Joan and Marcus Belgrave

Joan Belgrave

Joan and Marcus Belgrave

Marcus Belgrave





Joan and Marcus Belgrave

A Double Birthday Celebration! Kerrytown Club Series

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  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Joan Belgrave, vocals
  • Marcus Belgrave, trumpet
  • Michael Malis, piano
  • Josef Deas, bass
  • Gayelynn McKinney, drums

Event Details

This performance is sponsored by the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association. This performance is also supported by the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at Kerrytown Concert House. 

Joan Belgrave

Vocalist, producer, songwriter, Joan, began her musical career like so many others, singing inthe choir of the Baptist church. Her musical education continued while studying classical voice. Her versatility as a musical stylist has allowed her to perform as a vocalist in various genres of music from Jazz, Blues, and Gospel to Soul. A powerful voice and her own jazzy/blues style, her 2005 release CD “Variations” embodies all of this and more. Her CD Grammy nominated jazz project, “Excitable”- (2009) brings together a young New Orleans virtuoso pianist with veteran players, mixing the old with the new, with music that “jumps off the paper”. Her latest hit single "Hey Love" (2013), shows her sultry/romantic style, and composition skills. The CD “You Don’t Know Me” (2006) - Marcus Belgrave’s tribute to New Orleans, Ray Charles and the Great Ladies of Song , as well as “Marcus Charlie & Joan.. Once Again” (2009) are hit collaborations with Jazz Masters Marcus Belgrave & New Orleans Saxophonist, Charlie Gabriel, with new arrangements that will keep you wanting more!! Joan both a strong soloist as well as an eager ensemble member. She is a Lead vocalist with the Motown Legends Gospel Choir and a touring Lead Vocalist with Marcus Belgrave’s Louis Armstrong, & Ray Charles Tribute Jazz Ensembles. Her experience as a former Lead vocalist with New Orleans' Charlie Gabriel’s Traditional Jazz Ensemble adds that extra bit of Gumbo.

Dazzling Audiences with performances Detroit’s, Legendary Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, CliffBells, Sold out performance at Detroit’s Player’s Playhouse Theatre!~!!... Chicago’s Andy’s JazzClub, The Toronto Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Huntsville, Ontario Jazz Festival, Kerrytown Concert House, Lansing MI, with Wes Anderson, Randy Gelispie & Marcus Belgrave. Whether she is performing with a traditional big band, or a small ensemble of skilled musicians, listen closely and find yourself transported on a musical journey from the 30’s to the present, including sweet love songs, sorrowful blues, and swinging beats.

Marcus Belgrave

Detroit’s legendary, jazz master, trumpeter was born in Chester, PA. He is best known for his long association in playing with Ray Charles. More recently, at the request of Wynton Marsalis, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he represented Detroit as part of the Lincoln Center Motor City Jazz Masters tribute, which also included Yusef Lateef, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson, and Ron Carter. A true musical Renaissance man, there isn’t much trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, recording artist and producer Marcus Belgrave can’t boast is on his curriculum vitae. He is a professor of music at Oberlin University, and is the co-founder of the Jazz Studies Program at the Detroit Metro Arts Complex and the Jazz Development Workshop in Detroit. His career as a player has intersected with an unparalleled variety of musicians across musical generations including Ray Charles (extensively in collaboration), Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Eric Dolphy, Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis and Joe Henderson. He has acted as a mentor to, as well as recording with, pianist Geri Allen, bassist Bob Hurst, alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Named the official Jazz Master Laureate for the city of Detroit, the collective impact of Belgrave’s mind, music and vision is felt across the spectrum of identities for which he has become rightfully recognized both within and outside of the jazz community. (

Michael Malis

Michael Malis is a pianist and composer from the Detroit area. He started playing the piano at age five, and started writing music shortly thereafter. In high school, he began his studies in earnest with Detroit jazz piano legend Bess Bonnier. After high school, he attended the University of Michigan, where he studied with the eminent jazz pianist Geri Allen. While at Michigan, he had the honor of representing the University as a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of their ongoing "Conservatory Project" concert series. As a composer, he was awarded "Best Musical Score" in the 2011 Lightworks Film Festival for his score to the short film "Slash/Fiction." Since then, heʼs continued to write music for film, and recently composed the musical score for the play “The Mute Quire”, which premiered at the New Theater Project in June.
As a performer, Malis has shared the stage with a diverse array of musicians, including local jazz luminaries Andrew Bishop, Vincent York, and Vincent Chandler. He currently performs with the Dennis Coffey Group, lead by former Motown Funk Brother Dennis Coffey. He also performs with Detroitʼs Planet D Nonet, as well as the Michele Ramo Group. In addition, he frequently appears with some of Detroit and Ann Arborʼs finest hip hop talent, including MC Kadence (of Someothaship Connect), Tree City, and the Abolitionists. In addition, Malis leads his own projects; among them a trio which showcases his original music, and the Malis-Syropolous Duo, a group which focuses on creating connections between jazz and traditional Greek folk music.

Gayelynn McKinney

Born and raised in Detroit to legendary jazz pianist Harold Mckinney, Gayelynn’s drumming style is electric, transitioning from jazz to latin to rock to funk. She is a woman with many facets. Her signature style of drumming can be seen through her uncanny improvisation, power , speed and always-present deliberate control. She is a founding member of the Detroit based, Grammy nominated all-female jazz group Straight Ahead. She is also a saxophonist and vocalist. She has played with Aretha Franklin, Carlos Mckinney, Geri Allen, Regina Carter and continues to play and record with mentor, Marcus Belgrave.