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Blues at Plymouth-Ann Arbor Elks
41700 Ann Arbor Rd E, Plymouth, Michigan 48170
Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwritier and multi-instrumentalist. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he's the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists.
Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues and traditional country/folk circuits found in and around Detroit. He has come to identify in large part with early New Orleans jazz, blues and soul music while retaining the smokey, bar-room romanticism he's become known for.
He is and has been a member of numerous musical groups including The Sights, Ryan Dillaha and The Miracle Men, Jennifer Westwood and The Handsome Devils, The Brunswick Brawlers, The Kansas City Six and has toured both nationally and internationally in his career.
Jarrod is an active live and studio session musician and has written music for stage plays, films and video productions. He also writes and performs original music under his own name, fronts his own jazz, blues and swing ensembles and can be found in top jazz and blues establishments in and around the city of Detroit and beyond.
WDET: Culture City Weekend Feature
His roots are deep in Detroit, but when he sits in front of the keys, Jarrod Champion’s sound makes its way to the south, over in the dixieland and delta. Ask anyone, he’s one of the best in the city. If it’s top notch Detroit made music you seek, look no further.
— WDET's Travis Wright