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Blue Llama

314 S. Main [map]

This new jazz club/restaurant features live music or occasional jazz films every night, 7-10/11 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. (early show) & 9 p.m. (late show) for ticketed shows. No cover except for ticketed shows, no dancing. Advance tickets available at

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July 5: U-M Jazz Ambassadors High School All-Stars

U-M jazz faculty are featured in all-star ensembles of high school students from around the state.

July 7: Estar Cohen Quartet

Local modern jazz ensemble led by vocalist Cohen.

July 10: Sumkali

Local band led by tabla player John Churchville that blends classical Indian music with jazz and funk idioms.

July 11: Juarez-Lee-Alvarez

Local jazz trio that cites Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson among its influences. With saxophonist Kenji Lee, bassist Brian Juarez, and drummer David Alvarez III.

July 12: Gerald Gibbs & ORGANized Crime

Renowned Detroit jazz trio led by Hammond B-3 organist Gibbs. With guitarist Perry Hughes and drummer Jabari Kersey.

July 13: Gwen Laser Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by classically trained composer-violinist Laser, a Detroit native and U-M grad.

July 17: "Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Screening."

Jazz film screenings.

July 18: Roe Bickley Kramer Trio

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe.

July 19: Paul Keller Quintet

Mainstream jazz by this local ensemble led by bassist Keller.

July 20: Janelle Reichman Quintet

Straight-ahead jazz by an ensemble led by this local clarinetist & saxophonist.

July 24: Rhyta Musik

Local 8-piece Balkan brass band whose music is sprinkled with New Orleans funk flavors.

July 26: Vincent Chandler Septet

Jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit composer-trombonist Chandler.

July 27: Andrew Bishop Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by this U-M music professor, a versatile multi- instrumental reeds player, composer, and improviser.

July 31: Bob Sweet Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by veteran local drummer Sweet, an original member of the Sun Messengers.

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