Who We Are
Seven of Detroit’s top players, including Andy Wickstrom (trumpet), Bob Maitland (trombone), Len Temelini (saxophones), Tony Suhy (bass), Dave Marcaccio (drums), Kurt Schreitmueller (piano) and Armado Vega (Latin Percussion/Vocals)
My wife and I were at your show last night at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe. The band was/is absolutely fantastic!!! Smooth, slick, clean, cool Latin Jazz. Great arrangements. Great dynamics. Great grooving. Great soloing. Great musicianship. We were in front and at one point we turned around to see THE ENTIRE ROOM dancing behind us in between the tables!!! Can't wait to see you guys again!!!!!!!!
- Steve Tocco Feb. 7, 2014
"Man what a show!!!! I showed up at Bakers, didn't know who was playing but WOW what a pleasant surprise!!!! LOVED the show!"
- Kimberly Harris from Facebook Jan. 31, 2014
"Thank YOU for a great performance"
- Craig Strain, after the Michigan Jazz Festival, 2013
"Wonderful time, wonderful people, wonderful band... Great dancing!
- "Mambo Marci", YA SAlsa Dance Club Dec. 1, 2013
"Just finished listening to the audio recording. Fantastic! ... keep us posted!"
- Philip B. From Facebook Jul. 18, 2013
The LL7 "Latin Jazz Machine"
LL7 adds energy and excitement to Jazz! This 7-piece group presents an exciting mix of both Latin and straight-ahead jazz, with an emphasis on tight, creative arrangements.
LL7 Features Sax, Trumpet, Trombone and vocals, driven by the rhythmic pulse of piano, acoustic bass, drums and Latin percussion.
We’ve been heard…
The band played to a capacity crowd when featured on the Chase Main Stage of the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival, and five years in a row at the Mighigan Jazz Festival. We play club dates in some of the best-known Detroit jazz clubs, including Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and Cliff Bell’s. The band has been featured on the Music Hall Discovery Series radio program hosted by Judi Adams, carried on WVMV-FM, 98.7 FM in Detroit.
Where We Play:
· Jazz Clubs
· Concerts and Festivals
· Latin Dance Parties
· Any special occasion
that can use some hot Jazz!
Visit the Shows tab for specific dates
Interested in having us at your special occasion or event?
Jim is a native of Ashtabula, Ohio and now calls the Metro Detroit area home. Jim graduated from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, where he majored in Jazz Studies/Music Education. In college, he played with professional groups that included The Don Burns Orchestra, The Angelo Lacivida Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, The House Band and other various groups throughout Northeast Ohio. During the summers from 1995 – 2000, Jim could be seen at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, playing in some of the live shows that the park offered. After earning his degree from YSU, Jim toured with The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra where he performed in 23 states, the Caribbean, as well as a six-week tour of Japan. In 2010 Jim formed Mainstreet Soul and in 2015 formed the Metro Detroit Jazz Orchestra.
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Bob's music career got a jump start after his first couple years of college when he joined the Air Force. He played with the 661st A.F. Band of Flight full time for four years. Since then he has played with various big bands, small bands, shows, and concerts. Bob also served as principal trombonist with the Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the trombone he is also a church music conductor/director, playing acoustic guitar, leading worship, and arranging at a large local church.