Manuel Valera Trio

Born and raised in Havana, Grammy nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera since arriving in NYC has become well known in the modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Potter, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Mark Turner, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry and Pedro Martinez and classical violinist …

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Lynn Speakman and Ingrid Racine with the Roe Bickley Kramer Trio

Rick Roe and his trio return to Kerrytown Concert House to feature Lynn Speakman and Ingrid Racine. They will be performing arrangements from Lynn Speakman who has been composing music for 20 years as well as showcasing Trumpeter Ingrid Racine, who received her BFA in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan. Buy Tickets

Caleb Curtis, saxophone & Marta Sánchez, piano

Caleb Wheeler Curtis and Marta Sanchez will be returning for another spectacular duo performance of original compositions, improvisations and jazz standards showcasing their dynamic and highly developed approaches to saxophone and piano. “The music Marta Sanchez writes gets intricate, but she also gets memorable effects using simple means. That’s part of what she gets from pop or medieval music. She can make a melody out of one note and the right rhythm. Jelly Roll Morton called that kind of spark …

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Rising Stars with Sean Dobbins featuring Austin Aldrich

Drummer Sean Dobbins showcases Austin Aldrich, a junior at Huron High School Austin plays the bass in jazz programs at Community High School, the Huron River Rat Jazz Orchestra and Spartan Youth Jazz Orchestra of Community Music School-Detroit. Austin started his musical journey on the electric bass guitar at the Ann Arbor Music Center and at 9 years old he made his onstage debut at the Ypsilanti, Mich., Tap Room with the classic rock cover band, The Infernal Chimps. When …

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Alexis Lombre Trio

This event is generously sponsored by Jim and Angie George. Alexis Lombre is a professional jazz pianist who is making her way onto the jazz scene. Alexis started classical piano lessons at age 10 but because of her attraction to the soulful sounds of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and pianist, Gene Harris, at age 12 she switched to jazz lessons. At age 13, Alexis began participating in the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s (JIC) training programs which emphasized the importance …

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Miles Okazaki’s Trickster

​Miles Okazaki is an American musician working with many of the leaders of today’s creative music scene. His approach to the guitar is described by the New York Times as “utterly contemporary, free from the expectations of what it means to play a guitar in a group setting — not just in jazz, but any kind.” Trickster was released on Pi Recordings in 2017 to great acclaim, called “a brilliant individual statement” and “a mature work for the ages” by …

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Andy Milne & Unison

For over 20 years, Juno Award winning pianist/composer Andy Milne has demonstrated boundless versatility, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. The newest full-time professor to join the University of Michigan jazz faculty, he splits his time between Ann Arbor and New York City. Driven by creative insights from his varied projects, Milne formed the trio Unison in 2017, building upon the synchronistic relationship he has developed with bassist John Hébert …

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Tad Weed Jazz Masters Series features Naima Shamborguer

The Jazz Masters Series highlights accomplished “masters of craft”, local legends, and jazz idols. Join Sean Dobbins and his crew to celebrate vocalist, Naima Shamborguer. Naima Shamborguer was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. Born to a musical family, professional musicians surrounded her. From her early days of musical training, Naima developed highly artistic and finely polished vocal abilities through extensive training in classical and jazz music, but jazz music is where Naima has made a successful career. On two …

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All About the Trio: Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan with special guest Sunny Wilkinson

Back by popular demand, Ellen Rowe and her trio present a concert/lecture series exploring the jazz trio. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the foundations of jazz with the insight of some of the region’s most swingin’ all-stars.​​ Pianist, composer, and educator Ellen Rowe and her trio pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan ​with acclaimed jazz vocalist, Sunny Wilkinson. Sunny has been on the jazz faculty at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Cal State Northridge, Fullerton College, and the …

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