Mike Monford

Saxophonist, Composer, Music Historian

Studio 1440 Presents SUnday Jam Sessions

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Studio 1440 Sunday Jam Sessions is a monthly in-studio series hosted by Mike Monford. Mike hand-picks from a wide selection of  top musicians from Detroit and the nation and brings them together for a Sunday afternoon of live jazz, and other genres.

Jumping off in December 2014, each session features a theme for the jam, with such themes as "Jazz for the Musically Inclined,"  "The Valentine's Edition - Love," "Jazz Meets Funk," "The Art of the Drum," and "Lyrical Lessons of Love."  While the instrumental presentation is the focus, Mike often features spoken word artists and vocalists to add a touch of color to a session.

One of the long-standing features of each session is the musician "Talk Back," a Q & A or conversation period between band members and the audience. The "Talk Back" is an intimate moment for the audience to get to know the players, and for the players to share their love of their instrument, the music they play, along with giving insight into their musical journey.

Lead by Mike Monford, featured Jam Session musicians have included:

Marion Hayden, bass

Djallo Djakate, drums

Gabe Gonzales, drums

Brandon Williams, drums

Duminie Deporres, guitar

Sascha Kashperko, guitar

Malik Alston, keys

Glen Tucker, keys

Craig Huckaby, percussion

Marcus Elliot, tenor sax

Vincent Chandler, trombone

Musicians sitting in have included:

Raven Eaddy, bass

Shana Byas, drums

Charles Greene, keys

Ife, percussion

Skeeter Shelton, sax

 

Each Sunday Jam Session has a flavor all its own, and the studio is often standing room only.

 

The Art of the Drum Jam Session (left to right): Craig Huckaby, Mike Monford, Sascha Kashperko, Shayna Byas, Brandon Williams, Skeeter Shelton

The Art of the Drum Jam Session (left to right): Craig Huckaby, Mike Monford, Sascha Kashperko, Shayna Byas, Brandon Williams, Skeeter Shelton

The Art of the Drum: Shayna Byas sitting' in

The Art of the Drum: Shayna Byas sitting' in

The Art of the Drum crowd

The Art of the Drum crowd

Jazz for the Musically Inclined Jam Session (left to right): Marion Hayden, Vincent Chandler, Marcus Elliot, Mike Monford

Jazz for the Musically Inclined Jam Session (left to right): Marion Hayden, Vincent Chandler, Marcus Elliot, Mike Monford

Marion Hayden's bass

Marion Hayden's bass

Jazz Meets Funk Jam Session

Jazz Meets Funk Jam Session

Jazz Meets Funk Jam Session - (left to right, back) Craig Huckaby, Gabe Gonzales, (front) Malik Alston, Mike Monford, Duminie Deporres

Jazz Meets Funk Jam Session - (left to right, back) Craig Huckaby, Gabe Gonzales, (front) Malik Alston, Mike Monford, Duminie Deporres



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