Midtown Detroit welcomes The Carr Center Performance Studio to the Cultural Center with this unique 13-part music series, FREE to the public, featuring works by a wide range of women composers, from unique to popular, from historic to current, from blues to bebop, and beyond… performed by an outstanding line-up of jazz performers hailing from New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and  Detroit.

The participating midtown venues for this sensational series of free concerts are: 

  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Detroit Historical Museum     
  • Detroit Public Library
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra – The Cube
  • MOCAD      
  • The Scarab Club 
  • The Wright Museum      
  • And …  The Carr Center Performance Studio.

**Jazz Crawl is a special music series linked to, New Standards: Part 1 of Shifting the Narrative: Jazz and Gender Justice, a world premiere multimedia installation, curated and conceived by NEA Jazzmaster, 3-time Grammy Award winner and Carr Center Artistic Director, Terri Lyne Carrington, running from October 14 – November 27 at The Carr Center Performance Studio, 15 E. Kirby Street in midtown. To learn more about the installation click here.


October 14
6:30 p.m. Detroit Historical Museum:
Penny Wells

7:30 p.m. The Scarab Club
Andy Milne and La Tanya Hall with Gregoire Maret

8:00 p.m. Detroit Historical Museum
Nicole Mitchell, Marion Hayden, Jovia Armstrong

9:00 p.m.  The Carr Performance Studio  
Jazzmeia Horn with The Gathering Nonet

October 15
6:30 p.m. Detroit Public Library 
The Gathering Nonet with Sean Jones and Terri Lyne Carrington and Matthew Stevens                         

8:00 p.m. Detroit Orchestra – The Cube 
Lizz Wright and Lisa Fisher

9:00 p.m. The Carr Center Performance Studio
The Carmen Lundy Band

October 20  
6:00 p.m. The Carr Center Performance Studio
Savannah Harris and Nicole Glover

7:30 p.m.  The Wright Museum
Charenee Wade

October 21
7:00 p.m. Detroit Institute of Art
The Tia Fuller Band

8:00 p.m. MOCAD
Linda May Han Oh

9:00 p.m. The Carr Center Performance Studio
Camille Thurman

October 28 
7:30 p.m.  Detroit Institute of Art
Susie Ibarra

9:00 p.m.  The Carr Center Performance Studio
Darynn Dean, featuring Paul Cornish

All Performances Are Free To The Public.
All of the performances will be single 75 minute sets.

Meet the Artists

(in alphabetical order)

Andy Milne: Pianist/composer Andy Milne has been a distinct and respected voice at the heart of New York’s creative jazz scene for over 20 years. A fearless, versatile explorer, he has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, poets, and musicians spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. His main compositional vehicle for the past two decades has been his group Dapp Theory, a quintet that intersects the crossroads between lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism.

Camille Thurman: Acclaimed by Downbeat Magazine as a “rising star” with “remarkable, Fitzgerald-esque scat prowess” and hailed by All About Jazz as a “first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof off the place”, Camille Thurman has been amazing audiences all over with her impeccable sound and captivating artistry. She is a two-time award winning recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award and the first woman in 30 years perform full time with the world renown Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Charenee Wade: Known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove, Wade evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, two of her musical touchstones. Offering, her Motéma debut is the first full-length album tribute to Gil Scott-Heron by a woman. Offering is arresting in just how timely Scott-Heron’s messages are today and how perfectly Wade delivers them through her savvy arrangements and intimate jazz interpretations.

Carmen Lundy: “Musicians as diversely gifted as Carmen Lundy, who has excelled as a vocalist, composer, lyricist, arranger, and pianist for more than 30 years, remain far and few between” – Jazz Times. Currently on Afrasia Productions label, Carmen was a 2021 Grammy® Nominated artist for her 15th album Modern Ancestors, for Best Jazz Vocal Album.  Her 2017 release, Code Noir, debuted at #6 on the Billboard Jazz Chart to both critical acclaim. As a composer, Ms. Lundy’s catalog has over 150 published songs, one of the few jazz vocalists to ever accomplish such a distinction.

Darrynn Dean: A recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, with a BA in Jazz Vocal Performance, 22-year-old Darynn Dean is ready to take the world by storm. No stranger to Jazz, her grandfather, Donald Dean Sr. is a renowned drummer (Les McCann, Carmen McCrae and Eddie Harris), her father, Donald Dean Jr. is also a drummer (Kenny Burrell, Rickey Lee Jones). A true rising star from Los Angeles, Darynn says, “I’m so excited to move forward to my next chapter, and I can’t wait to share the stage with the Jazz greats of my generation.

Gregoire Maret: Grammy winner, Swiss born harmonica player and composer, Gregoire Maret moved to New York City at 18 years old to study at the New School University. Over the course of the past decade, Gregoire has emerged as a unique and compelling new voice across a wide spectrum of the modern jazz world. That his chosen instrument – the harmonica – is a relative rarity in the genre is one element in his singular sound, but far from the whole explanation. The extensive list of heavy- hitters who have enlisted him for their own projects include Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, Sting, Prince, Diane Reeves, Tito Puente,  Marcus Miller and more.

Jazzmeia Horn: Three time Grammy nominated singer, Jazzmeia Horn is an accomplished Jazz singer and songwriter. In 2015 She won the coveted Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. Critically acclaimed, her vocal gifts have been compared to the stylings of such iconic women of Jazz, as Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan. She also won the prestigious NAACP Image Award for her soul-stirring Jazz Album, “Love & Liberation.”

JoVia Armstrong: JoVia Armstrong is a well-traveled musician, composer, producer, and educator from Detroit, Michigan. She won the 2014 Best Black Female Percussionist of the Year through the Black Women in Jazz Awards. She was the percussionist and a composer for Detroit-based World /Jazz group Musique Noire. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California-Irvine in the music department’s Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology program.

La Tanya Hall: If one word could be used to describe La Tanya Hall’s talent, it would have to be diverse. Her versatility in a variety of musical genres has allowed her to travel the world and work with some of the world’s most celebrated artists, including Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Michael Feinstein, Patti Labelle, Kris Kristofferson and Steve Tyrell. She is also an in-demand session singer and an accomplished actress, having lent her skills to numerous recording projects, Broadway shows and television and movie appearances.

Linda May Han Oh: Bassist and composer, Linda May Han Oh has performed and recorded with artists such as Pat Metheny, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington, among others. She has won accolades from news outlets such as JazzTimes, which called her a “major bass voice”. Originally born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, she has received many awards and critical acclaim, including 2022 Bassist of the Year by Jazztimes. Linda has composed work for large and small ensembles as well as for film.

Ms. Lisa Fischer: After four decades of featured background singing with icons like Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, and Nine Inch Nails, Ms. Lisa Fischer set out to take center stage on her own. The 2013 Best Documentary Oscar winning film “Twenty Feet from Stardom” altered the course of Lisa’s musical journey, telling her story, with clips of her legendary duets with Sting or with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter”. Fischer can sing soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with equal facility and authority. She often mixes styles in the same song, sometimes in the same vocal line and her range is legendary.

Lizz Wright: A steward of American music, acclaimed vocalist Lizz Wright reclaims her legacy with the launch of an independent record company, Blues & Greens Records.Wright’s label venture is designed to forge an innovative business model where artists are positioned to build sustainable and wholesome careers. Rising out of the pandemic and returning to stages across the globe, Wright embraces her career through an inspired initiative where she is at the helm of her business. Her debut release, Holding Space, became the first master recording she owns.

Marian Hayden: Born in Detroit, bassist, composer and educator, Marion Hayden is one of the nation’s finest acoustic bass players. She has performed with such diverse luminaries as Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton, Hank Jones, Vanessa Rubin, Sheila Jordan and many others. She is a co-founder of the touring jazz ensemble Straight Ahead- the first all woman jazz ensemble signed to Atlantic Records. She is also a member of the Detroit International Jazz Festival All-Star Ambassadors touring ensemble.

Matthew Stevens: A leading artist of his generation, Grammy Nominated “Matthew Stevens’ singular style dissolves the demarcation lines between jazz, rock and ambient music.” (Mojo****) Stevens’ music is “honest and soulful” (Pitchfork) and is described as “music (that) advances the ideals of modern jazz”. (NPR)
Stevens’ songs and guitar playing are featured on over 70 albums including those by artists Christian Scott atunde Adjuah, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Sean Jones, Linda May Han Oh, and more. He lives in Harlem NY and is a Professor of Jazz Studies at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD.

Nicole Glover: Nicole Glover is a saxophonist, bandleader, composer, and educator currently based in New York City. Growing up in Oregon, she was introduced to the music through her father’s record collection, and studied in programs dedicated to priming students for touring and performing, such as the award winning American Music Program and Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.She established herself as a rising saxophonist performing with esteemed artists such as Christian McBride, Al Foster, Victor Lewis, George Cables, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Billy Hart, Esperanza Spalding,Kenny Washington and more and in 2020 she was invited to join Blue Note supergroup ARTEMIS.

Nicole Mitchell: Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association. She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and she composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression.

Paul Cornish: Los Angeles based pianist Paul Cornish is currently the pianist for the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance. He regularly performs at premier venues around Los Angeles and has been heard on stages around the world from Europe, Australia, and South America to Carnegie Hall. He is also an accomplished composer and educator, was a finalist in the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Competition and is on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He has worked with artists Herbie Hancock, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kanye West, John Legend and more.

Penny Wells: Penny Wells rose from singing in youth choirs at her church to be a standard of talent to be recokend with. Her sultry and sophisticated sound has come from a background of vocal music styles such as Jazz, Classical, Spirituals and Gospel. She has studied at Wayne State University, Department for Music and Performing Arts and the Detroit Community Music School of Arts. She has also studied voice under the tutelage of Frances Brockington, Director of Vocal Music at Wayne State University.

Savannah Harris: A New York City-based drummer, composer, and producer Savannah was raised in Oakland, California by musician parents, she gravitated towards the drums at age two. Steeped in a jazz tradition, Savannah’s work reflects her versatility. She’s performed with Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard and Billy Childs. Currently, she’s been working extensively with Aaron Parks, Melanie Charles, Or Bareket, Peter Evans, and Joel Ross. In 2019, Savannah was awarded the Harlem Stage Emerging Artist Award, and she received her master’s in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Sean Jones: Music and spirituality have always been intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator, and activist Sean Jones. He has been prominently featured in recordings and performances with many major figures in jazz, including Jimmy Heath, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter. Jones is also an internationally recognized educator. He is president of the Jazz Education Network and is Chair in Jazz Studies at The John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute in Baltimore.

Susie Ibarra: A Filipinx composer, percussionist, and sound artist, Susie Ibarra is a contemporary composer and percussionist who has worked and recorded with jazz, classical, world, and indigenous musicians around the world. One of SPIN’s “100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music,” she is known for her work as a performer in avant-garde, jazz, world, and new music. Ibarra remains active as a composer, performer, educator, and documentary filmmaker in the U.S., Philippines, and internationally. She is interested and involved in works that blend folkloric and indigenous tradition with avant-garde.

Terri Lyne Carrington: An NEA Jazz Master and Carr Center Artistic Director, Terri Lyne Carrington, has become one of the giants of today’s jazz music. A three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning drummer, composer, producer, and educator, Terri Lyne is the first female artist to ever win the GRAMMY®Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. She has played with countless jazz luminaries including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Esperanza Spalding, and many others. In 2019, she received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award and currently serves as founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

The Gathering Orchestra Nonet: A two-year fellowship program, under the artistic direction of renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker, former member of the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra and Carr Center Resident Artist. The Gathering is a professional development opportunity for talented, early career musicians. The Nonet is an ensemble of the Orchestra, created during the pandemic, so that the work could continue. Most recently they performed the world premiere of “The Resonate Suite,” written for The Nonet by keyboardist, composer, arranger and educator, Patrice Rushen.

Tia Fuller: When Grammy-nominated Mack Avenue recording artist, composer, and bandleader Tia Fuller picks up her saxophone, something amazing happens. Blending technical brilliance, melodic creativity, and the performing precision drawn from both her academic and stage experience, Fuller is a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of jazz, pop, R&B, and more. Currently, Fuller balances the worlds of performance and education, fulfilling a demanding schedule as both a busy touring and recording artist and a full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

**Jazz Crawl is a special music series linked to, New Standards: Part 1 of Shifting the Narrative: Jazz and Gender Justice, a world premiere multimedia installation, curated and conceived by NEA Jazzmaster, 3-time Grammy Award winner and Carr Center Artistic Director, Terri Lyne Carrington, running from October 14 – November 27 at The Carr Center Performance Studio, 15 E. Kirby Street in midtown. To learn more about the installation click here.