Wednesday, February 28, 2018

FREE Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series at Detroit Main Library starts 3/20 w/ Straight Ahead

Straight Ahead in concert on March 20th
Free concert series celebrates its 18th 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 18th consecutive year.

The concert series brings world-renowned jazz musicians to Detroit for music fans to enjoy FREE of charge.

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 20th with Detroit-based Straight Ahead.

The Detroit Public Library is proud to bring this groundbreaking all female jazz group to the 2018 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 20, 6:00 p.m to 7:30pm

Mike Monford Trio
Tuesday, April 17, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30pm
The Mike Monford Trio (Mike Monford, Brandon Williams and Ian Finkelstein) fuses together hard pop, blues & hip-hop influences within the African American blues & jazz traditions in their performance.

Isis Damil
Tuesday, May 15, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30pm
Clearly one of Detroit’s musical treasures, Isis Damil is a producer, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and current member of the Stellar Award Winning, Grammy nominated group J. Moss and PAJAAM

Al McKenzie
Tuesday, June 19, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30pm
From being the former music director and keyboard player for The Temptations to conducting the Buffalo Symphony to teaching jazz music to youth, to know Al is to love him.

Joan Belgrave
Tuesday, July 17, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30pm
Joan Belgrave is a remarkable Jazz singer, known for clean notes, vibrant melodies and vocal versatility.


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


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