City Slang: Coming up at Trinosophes


Blackman Revue

Trinosophes reopens on Friday, January 3 for the first of its Detroit avant jazz series of the new year, with Skeeter C.R. Shelton's Spectrum 3 with Maxie Arthur and Khaleelah performing.

“One of the great musicians of the Detroit creative music scene, Skeeter C.R. Shelton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and uniquely emotive saxophonist who spent his early years in the company of Chicago's legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, of which his father, Ajaramu, was a charter member. Skeeter has worked with James Blood Ulmer, Fred Anderson, Faruq Z. Bey, Hakim Jami, Thollem McDonas, The Northwoods Improvisers, Michael Carey and Kenneth Green. As a leader, he fronts the various incarnations of Spectrum--for this performance, a trio of veteran jazz and funk drummer Maxie Arthur and dancer Khaleelah, best known for her work with local percussionist Efe Bes.”

Doors are at 7. Suggested cover is $7-$10. $20 gets you in with a vegan-friendly dinner.

The following day, Saturday, January 4, the Blackman Review will perform.

“Bringing his prodigious old-school turntable skills and a hot new incarnation of his live band, The Blackman is poised to launch like never before. As a DJ, his spins mostly established dance classics, but with such an eclectic ear that he'll take risks that most genre-limited djs won't consider; a recent DJ set heard him cutting up matched pairs of Frank Zappa's mid 60's a cappella-weirdness, "Help I'm a Rock," into a musique concrete dance track. His band serves up the funk in the Detroit-style and features Parliment/Parlet singer Shirley Hayden on vocals.”

Doors are at 8, cover is $8.

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