Detroit Jazz Magazine


Do you love jazz? We certainly do. For us, it’s about the music. We have a stellar magazine you want to see.

You can learn about some great artists, read about the owners of some of the greatest venues here in Detroit, and best of all, you can share your opinion about what you read with your friends and family right at the bottom of every article.

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George Benson makes his Nate King Cole CD



George Benson:


New Album in the Making
I’m recording a new Nat King Cole tribute album with an orchestra and would love for you to be a part of it!

Welcome to my PledgeMusic page.

I’ve had the idea to record an album featuring the music of Nat King Cole for quite some time now. Thanks to my long history with Concord Records, together we arranged an amazing 42 piece orchestra to make a record I’m really passionate about.

Since this is a very unique and special project to me and I am blessed by many good friends who have supported me along the way, I wanted to give my fans a chance to take part in something unique and special, too. So, instead of the traditional ‘making of’ DVD or a few extra bonus tracks, Concord Records and I have teamed up with PledgeMusic to give you an opportunity to participate in some exclusive offers only available here.

I will personally autograph CDs and Vinyl. You can get your name listed in the album artwork! You can even purchase my newly developed Ibanez LGB300 signature guitar which I’ll personally sign for you over a Skype chat!

A lot of these offerings are limited edition and aren’t even printed yet, so all you have to do for now is ‘Pledge’ and your credit card won’t be charged until the bar at the top of the page hits 100%. And just for Pledging, you’ll gain access to behind the scenes information on the making of the album including exclusive videos and updates along the way.

And I want you to know that a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy through our friends at Music Cares.

Thank you for being a part of this special project and I can’t wait for you to hear this record!

– George

If you are interested to support this project, visit this website

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant

Ivories is small for a jazz venue, and the tables – flanked by the bar on one side and windows on the other – are packed in tight. The stage is home to a huge Mason & Hamilton grand piano. The stage lighting and PA system are pretty rudimentary but the place has only been around for a few months. The floor plan, being a big rectangle, makes every seat a good seat.

Great ambiance, great jazz. They’ve got a nice wine list and the menu has some great choices.

Portland trumpeter Farnell Newton and his quintet took the stage and offered up the music of Miles Davis. These guys didn’t need a fancy PA system – they just shot it right at you. Ivories was filled with good music, good food, and a lot of smiling faces.

Portland needs a real jazz venue that doesn’t book the same person four nights a week just because he brings people in. Ivories is making a grand effort to book international jazz luminaries as well as local gems. Support!

Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant, 1435 NW Flanders, Portland, Oregon 97209

Ron Kobayashi – Piano Passion

Pianist and leader Ron Kobayashi has performed with Mel Torme, Margaret Whiting, Eric Marienthal, Phil Upchurch, Teddy Edwards, Tim Weisberg and Paula Kelly Jr. and “The Modernaires,” He was a featured performer on the internationally distributed “Johnny Yune” television show, and has been featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. In 1992, Ron performed for President Bill Clinton and has recorded as a solo artist for the Casierra Record label.

The Ron Kobayashi Trio has played numerous jazz festivals including the San Bernardino Music Festival, The Orange County Art and Jazz Festival, the Dana Point Jazz Festival and the Mission Viejo Music Festival, as well as the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

In 2012, the Ron Kobayashi Trio was nominated for “Best Jazz” at the Orange County Music Awards.

Ron Kobayashi published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Books – The Total Jazz Guitarist

The Total Jazz Guitarist is an exciting journey through the diverse world of jazz guitar playing. You start with basic lessons on the major scale and end up playing intricately beautiful chord melodies and soloing over tricky jazz chord progressions. This wide-ranging study is for all players from beginning to advanced.

The beginning-to-intermediate student will find all the tools needed to become a great guitarist, while the more advanced player will find lots of useful tips and a fresh perspective on jazz guitar. Whether this is your first jazz guitar book or you’ve been studying for years, this is the one place to get everything you need to make you a great jazz guitarist. A CD demonstrating the examples in the book is included. This book is great for someone who wishes to learn how to play jazz, or for someone who knows a little and wants to become more proficient.

Get one of the last copies at

Bo Woody Winter – Esperanza

Bo Woody Winter‘s work is inspired by jazz and jazz musicians. It’s only naturally that his paintings are often to see on exhibitions during jazz festivals like for example the North Sea Jazz Art 2011  during the North Sea Jazz Festival 2011. Hailing from Rotterdam Bo currently lives in Ibiza, Islas Baleares, Spain. He studied Visual Art – Painting at the Academy of Art in Rotterdam.

His works can be seen at Facebook and at this website.  Also visit Bo’s own blog.