Bert's Market Place


2727 Russell St



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Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 8-11pm
This Thursday, February 19th at 8:00 p.m. at legendary local jazz club Bert's Marketplace on 2727 Russell Street in Detroit, join us for a fun and important benefit concert featuring excellent music for a great cause! This concert will help raise funds needed by famed sax man Kenny Brinkley and his longtime partner, artist and educator Sandi Combs, in their fight to keep their longtime Detroit home. Kenny Brinkley played saxophone for Motown's traveling band in the 1960s and in the decades since has performed at clubs around Detroit with artists such as Little Willie John, Joe Weaver, Alberta Adams and Don Davis. Once they learned that Kenny faces losing his family home, the local musical community has come out in a strong show of support. This concert will feature performances by Kenny Parker and his Band, RJ Spangler's KC6 Band with special guest Camille Price, Jarrod Champion, Dan Devins, and members of the Back Door Blues band. Even if you can't make it to the show, you can help by making a tax-deductible donation. Just write a check to United Community Housing Coalition, write "Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs" in the memo line, then mail it to Detroit Eviction Defense, P.O. Box 24999 Detroit, MI 48224. Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs are facing eviction from their Detroit home. An order authorizing their eviction could be signed any day now. The home that Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs live in has been in Kenny’s family since 1951. Kenny is a former Motown musician and Sandi is an artist and educator. After Kenny’s health deteriorated and Sandi lost her full-time job, the couple lost their home in a 2010 tax foreclosure auction to a company called Detroit Property Exchange. The company had them pay rent every month, telling them that the money would go towards them purchasing their home. Just when Detroit Property Exchange had led Mr. Brinkey and Ms. Combs to believe that their home was almost paid off, they discovered that the company had in fact not paid any property taxes on the home. Their home was sold at tax foreclosure auction to a California company called Sussex Immobilier, LLC. Sussex refused to accept any rent or to entertain any offer from Mr. Brinkley and Ms. Combs to purchase their home, and instead hired a property management company from Grosse Pointe Farms called Blackbird Asset Management to evict them. Mr. Brinkley and Ms. Combs are willing to pay a reasonable monthly rent and/or make a reasonable offer to purchase their home, but Sussex and Blackbird seem more interested in kicking them out. Their story was recently covered by Fox 2 News. Click here to see the story: Sandi and Kenny are resisting their eviction with the help of Detroit Eviction Defense. But in the meantime, they need help raising the money to make an offer to buy their home back. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation. Just write a check to United Community Housing Coalition, write "Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs" in the memo line, then mail it to Detroit Eviction Defense, P.O. Box 24999 Detroit, MI 48224. We will not accept this. We must not stand idly by while Detroiters are thrown out on the street and our neighborhoods are taken over by greedy property speculators and vulture capitalists. Kenny and Sandi are just two of the thousands of victims of Detroit's unjust and inhumane tax foreclosure crisis. You can help by calling these numbers: Eric Novak from Blackbird Asset Management at 313-588-0377. Sussex Immoblier LLC at 732-213-8040. John Hagling of Sussex LLC at 818-913-4481. When you call, say: “I am calling to demand that you work with Kenny Brinkley and Sandy Combs and allow them to stay in their family home at 678 Taylor Street in Detroit, Michigan. They are willing to pay a reasonable amount to purchase their home back. I will stand with Detroit Eviction Defense and we will do everything possible to keep them in their home. We have no intention of seeing this couple out in the street.” Detroit Eviction Defense is a coalition of homeowners, tenants, union members, faith-based activists, community advocates, and allied groups united in the struggle against foreclosure and eviction. We believe that affordable housing is a human right, the foundation of a viable community. It’s never too late to organize in defense of your home and your neighborhood, but no one should fight this fight alone.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 6-8pm
Join us for our final Detroit Happy Hour with special guest Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Rebecca Thompson, a candidate for State Representative in Michigan's 1st District. Come learn about Rebecca's vision for the district and help support her efforts to win on August 5th.
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7pm through Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11:30pm
7pm through Saturday, March 1 at 11:30pm
For Immediate Release Owner of the Bert's Jazz Club in the Eastern Market/Bert’s Warehouse/Bert’s Motown Room, Bert W. Dearing Jr. turns 70. In a 1920's fashion! Detroit Michigan- Bert W. Dearing Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday March 1, 1944 at 7:45 am, at the Parkside Hospital on Bush and Illinois to parents Bert William Dearing Sr., age 20, and Eleanor Alford age 18. Burt Sr. was a hustler and factory worker at the Chrysler Plant and mother Eleanor was a well-respected restaurant owner on Mack, in the days when the east side's Black Bottom reigned and injected Jazz and Blues into the threads of "New Detroit". Named by the French, Black Bottom was located on Detroit's East side bounded by Gratiot Avenue, Brush Street, and the Grand Trunk railroad tracks. Mr. Bert grew up on the eastside Detroit's Mack and Riopelle. As a boy Bert Dearing Jr. was known in the neighborhood as a hard worker, with his very large paper route, and the work he did in his Grandfather's grocery store. Bert Dearing's childhood was filled with positive activities. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and he also tried his hand at sports, football, baseball he tried them all. After graduating from Northwestern High School, he attended the Electronics School of Detroit and briefly worked at a Chrysler Plant, following after his father Bert Sr. He was drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam War, serving his duty in Korea. Raised by a long lineage of entrepreneurs, Bert Dearing's desire and determination to own and operate his own business was also born. His great-great grandfather, Joe Cox was a merchant marine until late 1800s. His family resided in Jasper, Florida where Bert's great-grand-mother, Josephine sold pots and pans from a covered wagon. Her father Joe started yet another business, by going down to the rail road tracks carrying passenger's luggage from the train station in a wheel barrow. Eventually owning a hotel, and general store. Bert Dearing opened his first Jazz Club named Bert's Black Horse Saloon in 1968. In 1989, there was "All that Jazz" 1977-1988 on Cadillac Square. There after opening: Jazz on the River on Belle Isle from 1994 to 1999. Bert's Jazz Market Place opened in the Historic Eastern Market area in 1987. This became the focal point for Bert's in the City County Building, Bert's on Broadway and Dearing's Banquet Room, Bert’s Entertainment Complex that also houses Bert's Motown Room, Bert's Food Court, Bert's Warehouse Theatre and Hastings Street Room. In 1996 he became the Hotdog Man in Detroit. He was awarded an eight year contract with Home Depot. ... also noted for receiving a 2010 Brown Bomber Jacket as an inductee at the Sunny Wilson Spirit of Champ Award Ceremony, and a ring at the 2010 Detroit Negro Slow Pitch Softball League Awards Ceremony, and he is a proud member of the Macon, Thomas, West Bloomfield Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. We are honored to celebrate our very own....Renaissance man, faithful Eastside/Detroiter, bar owner, father, sportsman, supporter, innovator Bert William Dearing Jr. Happy Birthday celebration. Bert is loved and widely respected by the Detroit community, and the world. He has served and continues to serve by giving back to the good people of Detroit. He enjoys traveling with his wife, family and lifelong friends. He relishes his role as a family man and humanitarian. This event is 36 hours of absolute fun with 1920 twist... March 1, 2014 Come dressed in your roaring 1920 threads. The theme is "1920's "Night Life after midnight.". Bert's Dearing's Birthday Celebration will no doubt be a smash hit! Where celebrities, fans, friends, family and the media will mingle, network, dance, and celebrate. Starting Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Bert's Jazz Club located at 2727 Russell Detroit, Michigan (Between Mack & Gratiot) Doors open at 5:00pm. When I asked Mr., Bert what does he have in store for us, in the next five years ....he simply replied, "Double that"! • 36 Hour Line Up Friday, February 28, 2014 DJ/ Dance & Cocktails 5p-2a in Motown Room Friday, February 28, 2014 John Douglas Quartet 9-3a in Jazz Room Saturday, March 1, 2014 Words & Waffles (Early Morning Poetry & Waffles) hosted By Sky Covington 3a-6a Saturday, March, 1, 2014 DJ/Dance & Cocktails 5p-2a in Motown Room Saturday, March 1, 2014 Blues w/ Champagne & Friend in the Jazz Room Saturday, March 1, 2014 1920's After Midnight Bert’s Warehouse 7pm For more information 313 576.2030