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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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January 8: Nomad: Grant Green Project

All-star local jazz ensemble plays the entirety of 20th-century composer-guitarist Grant Green's 1965 LP Idle Moments. With tenor saxophonist Janelle Reichman, pianist Alexis Lombre, vibes player Peyton Miller, bassist Eric Nachtrab, and drummer Gayelynn McKinney.

January 10: Alex Harding & Organ Nation

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

January 11: Janelle Reichman Quintet

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

January 15: Roe Bickley Kramer Trio

Local trio of bassist Josef Deas, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe.

January 18: Ron Brooks Quintet

Bebop-rooted mainstream jazz ensemble led by veteran local bassist Brooks.

January 24: Michael Malis Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by local keynoardist Malis.

January 25: Cheikh Lo

Ensemble led by this Senegalese singer whose music is an original blend of reggae, Afrobeat, the Senegalese dance music mbalax, and Congolese soukous, the shimmering, sometimes ecstatic blend of traditional African music and dance pop. $40-$60. 7 & 9 p.m.

January 29: Pete Siers New Orleans Trio

Vintage New Orleans-style jazz by an ensemble led by local drummer Siers.

January 31: Soul Message Band

Soulful jazz by this Chicago trio led by the celebrated Hammond B3 organist Chris Foreman. $10-$30. 7 & 9 p.m.

February 1: Ramona Collins Quartet

Soulful jazz & blues by an ensemble led by veteran Toledo vocalist Collins.

February 6: Tumbao Bravo

Veteran local Afro-Cuban jazz quartet led by multi-instrumental reeds player Paul VornHagen. Followed at 8:45 a screening of Bride + 1, Ann Arbor native Christina Morales Hemenway's 2019 rom-com in which she stars as a 39-year-old never-married Latina who sends out "save the date" wedding invites in a magical thinking scheme to conjure a groom.

February 7: Talking Ear

Originals and improvisations by this local progressive jazz quintet. With vocalist Estar Cohen, guitarist Daniel Palmer, pianist Benjamin Maloney, bassist Aidan Cafferty, and drummer Travis Aukerman. 11 p.m.

February 7: Sean Dobbins & the Modern Jazz Messengers

Hard-swinging local ensemble led by drummer Dobbins that's devoted to continuing the spirit of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. 7 p.m.

February 8: Joan Belgrave Quartet

Jazz standards and love songs by renowned Detroit jazz vocalist Belgrave, an Ann Arbor native who has performed everything from soul and R&B to rock and blues. "Belgrave's voice is so soothing and sexy, she could give a pit bull goose bumps," says Metro Times critic Charles Latimer. $15-$35. 7 & 9 p.m.

February 12: Los Gatos

Popular local Latin jazz quintet led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the old-school music of Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, Tito Puente, and Joe Cuba.

February 13: Dean Solden & the Jazz Explorers

A mix of blues, bebop, and modal jazz standards & originals by a quartet led by local composer-pianist Solden.

February 14: Nicole New

An eclectic mix of jazz with pop and R&B flavors by an ensemble fronted by this Detroit vocalist known for her rich tone, sensitive soulfulness, and rhythmic phrasing. $125-$200 includes a 4-course dinner. 7 & 9 p.m.

February 15: DThree Plus Two

Detroit jazz trio led by drummer David Alvarez III. With keyboardistt Corey Kendrick & bassist Brian Juarez. 11 p.m.

February 15: Shahida Nurullah & Good Company

Quartet led by Nurullah, a big-voiced Detroit jazz singer who specializes in blues, ballads, and pop standards.

February 19: Aguanko

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

February 21: Dave McMurray & D3

Groove-oriented Detroit jazz-funk trio led by Was (not Was) saxophonist McMurray. 8 p.m.

February 21: Aris Chalin Trio

Jazz trio led by this young local pianist. 11 p.m.

February 22: Allie Taylor & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by violinist Taylor, a U-M music grad student who is a 3-time winner of Downbeat Student Music Awards in the jazz vocal and pop/rock/blues categories. 11 p.m.

February 22: PD9 Sun Ra Band

A tribute to Sun Ra by this side project of the Detroit Music Award- winning Planet D Nonet, a a self-styled "space-age swing band" led by veteran drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O'Donnell. $10-$30. 7 & 9 p.m.

February 26: Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet

World music-based jazz by this ensemble led by local bassist Sharp.

February 27: Great Lakes Performing Artists Benefit

2 shows. The early show features boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun, the chambergrass quartet Westbound Situation, and the Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet world-music-based jazz ensemble. The late show features classical vocalist Alice McAllister Tillman, the U-M music faculty trio Vox3Machina, and singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer with Dave the Cellist. $125 includes 3- course tasting menu & 2 house beers or wines. 5 & 8 p.m.

February 28: David L. Harris

Quartet led by Harris, a fast-rising young New Orleans composer- trombonist and vocalist whose music blends the grit and swing of traditional jazz with the edge of modern jazz. 8 p.m.

February 28: Triangle Quartet

An array of standards by everyone from Monk, Mingus, and Wayne Shorter to Jimi Hendrix, Bowie, and Joni Mitchell, along with many originals, by this local quartet. With guitarist Charlie Sutherland, trumpeter Ingrid Racine, bassist Josef Deas, and drummer Nick Collins. 11 p.m.

February 29: Alexis Lombre Trio

Jazz ensemble led by the soulful young Chicago-bred pianist Lombre. 11 p.m.

February 29: Gerard Gibbs & Organized Crim

Funk-inflected jazz by this Detroit trio led by veteran Hammond B-3 organist Gibbs. With guitarist Perry Hughes and drummer Jabari Kersey. 8 p.m.

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