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By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The Wayne State University Big Band hosts the next visit by Detroit International Jazz Festival artist-in-residence John Clayton with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 3) at the Music Box in the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The program will feature some of the Grammy Award-winning Clayton’s original compositions as well as his arrangements of pieces by Thelonious Monk, Hoagy Carmichael, Sonny Stitt and Johnny Hodges. Tickets are $20 at the box office, $23.50 by phone. Call (313) 567-5111 or visit www.detroitsymphony.com.

Singer-songwriter Jill Jack will be recording her new album this weekend at “Songwriter Sessions — A Live Recording Event” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 3-4) at the Hartland Music Hall, 3619 Avon St., Hartland. Jack will be joined by several musician friends, including a core band featuring Billy Brandt on guitar and mandolin, Ron Pangborn on drums, Nolan Mendenhall on bass and Dale Grisa on keyboards and special guests Jen Sygit, Mark Iannace, Jason Denniein, Drew “Cap’n Midnite” Howard, Tamineh and Neil Sever. Tickets are $20 at the door each night. Call (810) 626-2150 or visit www.jilljack.com.

Robin Horlock and The Revolver — an allstar group featuring Brandon Calhoon, Ty Stone and Matt Dmitz — will be among the performers at the Detroit Music Foundations’ 8th Annual Acoustic Showcase, taking place at 7 p.m. Sunday (April 5) at Memphis Smoke, 100 S. Main St., Royal Oak. The show, a fundraiser for the Detroit Music Awards, will also feature Broadzilla’s Rachel May with Nova Driver’s Billy Reedy, the Allies, Cheryl St. Rebel, Pato Margetic, Jessica Carmichael and Nickoli Polcyn, Hanna Samano and Natalie Myziuk. A $5 minimum donation at the door is suggested. Call (248) 543-4300 or visit www.

detroitmusicawards.net. The Detroit Music Awards

are April 17 at The Fillmore Detroit.

Ann Arbor blues and boogie-woogie piano master Mark “Mr. B” Braun is bringing together some of his fleet-fingered friends, including guests from his recent “9 Pianists: Our Town, Our Time” album, to take part in Mr. B’s Piano Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (April 5) at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Among the players are University of Michigan professor James Dapogny, Michigan expatriate Al Hill, Michigan State University musicians Rick Roe and Glenn Persello-Seefeld, Tad Weed, Ellen Rowe, Waleed Howrani and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom. Tickets are $30. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Detroit rockers the Von Bondies have slipped in a last-minute free show for Final Four weekend that will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 3) at the City Theater in the HockeyTown Cafe, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Capacity will be limited to the first 200 fans, ages 21 and older, who show up. Call (313) 471-3464 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

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