February 4, 2023 7:30 pm
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“A Modern Exploration of the American Songbook”: Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (The Encore Musical Theatre Company).

Feb. 3 & 4. This ensemble led by Chicago-based percussionist Kahil El’Zabar draws on African rhythms, hip-hop, and R&B to perform avant-garde arrangements of material from the American Songbook, the mythical canon of mostly early 20th-century jazz standards, show tunes, and popular songs. With trumpeter Corey Wilkes, saxophonist Alex Harding, and 2 guest musicians, jazz singer Tammy McCann and keyboardist Justin Dillard. 7:30 p.m., Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $50 (+$3.80 fee) in advance at theEncoreTheatre.org & at the door. 268–6200.