Sunday Dec 29, 2013
Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session
All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session.
Creekside Grill and Bar: II-V-I Orchestra
Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late-1930s swing and 1940s R&B. With vocalist Patty O'Connor. Tonight's program focuses on Duke Ellington's Nutcracker.
Habitat Lounge: James Cornelison Quartet
Jazz originals and standards by this U-M music student ensemble led by electric guitarist Cornelison.
Old Town: Ben Balmer
Acoustic indie rock singer-songwriter, an Ann Arbor native now living in Austin.
Ravens Club: Heather Black Project
Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences.
Rush Street: Legendary Wings
Local jazz quintet that focuses on dynamic, challenging, and less commonly heard music from the modern jazz repertoire interspersed with free improvisation. The usual lineup features saxophonists Dan Bennett and Tim Haldeman, Fender Rhodes electric pianist Matt Endahl, bassist Jordan Shug, and drummer Nick Collins.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: Will Mefford
Improvisations on jazz standards by this local pianist.
Dec. 27-31. 5-night showcase of 50 local and Michigan bands in a wide spectrum of genres. The scheduled bands include Saturday Looks Good to Me, Frontier Ruckus, Matt Jones, Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful, Timothy Monger State Park, Patrick Elkins, Bad Indians,Champions of Breakfast, and many more. Daily lineups available at mittenfest.org. A benefit for the nonprofit youth tutoring and writing center 826michigan. $10 per night. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings
This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old-time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith.