Jazz Café – Music Hall Detroit: An Inside Look

Dr. Angela Seabright
Barry Prichard

| 3 min read

Jazz Cafe - Music Hall Detroit
Jazz Café is still relatively unknown, despite residing at Music Hall and arguably hosting the best jazz season of all performing arts centers in the Midwest. Jazz Café has seen performances from a number of great musicians, as well as poets and artists, from around the country. Some notable names include Jeff “Tain” Watts, Elaine Stritch, and John Sinclair. Artists hailing from Detroit itself have also made appearances, such as Ralphe Armstrong, Luis Resto, and Kimmie Horne.
The venue is 20 feet by 64 feet with a 12 by 16 foot stage and has a capacity for up to 86 attendees. It features an Essex by Steinway 6-foot grand piano, custom-made jazz drum kit, full professional sound system, and 16-channel mixing board with two monitor mixes.
Available for private events, Jazz Café is ideal for performances, networking events, wedding receptions, and album release parties. There are also shows every day of the week, including a monthly comedy night on Wednesdays and weekly jam session on Sundays.
Sunday Jam Sessions
The Sunday jam session is a particularly important event, as it helps Jazz Café fulfill one of the missions of Music Hall — to educate youth on the rewards of performing arts — while enabling new jazz musicians to develop their talents. Jazz Café provides a space for young musicians to share ideas, compete, and challenge themselves by playing in a variety of keys and tempos and with people of all abilities, including many whom they have never met before.
Such an experience is only possible in a club with an audience, as it is impossible for musicians to learn the same skills in a formal, educational environment. All high school students from the Vocal Jazz Academy and students of jazz studies at Wayne State are invited to attend these free events.
Other Music Hall Spaces:
3Fifty Terrace
3Fifty Terrace - Music Hall Detroit
Photo Credit: Courtesy image, Music Hall
Detroit’s premiere rooftop nightclub for VIP service and special events. Located on the rooftop of Detroit’s historic Music Hall, 3Fifty Terrace features 10,000 square feet of unique rooftop and open air space for a night out or to host a special event. The space includes a full array of amenities to host any type of event from birthday parties to corporate or nonprofit events. The 3Fifty Terrace is open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.
Music Hall
Music Hall - Detroit
Photo Credit: Barry Prichard, A Healthier Michigan
Situated on 350 Madison Ave. in Detroit, Music Hall is in the heart of the best-selling entertainment district, together with two stadiums and six other theaters. Open to everyone, it is often called “the people’s theater.” Its motto: Practice Your Cool. Perfect Your Cool reflects the theater’s mission: to provide the community of Detroit with innovation and quality through performing arts and education.
Music Hall is only able to continue providing programming that appeals to the diverse cultures of Southeast Michigan thanks to support from donors, corporate sponsors, and foundations like the Matilda R. Wilson Fund and Masco Foundation.
Editor’s note: This content was originally published on Jazz Cafe’s homepage, used with permission. This blog post is part of a series highlighting music venues across Michigan and the communities that enjoy them.
Check out more photos of the Jazz Café below:
Jazz Cafe - Music Hall Detroit
Jazz Cafe - Music Hall Detroit
Jazz Cafe - Music Hall DetroitJazz Cafe - Music Hall DetroitJazz Cafe - Music Hall Detroit
Photo Credit: Barry Prichard & Music Hall Staff

A Healthier Michigan is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
No Personal Healthcare Advice or Other Advice
This Web site provides general educational information on health-related issues and provides access to health-related resources for the convenience of our users. This site and its health-related information and resources are not a substitute for professional medical advice or for the care that patients receive from their physicians or other health care providers.
This site and its health-related information resources are not meant to be the practice of medicine, the practice of nursing, or to carry out any professional health care advice or service in the state where you live. Nothing in this Web site is to be used for medical or nursing diagnosis or professional treatment.
Always seek the advice of your physician or other licensed health care provider. Always consult your health care provider before beginning any new treatment, or if you have any questions regarding a health condition. You should not disregard medical advice, or delay seeking medical advice, because of something you read in this site.