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Sencalar/Glassman Quintet

The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet is comprised of co-leaders Altin Sencalar and Chris Glassman. The two trombonists met during their graduate degree course work at Michigan State University. The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet has performed at Moriarty’s Pub and Grill as guest artists for “Jazz Tuesday’s,” Soggy Bottom bar as a part of their weekly jazz night, the Lansing Jazz Festival in 2018, their “Welcome Home” educational tour where they performed and taught students jazz at all East Lansing elementary schools. The tour was based on the Detroit jazz scene’s mantra "each one ,teach one.” This tour was generously sponsored by the East Lansing Cultural Arts Grant FY19 and Michigan State Universities Running Start Grant, and Michigan State University Jazz Studies program

Yao/Smith/Hughes Sextet

The Yao Smith Hughes Sextet brings a fresh, new set of original compositions following in the footsteps of the straight-ahead jazz tradition of Detroit. Hard-bopping melodies, tight 3-horn arrangements, colorful voicings, driving swing feel and soulful grooves are all trademarks of The Gates. Detroit trumpeter Jimmy Smith and saxophonist James Hughes are joined by New York trombonist, composer and arranger John Yao forming a co-lead ensemble. Besides being fresh and intriguing improvisers, all three are band leaders and formidable composers in their own right with ample portfolios. The collaboration between the three musicians started at a session in New York City a few years earlier where each one brought a few tunes to play

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Ammy Amorette

My name is Ammy. I am a Chilean musician from the Metropolis of Santiago de Chile. I have traded my urban existance for something much slower. I currently reside in rural Michigan. A stonethrow away from Lake Huron, close yet farther away from gigs in metro Detroit. On the Farm, my companion in Arts, my husband Joshua shares my love for music. My passion is Jazz, Bossa Nova, Boleros, Pop y experimental music such Latin Jazz Fusion. My personal quest is to progress as an individual, musician and as a composer. I have recorded two studio albums of my own compositions in Chile through generous suport of the Chilean Goverment's FONDART program

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Sky Covington

Sky Covington was the winner of the "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" honor at the 2016 Detroit Music Awards. It is her 6th music award in the past 4 years. Sky's Jazzy sound takes audiences on an intriguing musical journey that provides fascination for the ears. Sky began her career performing in glee clubs from elementary to junior high school. Her music training came from noted saxophonist, Scott Reiter, and from Harold Bowles, who was a session musician for Motown. She also received private drama training. Sky was born in Detroit but relocated to Atlanta at the age of 16. While there she gazed upon the star lit sky overhead and was so inspired by it that she made a bold decision to drop her birth name, Nicole, in favor of “Sky” to symbolize her life philosophy: “No Limits”

The James Hughes - Jimmy Smith Quintet

The HSQ is a Detroit-based jazz quintet that performs original music with purpose. The group is spearheaded by Saxophonist James Hughes & trumpeter Jimmy Smith, the group features the rhythm section of Phil Kelly, Takashi Iio and Nate Winn. The quintet formed in the autumn of 2012 with the purpose of promoting their brand of Detroit be- bop. Fresh tunes, tight ensemble work, intriguing solos and music that swings are among the groups trademarks. Jimmy and James are both first-call freelancing musicians in Detroit and have performed with jazz giants like Jimmy Heath, Dave Liebman, Richie Cole, John Clayton, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Rotondi, Michael Phillip Mossman, Steve Wilson, and Kenny G

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Ray McKinney

The great tenor saxophonist Lester “Pres” Young preferred bassists who, in his words, played plenty of “deep sea divers.” Deep sea divers are low notes, bottom notes, notes with meaty, deep, resonant tones. Pres wanted the bass to anchor the rhythm section, not play on top of it. Ray McKinney’s playing fitted firmly within Pres’ philosophy, for McKinney was a strong section man with a lot of bottom to his sound. Raymond Patterson McKinney was born in Detroit on March 28, 1931, the fourth of ten children born to Bessie and Clarence McKinney. The entire McKinney family was artistically gifted, and most of the children took music lessons from their mother

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Don Was

Was was born in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Oak Park High School in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park, then attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor but dropped out after the first year. A journeyman musician, he grew up listening to the Detroit blues sound and the jazz music of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Using the stage name "Don Was", he formed the group Was (Not Was) with school friend David Weiss (David Was). The group found commercial success in the 1980s—releasing four albums and logging several hit records. A jazz/R&B album of Hank Williams covers, "Forever's A Long, Long Time" was released in 1997, under the name Orquestra Was

Dave Sharp

Dave Sharp was born in Detroit, Michigan where he was inspired by the city’s rich musical heritage. While earning a degree from the University of Michigan, Sharp became deeply devoted to the study of jazz and improvisation. This led to a move to San Francisco, where Dave studied with legendary bassist Herbie Lewis (McCoy Tyner, Cannonball Adderly, Les McCann) at the New College of California. While living in San Francisco, Sharp performed in art spaces and venues like Cafe Du Nord and the Fillmore, and served as bassist and composer for the modern jazz ensemble the Spheres of Influence. After a brief tour of Japan, Sharp returned home to Michigan, where he continues to compose, record, engineer, teach and perform live in front of appreciative audiences

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Dan White

Dan White began playing saxophone at the age of ten and began his professional career at seventeen. While at Wayne State University in the mid-eighties he was a member of the Jazz Lab Band directed by the legendary Matt Michaels. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Wayne and has been an instrumental music teacher/band director since 1988. He has performed and/or recorded with Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, Mitch Ryder, Stewart Franke, Johnnie Bassett, and RJ Spangler. He’s also played with stalwart Detroit bands such as Sun Messengers, Blues Insurgents, Millionaires, and Regular Boys – the perennial horn band favorites with whom he spent twelve years on tenor sax


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