|Straight Ahead in concert on March 17th|
Comerica Bank has partnered with the Detroit Public Library to present the FREE Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series for the 16th consecutive year.
The concert series brings world-renowned jazz musicians to Detroit for music fans to enjoy FREE of charge.
“The Java & Jazz series is a great compliment to Detroit’s strong appreciation for arts, culture and music,” said Patricia McCann, vice president and national civic affairs manager, Comerica Bank. “In addition to showcasing our many talented local musicians, Java & Jazz also provides us an opportunity to promote diversity in the community, one of our core values at Comerica Bank.”
The FREE concerts will be held on the third Tuesday of every month from March through July at the Detroit Public Library, Friends Auditorium located at 5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202.
The series kicks off Tuesday, March 15th with Detroit-based Straight Ahead, an all female group widely recognized for its eclectic and soulful approach to creating music.
The complete schedule includes:
Tuesday, March 15 – 6 p.m.
The women of Straight Ahead are powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers in the music industry. Widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, their sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz, R&B ballads, to Brazilian funk.
Tuesday, April 19 – 6 p.m.
Herbie Russ is a singer/saxophonist who has created his own unique style with a sound he describes as “New Adult Contemporary.” His music takes you on a journey through a broad mix of musical genres from smooth jazz to Motown and everything in between.
Tuesday, May 17 – 6 p.m.
Brandon Williams is known as one of the premiere drummers in Detroit’s live music scene. Williams is considered a “go-to” music guy because of his versatile repertoire and ability to play numerous instruments.
Tuesday, June 21 – 6 p.m.
BALANCE consists of saxophonist, composer and educator Marcus Elliot and pianist and composer Michael Malis. The two musicians will work together to explore the freedom inside of musical structures through the art of improvisation.
Tuesday, July 19 – 6 p.m.
Maurice Davis doesn’t just sing and play the Blues, he loves the Blues, and that commitment comes through to his audiences and keeps them coming back. He is known for what he calls “party blues,” a blend of southern soul and old school R & B. Davis’ discography includes 10 albums since 2000, including Soulful on Sims Records out of Nashville, Tennessee, which earned a nomination as “Blues CD of the Year.”
Comerica Java & Jazz Series
Detroit Public Library - Friends Auditorium
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
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