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Blue LLama

314 S. Main [map]

This jazz club/restaurant features live music Tues. 7-9:30 p.m., Wed.-Fri., 7-10:15 p.m., & Sat. dinner show 7-10:15 p.m. $10 cover on Tues.-Fri.; reservations recommended at or by calling the club. Sat. ticket piece (variable) includes a 7-course dinner; advance tickets available at No dancing except for Wed. Latin jazz shows and as otherwise noted.

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September 1: Tumbao Bravo

Veteran local Afro-Cuban jazz band led by multi-instrumental reeds player Paul VornHagen.

September 2: Dave Alvarez III Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by local drummer Alvarez.

September 3: Bob Sweet Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by veteran local drummer Sweet, an original member of the Sun Messengers. With guitarist Max Bowen, saxophonist Tim Haldeman, and bassist Andy Cafferty.

September 4: Rick Roe Trio

Local jazz trio led by Roe, a pianist whose repertoire includes Disney songs, Star Wars themes, TV themes, classical pieces, and Thelonious Monk classics, along with wildly inventive originals. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Rob Avsharian.

September 9: Kenji Lee Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Lee, whose repertoire includes Lee originals along with music by Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Cedar Walton, and others.

September 10: Vincent Chandler Quintet

Jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit trombonist Chandler.

September 11: Brandon Rose & Soul Therapy

Ensemble led by the young Detroit jazz bassist Rose, a recent MSU grad.

September 14: Re'Monda

Ensemble led by this Detroit jazz vocalist known for her sultry, soulful voice and a richly elegant style that blends elements of jazz, soul, blues, and gospel.

September 15: Aguanko

Local Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble led by composer-percussionist Alberto Nacif.

September 16: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Vintage jazz in the style of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by a local quartet led by guitarist Brown.

September 17: Brendon Davis Trio

Local ensemble led by U-M jazz piano student Davis.

September 18: Dave McMurray

Groove-oriented Detroit jazz-funk septet led by Was (Not Was) saxophonist McMurray, who tonight showcases material from his new CD Grateful Deadication, a collection of gritty, soulful reworkings of classic Grateful Dead songs. With guitarist Wayne Gerard, keyboardist Maurice O'Neal, pianist Luis Resto, percussionist Larry Fratangelo, bassist Ibrahim Jones, and drummer Jeff Canady. $140.

September 21: Rollie Tussing Trio

Ensemble led by Tussing, a nationally known local guitar virtuoso who specializes in prewar blues and jazz.

September 22: Cuarteto Escobar

Latin dance music drawn from the cultural history of Latin America by this ensemble of members of the Detroit-based Cuban salsa outfit Grupo Escobar.

September 23: Detroit Office of Civil Defense

Jazz ensemble led by local composer-bassist Pat Prouty.

September 24: Walter White Quintet

Jazz ensemble led by Detroit trumpeter-composer White. Detroit Free Press writer Charlie Hunt describes White's playing as "darkly incantatory, furiously intense, risk-laden, harmonically astute, rhythmically free, with roiling passion tempering a sharp intellect."

September 25: Diego Rivera Quartet

Ensemble led by this MSU music professor, a saxophonist-composer known for his muscular tone and blending of straight-ahead jazz with music inspired by his Latino heritage.

September 28: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier.

September 29: Tumbao Bravo

Veteran local Afro-Cuban jazz band led by multi-instrumental reeds player Paul VornHagen.

September 30: Sean Dobbins Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by drummer Dobbins.

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