[JPL] Jazz headliners are showing up at fresh Detroit-area clubs
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Jazz headliners are showing up at fresh Detroit-area clubs
September 12, 2007
BY MARK STRYKER
FREE PRESS MUSIC CRITIC
A promising new club, a venerable club in a fresh location, young clubs on
the make -- the metro Detroit scene is hanging tough, even in the midst of
the rough economy.
So while the major institutions have, as usual, enticing concerts, don't
forget the lifeblood of any jazz scene remains the local clubs. The Jazz
Café, an intimate club carved out of the lobby-bar at the Music Hall,
quickly became a favorite when it was introduced a year ago, but the
schedule this year makes a strong case that the space is becoming
indispensable. The national headliners include drummers Jeff Watts and
Killer Ray Appleton, trumpeters Tom Harrell and Jim Rotondi, trombonist
Steve Turre and pianist Michael Weiss.
Elsewhere, the Firefly Club, metro Detroit's finest all-around jazz club, is
settling in at 637 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor, where the Ark once was.
Meanwhile, recent arrivals on the scene like the mainstream-modern Cliff
Bell's and the avant-garde oriented Bohemian National Home appear in the
game for the long haul.
Finally, Arturo's Jazz Theatre & Restaurant, which recently opened in
Southfield, is offering national stars in its 170-seat showroom on weekends
(Patrice Rushen, Hiroshima, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell) while local groups
perform in the restaurant.
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