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Homegrown Happenings: Woodstock 40th And All That Jazz...

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary weekend of the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, students from the local franchises of the Paul Green School of Rock Music, in Rochester and St. Clair Shores, will play music from the festival at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby Township Municipal Bandshell, 52700 Van Dyke Blvd. The concert is part of a national tribute taking place in 40 cities around the country. Paul Green students are also featured in the new VH1/History Channel documentary “Woodstock: Now & Then.” The Shelby Township show is free. Call (586) 731-0300 or visit www.shelbyparksandrecreation.org.

The 2009 Comercia Java & Jazz concert series comes to an end on Tuesday (Aug. 18) with an all-star jam session led by Marion Hayden at the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave. The show starts at 6 p.m. and will include lectures by Detroit jazz historians Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert. Admission is free. Call (313) 833-4042 or visit www.detroit.lib.mi.us.

Jazz fans can get a preview of a commissioned piece Detroit International Jazz Festival Artist in Residence John Clayton is working on when the Clayton Brothers Quintet teams up with the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra on Wednesday (Aug. 19) at Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit. The piece will pay tribute to Pontiac’s famed Jones brothers — Thad, Elvin and Hank — as well as Detroit’s historic Guardian Building. The piece is currently in-progress, and the finished version will be premiered at this year’s Labor Day Weekend festival. Cover is $5. Call (313) 961-2543 or visit www.cliffbells.com.

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