Black Lotus Jams 2016 Retrospective

Trumpeter Jimmy Smith and I have been hosting the Black Lotus Jam every Wednesday since October of 2015.  We only missed one week due to inclement weather!

One!

Each week we highlight the music of a particular jazz composer or recording with a varying rhythm section.  Here is a list of the composers/albums we have presented:

Larry Young "Unity"
Hank Mobley "Soul Station"
Lee Morgan
Weather Report
Brecker Brothers
Freddie Hubbard
Scott Gwinnell
Wes Montgomery
Billie Holiday
Oopapada
Barry Harris
Fred Wesley
Herbie Hancock
Dexter Gordon
V.S.O.P. Quintet
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
The Adderley Brothers
Kenny Dorham
The Jazz Crusaders
Horace Silver's "Cape Verdean Blues"
Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil"
Miles Davis' "Milestones"
Chet Baker
Pat Metheny
Cedar Walton
Andrew Hill
Freddie Hubbard/Woody Shaw
Cannoball Adderley
Blue Mitchel's "The Thing To Do"
Lee Morgan's "Cornbread"
Eddie Russ
Thad Jones
The Hughes/Smith Quintet
Lou Donaldson's "Mr. Shing-a-Ling"
Tom Harrell
Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew"
JJ. Johnson
Mulgrew Miller
Billy Drummond's "Dubai"
Jimmy Heath
James Williams
Kenny Burrell

And here is a list of the phenomenal musicians who have performed with us:

Phil Kelly
Scott Gwinnell
Phil Whitfield
Glenn Tucker
Dan Karlsberg
Mike Malis
Daniel Meinecke
Duncan McMillan
Corey Kendrick
Galen Bundy
Dale Grisa
Bob Mervak
Taylor Pierson
Kris Kurzawa
John Gallo
Matt LoRusso
Larry Barris
Takashi Iio
Jeff Pedraz
Jordan Schug
Miles Brown
Eric Nachtrab
Damon Warmack
Chuck Bartels
James Simonson
Dan Kolton
Kurt Krahnke
Louis Leager
Sam Harris
Rocco Popielarski
Craig Kowalski
Jack McDonald
Nate Winn
Bill Higgins
Pete Siers
Jesse Kramer
Stephen Boegehold
Jason Gittinger
Ron Otis
Leonard King
George Davidson
David Zwolinski
Steve Nistor
Adam James
John Hill
Rick Beamon
Jeff Shoup
Rob Avsharian
Terry Kimura
Rob Killips
Matt Martinez
Chris Smith
Keith Kaminiski
Marcus Elliot
Mark Byerly
Nicole New
Liz Smith

And then there all the many cats that have come to sit in!

I am sure I am missing something or someone because there is a lot to remember! But I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn this music with this incredibly talented pool of Detroit musicians!  Detroit is a gem of a music city, and specifically a JAZZ city...and it is only that way because of the folks that come out and LISTEN and the clubs that support it!  Let's all do our part to keep this going!!!


peace, love & harmony,

James

6 comments

  • Hope Hughes

    Hope Hughes Ferndale MI

    So proud of you guys...what you have accomplished. Yes, Detroit has a treasure trove of amazing musicians.

    So proud of you guys...what you have accomplished. Yes, Detroit has a treasure trove of amazing musicians.

  • Maggie Godward

    Maggie Godward Lansing

    Love you both, Bless You!........your all welcome here in lansing anytime!

    Love you both, Bless You!........your all welcome here in lansing anytime!

  • swami

    swami black lotus brewing co

    Thank you so much for your hard work on this.. So blessed you guys are keeping the music alive.

    Thank you so much for your hard work on this.. So blessed you guys are keeping the music alive.

  • Detroit Saxophone Center

    Detroit Saxophone Center 21301 gratiot ave eastpointe mi 48021

    I have attended at least 5 nights . Thank you for the great music. I love the variety of music. Rick Pioch

    I have attended at least 5 nights . Thank you for the great music. I love the variety of music. Rick Pioch

  • Eva Hoppe

    Eva Hoppe Clawson

    I love Wednesday nights with you guys! I am so happy to have been able to see all of the amazing performances and listen to such fine musicians.

    I love Wednesday nights with you guys! I am so happy to have been able to see all of the amazing performances and listen to such fine musicians.

  • Gregg Streicher

    Gregg Streicher 15075 Lincoln Apt 631 Oak Park

    Congratulations on a very successful year ! I attribute any progress I've made in this time to the opportunity to interact with such great musicians.

    Congratulations on a very successful year ! I attribute any progress I've made in this time to the opportunity to interact with such great musicians.

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