to George Duke, Music Hall, 350 Madison, Detroit, MI, tickets through ticket master or the Music Hall Box Office 313) 887-8501.

2-14, Friday, Valentine's Day! Andy Perri Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Blue Point Restaurant, 17131 E. Warren, Detroit.

2-14, Friday,  Valentine's Day! Michele Ramo on 8-string guitar with Heidi Hepler – voice, Jenuwine Cigar Factory Outlets, 8-11 p.m., #1 Cigar Lounge in Michigan. 44791 Schoenherr Rd., Sterling Heights,

2-14, Friday, Valentine's Day! Toty Viola solo guitar at Tre Monti (Hour Magazine 2013 Restaurant of the Year Winner), 1695 E Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI (in the back of the San Marino Club).

2-15 Saturday afternoon, The Greater Detroit Jazz Society Jazz at Shield's concert features Dr. James Dapogny and his Quartet, featuring Heather Schwartz on vocals. Jim, on piano, will be accompanied by Mike Karoub on cello, Rod McDonald on guitar and Joe Fee on bass. 1-4 p.m., $10 cover. Shield's of Southfield, 25101 Telegraph Road (at 10 mile), Southfield, 48033. Please see attached flier for the details.

2-15, 2-22, Saturday, vocalist Meri Slaven with pianist Kevin Grenier, at Pages Food and Spirits, 23621 Farmington Rd., downtown Farmington.

2-15, Saturday, Planet D Nonet at the Commonwealth Club for their Valentine's Swing Dance, 30088 Dequindre, Warren, Doors open at 5:30 p.m., $20/ticket. Planet D's inaugural foray at this most British of venues. Dancing, dinner drinks and good times. All welcome. Dance to classics by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basis, Benny Moten, Johnny Mercer, etc. If purchasing tickets on-line (recommended) PLEASE ensure you have completed the "shipping" details! Thank you! Justin Jozwiak / alto sax & cl, Jim Holden / tenor sax & cl, Joshua James / bari & alto sax, cl, James O’Donnell / trumpet, flügelhorn & vocal, Ken Ferry / trumpet & flügelhorn, John "T-Bone" Paxton / trombone & vocal, Michael Zaporski / piano, Gwendolyn Mary MacPhee / string bass, RJ Spangler / drums & bandleader, Doors Open at 6:30 Dinner at 7:00 Entertainment at 8:00,

2-15, and every Saturday,  Huerto Restaurant and Tequila Bar  8:00pm -11:30 p.m. Toty Viola guitar/vocals with Greg (Greco) Freeman on Percussion,  
6199 Orchard Lake Road, north of W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield tel:248.865.2900 Latin Jazz, Salsa, dancing, great food and margaritas!

2-16 – Sunday, Jazz at the Rec' Bowl The Rec' Bowl is located at 40 Crocker Blvd, Mt. Clemens, 48043. Phone 586-468-7746.
2-16– Tip Hayes and Mixed Company 
2-23 – Paul VornHagen Trio with Paul on tenor, Chuck Shermetaro on piano and John Barron on bass
2-27 – Sandra Bomar on vocals
3-2  – The Dave Bennett Trio
3-9 – Carl Cafagna and Friends
3-16 – Tip Hayes and Mixed Company
3-23 – John Hammer Trio
3-30 – Dave Bennett Trio

2-16, Sunday. 
James Dapogny and Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings play at Zal Gaz Grotto. 5 or 6 p.m.? Admission $7, $5 for students and seniors. Zal Gaz Grotto located at 2070 Stadium Boulevard in Ann Arbor, between Liberty and Pauline and across from the Ann Arbor west side Post Office. The Grotto has a light menu, a bar, free parking, a dance floor, no steps (except on the dance floor), an unusually friendly and welcoming audience, a 7-foot Yamaha grand piano, and an unusual hot ten-piece jazz band.

2-16, Sunday, TUMBAO BRAVO performs Hot Cuban Jazz at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Rd., Rochester, 48307, 2-3 p.m.

2-16, Sunday, B'Jazz Vespers @ First Baptist Church presents The Sandra Bomar Quartet – "The Romance of Jazz, Hot & Cool, featuring Harvey Reed on piano, Glenn Oliveron bass, Paul Finkbeiner on trumpet and Sandra Bomar on vocals. 300 Willits, Downtown Birmingham, 248-644-0550.

2-16, Sunday (every), jazz guitarist/vocalist Toty Viola and percussionist/vocalist Greco Freeman at LaDolce Vita, 17546 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48203 from noon-3 p.m. for their Jazz Brunch. Later that evening, 6:30 pm - 9:30pm, Toty Viola Guitar/vocals at La Dolce Vita, 17546 Woodward Ave, Detroit.,  E-mail 

2-16, Sunday (every), Ingrid Racine Quartet at the Gandy Dancer, 10 a.m. brunch, 734-769-0592, 401 Depot Street in Ann Arbor. Call to make sure she's playing that day!

2-16, Sunday, Michele Ramo on 8 String Guitar, Heidi Hepler voice, Trattoria Da Luigi, 7-10 p.m., 415 S. Washington Avenue, Royal Oak, 248-542-4444, reservations suggested.

2-17, Monday, Ann Arbor,  While Paul is touring the world with Diana Krall, the music goes on. The 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra performs at their steady gig at Zal Gaz Grotto. PKO plays tonight and every Monday night from 7 till 9:45 PM at Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline) on the west side of Ann Arbor. Good food and drinks available at Zal Gaz Grotto. Special student high school and college bands will play a 30 minute set on PKO's break. All year long, the Paul Keller Orchestra celebrates its 25th season!Abundant, safe and FREE PARKING. No steps. Come enjoy great big band music and enjoy Ann Arbor's beloved Monday Night big band tradition with PKO.

2-20, Third Thursday,  Anything Goes" with Kerry Price at the Dakota Inn, 
 7:00-9:30 p.m., great sing-along. Located on John R just north of McNichols (6 Mile) in Detroit. Good German food and drink, lighted and guarded parking lot, reservations recommended, 313-856-9722.

2-20, Third Thursday, the Riverboat Ramblers with Bob Ervin, Patrick MacCarroll and Brian Newsom, playing old standards from the 20s and 30s at The Commonwealth Club, 30088 Dequindre Road, Warren, MI 48092-1811, 586-751-9560., 7-10 p.m.

2-20, 3-6, 3-20, Thursday (1st and 3rd) Thursday each month, Gary Greenfelder Orchestra (GGO) Swing Night at Club 54 with vocalist Jennifer Jones and special guests on vocals. Gary suggests making reservations as the place has been packed lately. 
Located on Van Dyke Road just north of 16 Mile Road on the east side of the street (in the Sterling Plaza)! "We Strive to Keep Music Alive." 7-10 p.m. Call  586-795-0054. $5 cover, not much for a 19-piece band!

2-22, Saturday, 
Planet D Nonet at Marios

Planet D Nonet at the Blue Goose Inn
, 28911 Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores, 4 p.m.

2-25 Tuesday, second, 
Jazz @ The Elks happens on the last Tuesday of the month from 7 pm to 10 pm. There is a $10 donation at the door which includes hors d’oeuvres.  On Tuesday, February 25th, the Cliff Monear Trio with Vocalist Stephenie Monear will be performing. Cliff on Keyboard, Jeff Pedraz on Bass, and Scott Kretzer on Drums.  For more information, please call 734-453-1780 or or  The Lodge is located at 41700 Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth MI.

2-23, Sunday, Planet D Nonet at the Blue Goose Inn, 4 p.m., St. Clair Shores,
April 25-27, Save the date for the North American International Banjo Convention ( at the Double Tree Hotel in Dearborn

2-27, Thursday, 8:30 p.m., The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra at Cliff Bell's celebrating his marriage to Delaine Miller$10 cover, 17-piece orchestra led by award-winning composer and pianist, Scott Gwinnell.  2030 Park Avenue, Detroit, 48226.

2-27, Thursday (every 4th), Charlie Miller Quartet at the Sakana Sushi Lounge, 22914 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 48220, 248-336-2555. 8 p.m. Charlie is the son of saxophonist Russ Miller.

2-28, Friday, The World Animal Awareness Society Presents: Winter's End Ball – Dancing for the Animals at the Detroit Yacht Club, 8-11 p.m., 1 Riverbank Drive, Detroit, MI 48207. Info and Tickets (818) 561-5109, Tickets $150/$250. Please call for more info.

3-1, Saturday afternoon, The Greater Detroit Jazz Society Jazz at Shield's concert features the Cakewalkin' Jass Band of Toledo Ohio with Nicole Heitger on vocals. 1-4 p.m., $10 cover. Shield's of Southfield, 25101 Telegraph Road (at 10 mile), Southfield, 48033. Please see attached flier for the details.

3-1, Saturday, Attention: Dancers!!! All Night Entertainment presents the Battle of the Bands X at the Big3Swing Dance, Masonic Temple Crystal Ballroom in Detroit. Detroit's TnT Big Band vs. Toledo's Swingmania. These events are wonderful! The T.N.T. Big Band (formerly Dezie McCullers' Orchestra) has been performing throughout Metro Detroit since the 1950s.  They have been featured on the Ed Love Show (101.9 FM), local TV, and events too numerous to mention.  They're also the first big band to play in the oldest operating jazz club in America, "Bakers Keyboard Lounge." 15-piece Swingmania plays a wide variety of the class ic swing and big band music of Miller, Ellington, and Basie plus favorites such as Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Cole, Prima and Presley.  They have a solid hold on the swing scene in Northwest Ohio. Dancers of all skill levels are welcome. Many come just to enjoy the sights and sounds. Dress is semi-formal or vintage attire. General admission begins at 7 p.m. with a dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. The bands will battle  from 8:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There is a cash bar available throughout the evening. Recommended dress is semi-formal or vintage attire.  Tickets are $25 per person in advance or at the door. Add $5 for the optional lesson. Tables of eight may be reserved in advance at no additional charge. Secured, lighted parking is available in The Masonic Temple's north parking lot.Call 248.879.3706 or sean@djan for more details.

3-9, Sunday (second of every month), Attic Dwellers Jam Session at Paycheck's Lounge2932 Caniff in Hamtramck, 1-5 p.m. Open to all acoustic players and listeners.

3-6, first Thursday of every month. A new gig  come on out! Gabby Rosolino on flugelhorn and vocals, Jerry Neeley on keyboard/vocals, Tom Ploeger on sax, Dennis DeCello on drums, Ron Rosolino on bass and vocals at Sports Channel Bar, 7:30-10:30 p.m., 25419 Jefferson Avenue, north of 10 Mile Rd., next to Harbor Lanes, in St. Clair Shores. Phone 586-771-2333. Good selection of food and drinks at affordable prices, nice room with lots of tables. Sit-ins welcome!

3-15, Saturday afternoon, The Greater Detroit Jazz Society Jazz at Shield's concert features the TnT Big Band with vocalist Renee King Jackson, leaders are Tony DiMaria and Ted Smith. 1-4 p.m., $10 cover. Shield's of Southfield, 25101 Telegraph Road (at 10 mile), Southfield, 48033. Please see attached flier for the details.

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