Tipping Point Theatre and 2 Stones Events are proud to present Jazz @ The Point, a series of one-night-only concerts featuring the finest musicians in the area, a wine tasting and light finger foods from Browndog Barlor & Restaurant at the intermission. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the wine tasting; music starts at 7:30; intermission/food at 8:20; second set 8:45.
Regular | $30 + $2.75 (processing fee) per show
Regular - TPT Season Pass Holder Discount* | $27+ $2.75 (processing fee) per show
See all 5 shows in the series for a discounted price!
Full Series | $140
Full Series - TPT Season Pass Holder Discount* | $132.50
*Only available through the box office. Phone: 248-347-0003
RANDY NAPOLEON QUARTET
November 3, 2019
Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon tours with the legendary singer/pianist Freddy Cole and leads his own trios, quartet, and three-horn sextet. He is an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where he teaches jazz guitar.
Napoleon is a composer and an arranger for singers, big bands, and small combos. He arranged as well as performed on Cole’s 2010 Grammy-nominated release from High Note, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B. He is the guitarist on Cole’s Live at Dizzy’s Club: The Dreamer in Me, Talk to Me, This and That, and Freddy Cole Sings The Blues. He has performed with artists across the jazz spectrum such as Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Monty Alexander, Houston Person, Rodney Whitaker, Melissa Morgan, Aaron Diehl, Josh Brown, Dmitry Baevsky, Jared Gold, Etienne Charles, Mike Dease, Sara Gazarek, Brianna Thomas, Bootsie Barnes, Mike Karn, Eric Comstock. Will and Pete Anderson, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
January 18, 2020
Jazz drummer Sean Dobbins got his start as sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. As Sean's Career progressed, he found himself the recipient of many awards and accolades including the "Woody Herman Jazz Award", an award for outstanding musicianship, as well as the Louis Armstrong Scholarship. Due to Sean's great talent both as a player and an educator, he has been the focus of countless news articles and jazz radio programs.
Sean's sound can best be described as hard-driving, solid rhythm with refreshing melodic sensibility. Some of Sean's influences include Art Blakey, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Ed Thigpen, Sonny Payne, and also Detroit area greats Gerald Cleaver and the one and only Elvin Jones. A product of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Sean has stayed devoted to education throughout his life. Early mentor Louis Smith, an Ann Arbor Public Schools band teacher, impressed the importance of a good education upon Sean at an early age. Sean is known in his community as a band director, drum teacher and positive influence for many.
In 1999 Sean was asked to become the director of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Summer Jazz Program. This program was designed to help educate and inspire young artist as they began their quest of learning jazz. In 1998, a year before Sean's arrival, the program was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to low enrollment. In 2000, a year after Sean took over the reigns, the enrollment more than tripled and a year later, the group was featured on WEMU, a national jazz radio program.
Sean is no stranger to local or national headlines; he frequently plays at venues such as the Firefly Club (Ann Arbor), Baker's Keyboard Lounge (Detroit), the Music Hall Jazz Cafe (Detroit), Murphy's Place (Toledo) and Buddy Guy's (Chicago). His recent recordings include "Odyssey" (PKO Records), "Revealing" (Reparation Records), and "Christmas Songs for Jazz Lovers" (PKO Records), and Blue Horizons featuring Sean and his quintet, the Modern Jazz Messengers.
HEATHER BLACK PROJECT
MARCH 21, 2020
Heather Black is known for creating a unique concert experience, with a vintage charm and passionate vocals, she truly connects with her audience. Inspired and influenced by jazz, blues, classical, R&B, soul and hip-hop, Heather's style is developed and versatile. She established her love for music from the very beginning; aside from her at home productions, Black started performing in church, school, honor choir, musicals, and bands as a young girl, and furthered her musical development during the summer at Interlochen Fine Arts Camp.
Embracing strict independence in business and in music, Black has created her own niche to offer to the world stage. She might be crooning of love, or shouting the blues, but one thing is always true: she conveys a deeper message and secures her audiences’ rapt attention. “Music is already in people. I’m not bringing music to them; I’m just helping to bring it out of them.” She considers herself simply a humble servant of her musical gifts. Now Schwartz seems to be hitting her stride. She sees herself as expanding even further, noting that “as a singer, I want to explore the diverse realms of music using my voice, and I don’t want to be typified as any one genre. I want to be music.”
Black has a performance career spanning over 20 years. She started formal classical training at the age of 13, and continued that study as a vocal performance major at the University of Michigan. During her college years, she really started to expand outside of the classical realm she had been so immersed in. Black lists Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Erykah Badu as her chief influences. Her affinity for jazz, blues and R&B led her to create concepts for her own productions; in 2008, Black produced her first two-night, sold-out concerts featuring the fine talents of jazz greats Rick Roe and Josef Deas. The success continued, and in 2012 Black established the Heather Black Project for a weekly gig and six-year residency at The Ravens Club in downtown Ann Arbor. The HBP has since expanded as a unique collective and rotating cast of skilled musicians of Detroit, Ann Arbor and beyond. Inspirited in vintage jazz yet incorporating modern elements of soul, R&B, and hip-hop, HBP music yields a soulful vibe and hip groove that everyone can connect with. The core band members include Ingrid Racine, trumpet; Josef Deas, bass; Michael Malis, piano; and Jesse Kramer, drums.
MAY 16, 2020
Los Gatos was assembled by Pete Siers, in 1997. The concept of a small group, combined with traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms has positioned Los Gatos as a consistent crowd pleaser. In addition to Siers on timbales, coro and percussion, the quintet includes Cary Kocher, vibes and coro; Kurt Krahnke, bass; Brian Di Blassio, piano and coro; and Al Di Blassio, congas, vocals and percussion. They have produced three CDs: Cats Got Your Tongue?, Insight and Guaracheate!.
JULY 11, 2020
Dr. Prof. Leonard King prefers to describe his performances as “the music of my ancestors.” When he began gigging professionally in 1960, at age 12, he knew he wanted to cultivate an ensemble that could play blues, rhythm ‘n’ blues, Cuban music, jazz, and more. Beginning with Leonard King and the Soul Messengers in 1963 and continuing with the Lyman Woodard Organization, Strata Nova, and the Visger Road Drum Band, Oopapada is everywhere musically speaking.
From 1995 to 2015 the group existed as an organ trio. Currently it is a quintet and on this engagement will feature drums/vocals, trumpet, saxophone, guitar and bass.