Thursday, Jan 5: Nick Schillace noon residency
One of the finest finger-pickers in Michigan, Nick Schillace has the even rarer quality of being a strong musical artist. His guitar chops are always at the service of making good music and as stunning as they are, they never showboat. Although he’s steeped in old-timey folkloric material, his own solo compositions are firmly in the big-eared Tacoma camp of John Fahey and company.
Friday, Jan 13: Right Now
This trio of Detroit jazz heavy-hitters features Alex Harding (baritone sax), Leonard King (drums) and Rocco Popielarski (bass).
Since returning to his hometown of Detroit a few months ago, Alex Harding’s presence on the jazz scene has already resulted in some great new groups. As a young player he came up under some of Detroit’s finest: Yusef Lateef, Beans Bowles and Donald Bird. Harding played with avant garde pioneers like The Sun Ra Arkestra, Richard Muhal Abrams, Frank Lowe and Oliver Lake– as well as pop stars like Aretha Franklin, David Lee Roth. One of the great veteran drummers of today’s Detroit scene, Leonard King leads his own creative jazz orchestra and preserves the legacy of the Lyman Woodard Organization, the seminal group he played with in the 70’s. Notables he’s recorded and performed with include a long association with his former students James Carter and Rodney Whitaker; Detroit legends like Donald Byrd and Roy Brooks and other jazz notables like Johnny Griffin and David Murray- but Leonard’s deep love of music extends beyond jazz, as evidenced by his work supporting people like T-Bone Walker, Al Green, Eddie Kendricks and Aretha Franklin. Keeping true to the tradition they were brought up in, Alex and Leonard will be joined by the much younger Rocco Popielarski on doublebass, an up and comer of the current generation of players. Doors at 7:30 pm; $10.
Friday Jan 20: Duo Juthoor
Juthoor Ensemble is a string trio from Jordan that caught our ear a few years back when they were recommend by a mutual friend. As fate would have it, the group’s oud player, Abdul Wahab Kayyali recently moved to the Ann Arbor area and is now a local! Add the fact that the group’s violinist, Mohammad Tahboub, also recently moved to Kentucky and suddenly it’s feasible to have these guys perform in Detroit! It will be an evening of what the group describes as “original oriental instrumentals.” Doors at 7:30 pm. General admission $10; reserved seating $16.