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Defendbrooklyn
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 9:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm very impressed with Cliff Bells...I saw some great jazz there last night. Are there any other clubs in Detroit that are similar to CB's

What type of jazz to they usually have?
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 9:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw Tad Weed and friends there, very enjoyable show:



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E_hemingway
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 9:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Baker's Keyboard Lounge. I think it's at 8 and Livernois. www.bakerskeyboardlounge.com
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 9:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Baker's, I saw the Chefs of Dixieland there:



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Defendbrooklyn
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 9:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cliff Bells reminds me of a 1930's jazz club...how long has it been up and running...

What are the apartments adjacent to CB's on Park?
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 9:28 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cliff Bell's IS a renovated 1930's club. 1935 it opened.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 9:29 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.cliffbells.com/hist ory.html
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Harmonie
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 9:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes...Cliff Bell's is amazing. Make sure you check out the The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra which plays every Wednesday. It's a 16-piece modern-jazz big band that will blow your socks off.
Other spots to see Jazz besides Baker's include:
The Jazz Cafe (at the Music Hall) www.jazzcafedetroit.com
Bert's Market Place in Eastern Market
The Jazz Loft (a great jam on Monday's at Exodus in Greektown)
Your Place Lounge on the Eastside is mostly a sports bar but the who's who of jazz play on Sunday nights.
Then for more low key jazz with food you can check out Lola's in Harmonie Park and Seldom Blues in the RenCen.
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Gnome
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 9:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

DefendBrooklynn-
I think you're asking about The Kales building.

http://www.kales76.com/promoti on/
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Wpitonya
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 11:41 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Whenever I visit Detroit, CB's is a must! Check out Organissimo if you can (look them up on myspace). My grandfather used to take dates there in the 40s. I stumbled upon this place during the Super Bowl, when they just re-opened and it wasn't quite complete yet.
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Raptor56
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 1:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Anybody try the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe on Kercheval in GP Farms? It's relatively new and run by the lady who gave the Detroit Jazz fest a $10 mil endowment. There was a write up in the paper about a month ago, but I haven't had a chance to get over there yet.
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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 1:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here's that bit on the Dirty Dog, if anybody's interested.

http://www.metrotimes.com/edit orial/story.asp?id=12467
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The_rock
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 1:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was a pretty neat place in the 50's and '60's, too. Mr. Bell lived in Birmingham on Lincoln Road and made the daily commute. He ran a very nice restaurant. My dad;s favorite waitress was Maxine who visited him once at Henry Ford Hosp[ital and snuck him a dry Rob Roy on the Rocks, not making my mom ( or his doctor)very happy. Dad thought it was great.
Some time ago, a relative of Cliff's used to post on the Forum,and I recall reading her memories of the place and Mr. Bell's relationship with the police department. Kind humorous, actually.
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Civilprotectionunit4346
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ive only been to Cliff Bells once for a bar night when me and my friends went bar hopping. I loved the atmosphere of the place. Just hate the cover charge.
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Fury13
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 4:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Everyone in metro Detroit hates paying a cover charge. In NYC or Chicago, or even in other, smaller cities, most folks expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $20 to get in. It's a given. Here in Detroit, however, bar-goers have always been cheap and have griped about it. They expect entertainment for free. To hell with paying the band.
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Jsmyers
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 5:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Reading the history, I noticed this:
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The building that houses Cliff Bell's was built by Joseph Campau and designed by Albert Kahn. It was originally intended to be ten stories tall but when the depression hit it was capped at just two.

I wonder if the building was built with the ability to build on top of it?

Could this get a few offices or housing units on top of it in the far off future?
http://maps.live.com/default.a spx?v=2&cp=r1pjb382c2r1&style= o&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-10 00&scene=3778998&encType=1
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Detroit_stylin
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 6:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jos. Campau and Albert Kahn shared a timeframe?!
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Harpernottingham
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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 7:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Those Chefs of Dixieland are outta sight! Ragtime Rick is the bandleader, and they've played both Baker's and Cliff Bell's. In fact, they're comin' back to Cliff Bell's next month, I do believe. French Night. They're an offshoot of Toledo's legendary Cakewalkin' Jass Band. Check 'em out. If you like that traditional New Orleans jass, then these guys are for you. (Bring your grandma down; she'll love these guys.)
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Postbop
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Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 2:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

wednesday night 16 piece jazz orchestra



wed night jazz orchestra

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