Sunday, February 26, 2017

FREE Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series at Detroit Main Library starts 3/21 w/ Straight Ahead

Straight Ahead in concert on March 21st
Free concert series celebrates its 17th season, kicks off with local musicians

Comerica Bank has partnered with the Detroit Public Library to present the FREE Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series for the 17th 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 21st with Detroit-based Straight Ahead.

The Detroit Public Library is proud to bring this groundbreaking all female jazz group to the 2017 Comerica Bank Java & Jazz stage. This hometown group of strong, inventive instrumentalists and vocalists, have shown themselves to be powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers in the music industry. Widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, the Straight Ahead sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz and R&B ballads, to Brazilian funk.

Straight Ahead was named the finalist in the “Sony Innovators” competition in the first year they performed together. Since then, they have amassed a string of honors, including opening for the legendary Nina Simone at the Montreaux-Switzerland Jazz Festival and being nominated for a Grammy.

The complete schedule includes:

Straight Ahead
Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 p.m.

Sean Dobbins
Tuesday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.

Ali Bey Quartet
Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 p.m.

Audrey Northington
Tuesday, June 20, 6:00 p.m.

The Affair Group
Tuesday, July 18, 6:00 p.m.


Comerica Java & Jazz Series
Detroit Public Library - Friends Auditorium
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202


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