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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Mars’ Williams Boneshaker

Saxophonist Mars Williams, bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are three prolific powerhouse musicians, carrying a Grammy nomination and decades of experience with the top ensembles in the world. Boneshaker’s music remains free improvised, but with clear roots to the American tradition of free jazz. Buy Tickets

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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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

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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Tad Weed Jazz Masters Series : Tribute to Ron Brooks

The Jazz Masters Series, created by jazz legend Tad Weed, highlights accomplished “masters of craft”, local legends, and jazz idols. Join Sean Dobbins and his crew to celebrate Ron Brooks. Ron Brooks began his musical career while studying at the U-M and was soon playing with local and visiting musicians; his early recordings include a challenging 1962 album with pianist Bob James, who would eventually make it big playing more popular kinds of music; a date with the adventuresome woodwind …

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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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Lisa Hilton: jazz piano

American composer and pianist Lisa K. Hilton will be performing new compositions from her latest release, entitled OASIS – which is defined as: Something serving as a refuge or relief. Hilton’s expressive and impressionistic compositions explore the soundscape of jazz and blues alongside classical and modernist ideas fueled by the inspiration from past composers Count Basie, Horace Silver, George Gershwin, Robert Johnson as well as Rachmaninoff. Lisa Hilton, jazz piano Buy Tickets

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