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Name: Nicole New

Sound: This jazz singer and band leader has a velvety, soulful voice. She draws on pop, opera and musical theater influences, too.

Next: New performs at Cliff Bell's at 2030 Park in Detroit Friday night at 9:30 p.m. Her combo for this evening includes Mike Jellick on piano, John Muir on bass and drummer Rick Beamon. Cover charge is $10. Call (313) 961-2543 or visit cliffbells.com. 

Sunday jam: Once a month New also lends her talents to the craft cocktail lounge Sugar House at 2130 Michigan in Corktown. She's there this Sunday 7-10 p.m. with Matt LoRusso on guitar, Ryan Freitas on bass and drummer Michael Reed. 

Melody Baetens

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