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

Shawn Maxwell’s New Tomorrow

Shawn Maxwell’s New Tomorrow is a quintet made up of five of Chicago’s finest musicians. Performing all original material, they specialize in a style of jazz that is heavily influenced and blended with several other modern genres. Focusing on composition just as much as improvisation, they reveal stunning melodies hidden within complex time signatures. Shawn Maxwell, saxophone Buy Tickets

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

All About the Trio: The Trio Goes to The Movies

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.​​ Full of rich swing and masterful jazz, this concert highlights repertoire from the movies! Pianist, composer, and educator Ellen Rowe offers her own musical perspective on music by Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, David Raksin and others. Ellen Rowe, piano Paul Keller, bass Pete …

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The Emmet Cohen Trio: A Handful of Keys

Harlem based piano phenom, Emmet Cohen, swings through town with his all-star trio featuring Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s bassist, Russell Hall, and drummer Kyle Poole, recently on tour with Cecile McLorin Salvant. Emmet Cohen has quickly become one of the most in demand jazz musicians in New York. A finalist in both the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition and the 2015 American Pianists Association’s Fellowship, Cohen plays with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned veteran. With astonishing …

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PD9 Sun Ra Band

PD9 Sun Ra Band, a side project from the Planet D Nonet, is a heartfelt musical tribute to Sun Ra, “with a Detroit twist.” The Planet D Nonet is about swing, blues, space-age jazz and classic American songs all served with plenty of good humor. If you have not yet experienced Planet D Nonet, your groove tank is missing out on some serious fuel. Justin Jozwiak, alto sax Dan Bennett, tenor sax Goode Wyche III, baritone sax James O’Donnell, trumpet …

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Rising Stars with Sean Dobbins featuring Tim Kohn

Drummer Sean Dobbins showcases Tim Kohn, a junior at Community High School. Tim performs with Community’s top combo, the Huron River Rat Jazz Orchestra and Spartan Youth Jazz Orchestra of  Community Music School-Detroit. Tim has participated in several MSBOA groups including All State Band, All State Jazz Band and Michigan Youth Arts Festival Jazz Band and he was a section head for Interlochen’s Summer Jazz Program. When he is not performing Tim enjoys running for the River Rat cross country team …

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Mr. B’s Birthday Bounce

This performance is generously sponsored by Stephanie Hale. Jazz, boogie woogie and blues pianist Mark Lincoln Braun (a.k.a. Mr. B.) returns to Kerrytown Concert House for hisannual Birthday Bounce! Don’t wait to purchase tickets, this is one of our signature events! Mark Lincoln Braun, piano Buy Tickets

Joe Policastro Trio

Hailed by Downbeat for its “deft analysis of choice repertoire,” and by the Chicago Reader for its “diversity of approaches to all kinds of source material,” the JOE POLICASTRO TRIO returns to Kerrytown Concert House celebrating the release of their fourth album, Nothing Here Belongs. This Chicago-based alternative jazz trio led by bassist Joe Policastro features guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery.  While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded, inclusive nature draws upon a wide array of musical styles and sources while still …

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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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