Homecoming gig for multi-instrumentalist Ralph “Buzzy” Jones


After a long stay on the West Coast, former Detroiter Ralph “Buzzy” Jones moved closer to home a year or so ago to join the faculty at Oberlin in Ohio.

But to the best of our reckoning, he’s gotten no closer to the city than a Kerry Town gig with percussionist Adam Rudolph last year. (At least for performing.)

So it’s good to see the reedman (and multi-instrumentalist) will be playing Saturday at Studio 20 by 15 in the Russell Industrial Center.

While away from the city on the West Coast, Jones was integral to the group Eternal Wind, which also includes the aforementioned Rudolph and another former Detroiter, trumpeter Charles Moore. And as a member of that group he became a close musical associate of Yusef Lateef. (Eternal Wind backed up Lateef in presentations with the DSO and at the Detroit Jazz Festival not that many years ago.)

For his Saturday gig he appears with the SOTRE (Seeker of Truth Revolutionary Ensemble) with Ibrahim Jones on contrabass, Issa Abramaleem on percussion, chants, and spoken word, and Mahindi Masai on percussion.

His most recent recordings are Ye-Yi, an intimate and expansive duo with Rudolph, and as part of Rudolph’s Moving Pictures group on their more in-your-face (and –ear) Both/And. (Both recommended releases are on Rudolph’s META label.)

The Saturday hit is from 8 p.m. to midnight at Studio 20 by 15, Russell Industrial Center, 1610 Clay at I-75, building No. 2, third floor; secure parking; 313-538-9811; $20 admission.


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