Music is alive and well in Detroit and musicians Alexander Zonjic, Marcus Belgrave, and others are keeping the beats going.


Amp Fiddler

Joseph “Amp” Fiddler is a keyboardist, singer and songwriter based in Detroit. He is best known for his work with Enchantment. Fiddler has played also with Prince, Parliament and Funkadelic, among others and with newer artists like Corinne Bailey Rae and Maxwell.

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Alexander Zonjic

Alexander Zonjic is a multiple Detroit Music Awards winner and an internationally known and respected Jazz and Classical flutist. This native of Windsor is just as much a part of Detroit. He is the musical director of many area music festivals and the go-to guy for many charities looking for a good show for their fund raisers.


Liz Larin

Liz Larin has won numerous Detroit Music Awards. She is a local musician extraordinaire, getting kudos for her vocals and ability to amaze with the guitar, bass and keyboards.


Marcus Belgrave

An original musician and collaborator with the legendary Ray Charles, Marcus Belgrave is a virtuoso trumpeter with many fans and a local legacy of teaching many students how to play their instrument. He is a professor of music at Oberlin University, in Oberlin, Ohio, and is the co-founder of the Jazz Studies Program at The Detroit Metro Arts Complex and the Jazz Development Workshop in Detroit.


Tim Bowman

Tim Bowman is a local guitarist who worked his way up from playing in church, being the musical director for the Gospel group The Winans, to making hits and touring the world. Tim is still a Detroiter and can be seen playing many of the local festivals in the summer.



Nadir Omowale is a Rock, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz influenced guitarist in Detroit. He refuses to be pigeonholed to one style. And fans of different musical genres claim him as their own. Nadir is another multiple Detroit Music Awards winner, picking up a string of awards since 2005.

We know this list is by no means all inclusive since Detroit is one of the most densly talented cities in the world. Leave us a comment with the name of an artist for us to research for a future Best Of Detroit list.