2014 Comerica Java and Jazz Series

Detroit Public Library’s
Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series, celebrates its 14th season.

This year, we are very excited about the talented lineup for the 2014 Comerica Java & Jazz concert series and we think you will be too. We invite you to come out and join the fun at the Detroit Public Library - Main Library. Performances are free and open to the public every third Tuesday of the month @ 6:00 p.m.


Straight Ahead
Tuesday, March 18, 6:00 p.m.
The Detroit Public Library is proud to bring this groundbreaking all female jazz group to the 2014 Comerica Java & Jazz stage.  This hometown group of strong, inventive instrumentalists and vocalists, have shown themselves to be powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers in the music industry. Widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, the Straight Ahead sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz,  R&B ballads, to Brazilian funk. Straight Ahead was named the finalist in the “Sony Innovators” competition in the first year they performed together. Since then, they have amassed a string of honors, including opening for the legendary Nina Simone at the Montreaux-Switzerland Jazz Festival and being nominated for a Grammy.


Ed Stone
Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 p.m.
Jazz guitarist Ed Stone has released his third CD “King Of Hearts.”  This CD continues to demonstrate Stone’s strong skills in song writing, arranging and producing.  Ed says,  “my songs are written to excite thinking patterns and personal reflection about life’s possibilities.”

Stone’s creative musical career began in Seattle, Washington at age 12 and now continues here in Detroit where he makes his home. Stone studied music in college and has played in numerous jazz and top 40 groups. “I always knew I was a musician inside,” he said, “The guitar allows me to tell my story in a creative way that the listener understands.”


Naima Shamborguer
Tuesday, May 20, 6:00 p.m.
It is no secret that Naima Shamborguer has the chops and she proves it time and time again. From a Detroit family of professional musicians who musically trained her, she developed her highly artistic and fine polished vocal abilities as a youth.  Naima sang at church and concerts performing classical and jazz music.

A “Motown” treasure, Naima has performed nationwide with the finest jazz masters known throughout the world including, Larry Willis, Geri Allen, Bob Hurst, Berry Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, James Carter and so many more.  Rave reviews from jazz critics consistently appraise her musical talents and skills as one of the finest jazz song stylists.


Marcus & Joan Belgrave Jazz Ensemble
Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 p.m.
The renowned trumpeter and his vocalist wife perform jazz and blues at its finest as they take you on a musical journey from the ‘30s to the present.  Marcus Belgrave, known for his longtime gig as the master jazz trumpeter for Ray Charles, has enthralled audiences worldwide with his musical virtuosity.  Enter in the powerful, yet alluring voice of his wife Joan Belgrave and you have a must see event to mark on your calendar.


Pathe Jassi
Tuesday, July 15, 6:00 p.m.
Senegal native Pathe Jassi is one of Detroit’s most highly respected musicians.  His Motor City roots run deep, preceding his emigration to the United States.  The late Detroit jazz saxophonist Sam Sanders took the young bassist under his wing, teaching him to read music and coached him on music theory.  Whether playing jazz and funk as a sideman, or performing world music as leader of his own Pathe Jassi Trio, Jassi is placing an indelible stamp on the sound of Detroit.

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