The New Day Collective

THE NEW DAY COLLECTIVE is a jazz fusion band made up of Detroit’s leading artists. Influenced by The Crusaders, The Brecker Brothers and Snarky Puppy, this band brings its own new and creative voice to the genre. They play with a heavy dose of funk, rock and jazz featuring well-crafted original compositions and open improvisational sections. This band brings the fire!
The New Day Collective is: Kris Kurzawa (guitar), Dale Grisa (keys), Jimmy Smith (trumpet), James Hughes (sax), John Barron (bass), Jason Gittinger (drums), and Dan Schmatz (percussion).

The Hughes/Smith Quintet

The HSQ is a Detroit-based jazz quintet that performs original music. Spearheaded by Saxophonist James Hughes & Trumpeter Jimmy Smith.

The Woodward Horns

The Woodward Horns is a Detroit based horn section.

Yao/Smith/Hughes Sextet

The Yao Smith Hughes Sextet brings a fresh, new set of original compositions following in the footsteps of the straight-ahead jazz tradition of Detroit. Hard-bopping melodies, tight 3-horn arrangements, colorful voicings, driving swing feel and soulful grooves are all trademarks of The Gates. Trumpeter Jimmy Smith and saxophonist James Hughes of Detroit are joined by New York trombonist John Yao to form a co-led ensemble. They each are band leaders in their own right, but set all that aside to collaborate on this 2019 recording.

Jimmy Smith Trio

The Jimmy Smith Trio play every other Thursday night at Goodnite Gracie in Royal Oak, MI.

The Hughes/Smith Jam @ Cliff Bells

The Hughes/Smith Jam is a monthly jam session (1st Wednesday of each month) hosted by Jimmy Smith & James Hughes at Cliff Bell's

Each month we feature music of a different composer or music from a different record. Each week we also feature a different rhythm section.

Second set is a open jazz jam

The LTD's Featuring Liz Smith

The LTD's Featuring Liz Smith is a funk/soul project that plays around the Detroit area.