Comerica and the Detroit Public Library are celebrating the 15th anniversary of Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series. The free concert series kicks off with Detroit-based group Straight Ahead March 17.
Java & Jazz concerts showcase talented jazz musicians for Detroit music fans to enjoy free of charge.
“We’re pleased to bring back Java & Jazz for the 15th year and honored to be a part of a program that entertained Metro Detroiters for more than a decade,” said Patricia McCann, vice president and national civic affairs manager, Comerica Bank. “The success of Comerica’s longstanding partnership with The Detroit Public Library is a testament to the continuing popularity and longstanding tradition of Detroit’s unique jazz sound.”
The free concerts will be held on the third Tuesday of every month from March through July at the Detroit Public Library, Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium located at 5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202.
The series kicks off Tuesday, March 17 with Detroit-based Straight Ahead, an all-female group widely recognized for its eclectic and soulful approach to creating music. The complete schedule includes:
Tuesday, March 17 – 6 p.m.
Straight Ahead have shown themselves to be powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers in the music industry. Their sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz, R&B ballads, to Brazilian funk.
The Jazz Cycle
Tuesday, April 21 – 6 p.m.
The Jazz Cycle showcases a different approach to making music by combining different styles of jazz to achieve the right blend of sound and feel of the tunes all the while having fun playing and creating music.
Tuesday, May 19 – 6 p.m.
An award-winning vocalist, Kathy Kosins is known for her eclectic musical palette that spans many eras throughout the rich history of jazz.
Tuesday, June 16 – 6 p.m.
A gifted singer, Jackson has been delivering soulful performances on Detroit stages since childhood.
Tuesday, July 21 – 6 p.m.
Percussionist Obed Succari beautifully melds his Latin percussion training with his Motown- inspired musical stylings, creating a jazz sound all his own for concert goers to enjoy.