Women’s History Month: Detroit’s own legendary jazz singer Kimmie Horne
Kimmie Horne is a Detroit jazz singer now known around the world. We caught up with her for Women’s History Month -- watch the interview above. AdThe Kimmie Horne Jazz Festival is now gearing up for its fifth year. More information: Kimmie Horne Jazz FestivalHorne will also be performing at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe on March 31st through April 3rd with a special Women’s History Month show. More: Women’s History Month stories
Jazz drummer Sean Dobbins to perform at Ann Arbor’s Blue LLama Jazz Club
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Saturday, Blue LLama Jazz Club is opening up the doors to its downtown Ann Arbor jazz venue for a performance from the Sean Dobbins Trio. “We are excited to present live streamed and socially distanced concerts from the stage at the Blue LLama Jazz Club. We look forward to welcoming Sean back to the stage, as he always tears it up!” said Blue LLama Jazz Club artistic director Dave Sharp in a release. Trio bandleader Sean Dobbins became sought-after in the Detroit jazz scene after performing regularly with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. Blue LLama Jazz Club is at 314 S. Main St.
Historic home to jazz: Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit
DETROIT – Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is reopening with restrictions in place. Learn all about the history of the place and what it has to offer now -- watch the video above. Baker’s is situated right along Livernois at 8 Mile Road. More: Black History Month stories you need to learn about
Self-taught local musician is his own one man band
Today’s Music Monday guest is a local musician who says he always wanted to play music, but only got started recently. Despite the late start, Damon Terrell was able to pick up multiple instruments, including guitar, piano, drums, and bass, and uses them to create his own albums. “I just picked the guitar up first, my primary, and prayed,” Terrell said. He said he makes music with a funky, urban 70′s sound, which he hopes takes listeners to a place of passion and peace. During quarantine, Terrell has been keeping up with his listeners on social media, doing pop up performances and interacting with fans.
Detroit Music Award Nominee performs his new song
For Detroit Music Award Nominee, Jeff Scott, that means pouring hours into creating his new song. She recommended he write a song to uplift people during these tough times in quarantine, and he took her up on it. Jeff Scott has been a part of the Detroit music scene for a long time now. He was in a fairly popular Detroit band in the late 80s and early 90s, but then he walked away from music for a while. To hear the song, or to watch the full interview, watch the video above.
Dee Dee Bridgewater hosts Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation’s virtual chat with women leaders in jazz
DETROIT – The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation is presenting a live virtual chat with women leaders in jazz. The Detroit Jazz Festival 2021 artist-in-residence Dee Dee Bridgewater is leading the live discussion that includes three generations of noted women leaders in jazz. The live discussion will be held via Zoom on Tuesday from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.You can submit questions through the Detroit Jazz Festival Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages. The live discussion will look back at the year in jazz, including the 2020 Detroit Jazz Festival. Click here to read more about the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Alexander Zonjic releases his first new album in over a decade
His latest album has been a ten year long labor of love, and Alexander Zonjic isn’t about to let COVID-19 get in the way of releasing it. The flutist said he finished the album Playing It Forward in March, and that releasing it during the pandemic created an interesting challenge. Zonjic said even he was surprised by how long Playing It Forward took to finish, and that the time flew by while he was working on other projects. With the music industry practically shut down, the question became whether to release the album, or try to wait it out. Zonjic showed a clip from his new Detroit-centric music video for his song “Motor City Sway” from Playing It Forward.
Where to catch the Detroit Jazz Festival
The Detroit Jazz Festival is one of the largest musical events that happens in downtown Detroit over Labor Day weekend every year. This year the festival is switching things up, and instead of live musical performances, the festival is bringing the music and performances people love online, on the radio and on TV. For 12 hours each day, world-class Detroit musicians will be taking the stage live at custom built stages inside the Marriott Complex in Detroit. No audience will be in attendance, but you can catch the whole show live on Detroit Jazz Festivals website, on the radio and on TV. The full lineup is available on Detroit Jazz Festivals website and on their app, which is available in your app store.
Treat yourself to a night out at this Ann Arbor jazz club
Ann Arbor Imagine this...you are sitting underneath a twinkling sky, while smooth jazz fills the room, and you dine on delicious American fare. That's the kind of night that awaits you at the Blue LLama Jazz Club. He owned LLamasoft, which is a software company in Ann Arbor, for about 20 years, explains Louis Goral, the Executive Chef and General Manager at Blue LLama Jazz Club. Typically they feature Jazz music, but they dabble in world music as well. So if you are looking for a fun night out, with food and entertainment, check out the Blue LLama Jazz Club where they are dishing up both!
Fire damages building being renovated into jazz club on Detroit’s west side
DETROIT – A fire Friday night damaged a building being renovated into a jazz club on Detroit’s west side. Officials said no one was inside the building and no one was injured in the blaze on 7 Mile Road, near Greenfield Road. It is unknown what caused the fire. It remains under investigation.
Abandoned baby giraffe befriended by dog in Africa dies
(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)JOHANNESBURG – A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after he was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said Friday. Orphanage staff had expected this to happen, assuming that the mother giraffe had abandoned the baby for a reason, Arrie van Deventer, the orphanage's founder, told The Associated Press. “So we finally know that Jazz didn't have a bad giraffe mother that left him," the orphanage's statement said. The baby giraffe had arrived a few weeks ago, just days after birth. The giraffe was buried close to the orphanage, van Deventer said.