ME3 is a trio of improvisers based in the Detroit area. This ensemble explores compositions and soundscapes written by Marcus Elliot. ME3 draws their influences from African-American music and from the western classical tradition.
Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist, composer, improviser, and educator based in Detroit, Michigan. His compositions and improvisations has been described by the New York Times as "convincing and confident, evolved in touch and tone...", and the Detroit Free Press has said "Marcus Elliot represents next generation of jazz". Elliot leads and co-leads
many different Detroit based bands including the Marcus Elliot Quartet, Clockwork, Balance, Beyond Rebellious, and Lanula. He is a Fellow of the Geri Allen Gathering Orchestra. He co-founded the nonprofit Polyfold Musical Arts Collective. Elliot is the director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Jazz Ensembles.
Kayvon Gordon (drums) was born and raised in Detroit. At a young age, he was taken under the mentorship of legendary trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. Gordon has had the honor of sharing the stage with Marcus Belgrave, Joe Lovano, Andrew Bishop, Johnny O'Neal, Robert Hurst, Rodney Whitaker and many veteran Detroit musicians.
Brian Juarez is a jazz bassist from Berkeley, CA. He is currently in attendance at the University of Michigan, where he studies privately with Grammy Award winning bassist, Robert Hurst III. Brian has studied with jazz luminaries such as Bennie Maupin, Marcus Belgrave, Ndugu Chancler, Benny Green, Patrice Rushen, and Rodney Whitaker, and
has performed extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the Metro Detroit Area. He aspires to someday provide disadvantaged youth with the means of attaining a quality music education.
ROB CROZIER 5TET
Rob Crozier is a professional musician, educator, composer/arranger and entrepreneur living in the Southeastern Michigan area. He holds a BFA for Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation in Double Bass from University of Michigan.
Mr. Crozier has played alongside Tony Malaby, Perry Robinson, Gary Schunk, Peter Madcat Ruth and others. His teachers include: Robert Hurst, Rufus Reid and David Friesen.
On his latest release, "Tall Trees," Crozier stretches his music to explore the world of sound adding color, adventure, and newness through re-imagining standards, the use of electronics and ethnic instruments.
The Rob Crozier "5tet" features area veterans like Pete Kahn (Detroit Jazz Fest Orchestra) and Rodney Rich
(featured recently with vocalist Vanessa Rubin). See full band lineup below.
His work with the Celtic fusion band Nessa can be heard on both of their CDs and the latest single "Travel Walk to CelticA." Rob's business, Eventjazz, provides live music to weddings and parties throughout Southeastern Michigan.
Rob Crozier - bass/vocals
Pete Kahn - saxes
Rodney Rich - guitar
Tony Viviano - piano
Rob Avsharian - drums
wsg/Kelly McDermott - flute/vocals
ROBIN CONNELL TRIO
Jazz pianist-singer, Robin Connell, the Artprize 2016 jazz music award recipient, and the West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2017 Musician of the Year, follows in the tradition of singer‐pianists Diana Krall, and Blossom Dearie, tickling the ivories with original arrangements of time honored jazz standards. Originally from Detroit, she honed her craft in New York City, at places such as The Waldorf-Astoria, bringing the sophistication of The Great American Songbook to life in her own charming and inimitable way. Her trio includes Paul Smith, drums, and Chris Kjorness, bass.
An accomplished musician, Robin performs regularly as bandleader or side-woman throughout the Midwest and hosts the jazz piano concert series, Jazz in the Sanctuary at Fountain Street Church.
Enthusiastic about jazz education, Robin currently co-directs the St Cecilia Youth Jazz Ensembles, teaches privately and travels as guest artist and clinician/adjudicator. From 1990-2009 she taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp where her students included Norah Jones.
THE FERAL CATS
Feral Cats are coming to a place near you! Yes, we’ve been out in the shadows collecting a nice mix of early rock and blues. From Jimmy Reed to Elvis and much, much, more we want to bring our own picks and licks to you.
Monte Klein and Phil Coryell teamed up a couple of years ago with a shared love of harmonicas and the music produced by them. Himself an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, and harmonica player, Monte possesses a special sensitivity to wring out some of the best licks from Phil “harmonicas” in any given tune. If he’s not out howling at the moon Monte plays with “Bo White and the Bluezers” from Grand Rapids, and locally with “A Shore Thing”. Phil“harmonicas” Coryell also gets funky with “Lou Thunder Band” from the “left-coast” and in Benzie County with the indie-blues group “Barefoot”. The addition of the extraordinary styling of bassist Dave “the Professor” Grimes rounds out these cats as they “bring it” to you. Dave prefers building the bass as opposed to playing out so we’re lucky to be able to “un-domesticate” him for a while. Come and see for yourself, why these are the Feral Cats!