Sunday Jan 12, 2014
Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session
All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session.
Habitat Lounge: James Cornelison Quartet
Jazz originals and standards by this U-M music student ensemble led by electric guitarist Cornelison.
Old Town: Andru Bemis
A traveling folk troubadour who accompanies himself on banjo, guitar, violin, and a banjo-ukulele hybrid known as a banjolele, Bemis currently directs the Foundry Hall all-ages community center in South Haven. "Straddling the boundary between punk rock and mountain music, Bemis is known for taking traditional songs most people have never heard and adapting them in ways that are both inventive and memorable," says The Isthmus (Madison).
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.
Woodruff's: Pocket Vinyl
New London self-styled "piano slam rock" by this band led by singer-songwriter and pianist Eric Stevenson and his wife, artist Elizabeth Jancewicz, who paints an original work in its entirety during the show. Opening acts are the Romulus pop-rock band Mental Health Day, the Ypsilanti indie rock band Vagrant Symphony, and the local folk-rock duo Acoustic Resonance.
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.