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Blue Llama

314 S. Main [map]
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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 bluellamaclub.com.

 
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September 5: LL7 Latin Jazz

This highly regarded 7-piece Detroit ensemble, founded by the late Lynn LaPlante, performs high-energy Latin-inspired jazz in the tradition of Poncho Sanchez, Tito Puente, & the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

September 6: Kevin Eubanks & Friends

Mainstream jazz by an ensemble led by Eubanks, a composer- guitarist with a relaxed, nuanced style whose best known from his 18-year stint as music director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. $85-$95 7 & 9:30 p.m.

September 6: Don Hicks & Friends

An evening of stories and music hosted local trumpeter (and Blue Llama owner) Hicks.

September 7: Kevin Eubanks & Friends

Mainstream jazz by an ensemble led by Eubanks, a composer- guitarist with a relaxed, nuanced style whose best known from his 18-year stint as music director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. $85-$95 7 & 9:30 p.m.

September 11: Toko Telo

A trio of Madagascar folk music stars plays a brand of world music that draws on several traditional Malagasy musical styles. With vocalist-percussionist Monika Njava, guitarist D'Gary, and singer- guitarist JoŽl Rabesolo. $20-$30. 7 & 9:30 p.m.

September 12: Ellen Rowe Trio

Jazz trio led by pianist Rowe, a U-M jazz professor whose repertoire includes original compositions and reimagined versions of standards.

September 13: Allan Harris Band

Ensemble led by the acclaimed NYC jazz singer, guitarist, and composer. The Miami Herald described his singing as a blend of "the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat 'King' Cole." $15-$25. 7 & 9:30 p.m.

September 14: Allan Harris Band

Ensemble led by the acclaimed NYC jazz singer, guitarist, and composer. The Miami Herald described his singing as a blend of "the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat 'King' Cole." $15-$25. 7 & 9:30 p.m.

September 18: Alex Harding & Organ Nation

Jazz organ trio led by Harding a veteran Detroit baritone saxophonist known for his bluesy, church-steeped style.

September 19: "Ann Arbor Jazz Festival."

A 3-day showcase with a focus on Michigan-based jazz. Tonight: Headliner (10 p.m.): Justin Walter's Woodland Creatures, an ensemble, led by local trumpeter Walter, that debuts his collection of 2010 compositions inspired by the animals that dwell in the woods. Openers: Marion Hayden Quartet (8:30 p.m., solo guitarist Miles Okasaki (7 p.m.), and Eliza Salem Quartet (5:30 p.m.).

September 20: "Ann Arbor Jazz Festival."

A 3-day showcase with a focus on Michigan-based jazz. Tonight: Headliner (8:30 p.m.): Theo Croker, a nationally acclaimed experimental jazz trumpeter whose music incorporates elements of hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, and pop. Openers: Ron Brooks Quartet (7 p.m.) and Jordan Anderson Quartet 5:30 p.m.).

September 21: "Ann Arbor Jazz Festival."

A 3-day showcase with a focus on Michigan-based jazz. Tonight: Headliner (9:45 p.m.): Theo Croker, (a nationally acclaimed experimental jazz trumpeter whose music incorporates elements of hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, and pop. Openers: Sean Dobbins Trio (8:30 p.m.), an ensemble led by local drummer Jesse Kramer (7 p.m.), Trunino Lowe Quartet (5:45 p.m.). Also on Sept. 21, a 4:30 p.m. performance by students from jazz workshops earlier in the day.

September 25: Chico Freeman Quartet

Ensemble led by this widely heralded veteran modern jazz tenor saxophonist $20-$30. 7 & 9:30 p.m.

September 26: Etienne Charles

Ensemble led by this MSU music professor, a Trinidad-born trumpeter-composer know for what a Downbeat reviewer calls "a velvet, supple tone that's as melodically captivating as it is rhythmically agile." $15-$25. 7 & 9:30 p.m.

September 27: Aguanko

Local Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble led by composer-percussionist Alberto Nacif. With percussionists Jose "Pepe" Espinosa and Javier Barrios, pianist Wesley Reynoso, bassist Pat Prouty, saxophonist and flutist Russell Miller, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, and trombonist Chris Smith.

September 28: Diego Rivera

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. $15-$25. 7 & 9:30 p.m.




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