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Michael Jellick Sextet

Michael L. Jellick, born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Detroit, MI, has become a mainstay on the Detroit Jazz scene and beyond. A well sought-after pianist, Michael has had the pleasure of playing with, and/or recording with such greats as Bobby McFerrin, The Harlem National Big Band, Christian McBride, Common, Ingrid Jensen, Joel Frahm, Rodney Whitaker, James Carter, Sheila Jordan, Marcus Belgrave, Ron Blake, Karriem Riggins, Marion Hayden, Dwight Adams, Jesse Palter, as well as a versatile array of others. His weekly Wednesday night jam with his trio at Detroit’s Northern Lights Lounge since 2011 has become a vibrant hub for seasoned professionals and aspiring musicians alike. When he isn’t performing with his own, other’s groups and various tap dancers, he is often found immersed in his equal love of teaching masterclasses across the U.S., as well as composing and arranging. Among other albums, you can also find him on the Blue Note Records release, Detroit Jazz City — an album that opens a window onto, and celebrates Detroit’s jazz legacy past and present.

This year’s performance is the premiere of an entirely NEW Sextet which blends several styles of jazz with other genres, as well a tap dancer who is a full part of the project. The end result culminates into a wonderfully unique nexus of music and percussive dancing!

Rounding out the group are: Stuart Lyons, drums; Joe Fee, bass; Bobby Muncy, saxophones; Claudia Rahardjanoto, tap dance; and David Dunham, guitar. Cumulatively, they have shared the stage with the likes of: Sean Jones, Dwight Adams, Wendell Harrison, Donny McCaslin, the award-winning tap dance company, Dorrance Dance (under the artistic direction of MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance) just to name a few. They have performed in many prominent jazz clubs, jazz, dance, and music festivals across the U.S. and abroad, as well as notable venues such as Orchestra Hall (Detroit), Chicago Symphony Center, Blue Note (NYC), The John F. Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as others.

September 6, 2020 11:00 pm Sunday 9/6 | Absopure Soundstage (42 Degrees N.)
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