We are starting are 2017-18 season at Cliff Bells with our kickoff gig on Sept 7th. We will be playing new music from our new record, Mulgrewology, recorded last summer. (Not available, yet)
The Detroit Jazz Workshop High School All Star Jazz band will opening for us.
7-8pm Detroit Jazz Workshop All Star Jazz Band ($10 cover)
8-9pm Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra ($10 cover)
9:30-10:45pm Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra (FREE!)
The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, started in April 1999, was initially started as a rehearsal band for Gwinnell to hear his compositions and arrangements played. With encouragement from friend/musicians and an offer of a weekly gig at the Music Menu Cafe in Detroit’s Greektown, Gwinnell and fellow musicians made a committment to present high quality big band jazz music.
After a brief hiatus for Scott to go to school for his Master’s degree, the band began its exciting Wednesday gigs at the then, new club, Cliff Bells. With the addition of some more skilled players, the SGJO reached a higher artistic plateau. Working together every week, the band gelled and impressed new audiences of jazz fans, musicians, and critics.
Some of the frequent musicians involved with the Cliff Bells SGJO group are: Keith Kaminski, James Hughes, Steve Wood, Carl Cafagna, and Mark Berger on sax. Dave Jensen, Terry Kimura, Tony Buccilli, and Stefan Stolarchuk on trombone. Trumpets are Bob Jensen, Paul Finkbeiner, John Douglas, and Justin Walter. Jordan Schug plays bass and Scott Kretzer plays drums.
The SGJO still plays routinely at Cliff Bells as well as various venues in SE Michigan.