Ann Arbor Native, vocalist Joan Belgrave first started singing at Ann Arbor's Second Baptist church, went on to study classical voice, and is now known in jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B circles. A versatile singer and natural entertainer, Belgrave is a proven crowd-pleaser with original compositions and new takes on classics—including a recent Dinah Washington tribute.
JOAN BELGRAVE, vocals
Vocalist, producer, songwriter, Joan Belgrave, began her musical career like so many others, singing in the choir of the Baptist church. Her musical education continued while studying classical voice. Her versatility as a musical stylist allowed her to perform as a vocalist in various genres of music from Jazz, Blues, and Gospel to Soul. Joan arrived in Los Angeles from Michigan in the late 70’s performing primarily as a lead vocalist. A powerful voice and her own jazzy/blues style, her 2005 release CD Variations embodies all of this and more. Her new CD Excitable (2009) brings together a young New Orleans virtuoso pianist with veteran players, mixing the old with the new. Joan is a touring Lead Vocalist with 4th generation New Orleans Charlie Gabriel’s Traditional Jazz Ensemble and a lead member of the Motown Legends Gospel Choir.
MICHAEL L. JELLICK, piano
Born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Detroit, MI, Michael has become a mainstay on the Detroit Jazz scene and beyond. A well sought-after pianist, Michael has had the pleasure of playing with, and/or recording with such greats as Bobby McFerrin, Christian McBride, Common, Ingrid Jensen, Rodney Whitaker, James Carter, Sheila Jordan, Marcus & Joan Belgrave, Karriem Riggins,Marion Hayden, Dwight Adams, as well as versatile array of others. When he isn't performing with his own groups (or with tap dancers) he is often found immersed in his equal love of teaching masterclass across the U.S., as well as composing and arranging. You can also find him on the Blue Note Records release, Detroit Jazz City.
IBRAHIM JONES, bass
Born in Detroit, MI, Ibrahim is a graduate of Cass Technical High School & studied music education at Wayne State University. He was nominated for a Detroit Music Award (D.M.A.) for "Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist" in 2013, Detroit Black Music Award (D.B.M.A) winner for "Bassist of the year" in 2012, & was a nominee for "Musician of the year" in 2011. He has studied under Marion Hayden, Don Maybarry, Ralph Armstrong, Ray McKinny, and former DSO bassist John Kennedy. He is the son of jazz trumpet great, Felton Jones. Having toured and performed in jazz and R&B bands, Mr. Jones has worked with a host of world renowned musicians that include Roy Ayars, Benny Golson, The Spinners, Randy Brecker, K-Jon, Freda Payne, Marcus & Joan Belgrave, Mary Wilson, Diane Schuur, Jason Marsalis, James Carter and many more.
BRANDON WILLIAMS, drums
Born In Detroit, MI, his life has always included music. As a listener, as a musician, and ultimately, as a producer. He has been called a musical architect. In 2014 he released a debut album entitled XII featuring Robert Glasper, Jean Baylor (formerly of Zhane’), Frank McComb, Nicholas Payton, Choklate, the DSO and more. He has also been personally endorsed as a great producer by the legendary Quincy Jones, and has recorded with the legendary Stevie Wonder. He has performed with Johnny O’Neal, Najee and Ronnie McNeir (Four Tops), many more. Known as one of the premiere drummers on Detroit’s live music scene. In 2009, he collaborated with Vickie Winans on “How I Got Over”. The album earned him 9 Stellar Awards nominations (winning one), a Grammy Award nomination, and a NAACP Image Award.