Jazz Datebook: October 13, 2014

Regular Hits:

Mondays from 6 to 10 p.m., Fridays 7 – 11 p.m. and Saturdays 6-10 p.m. The What Not Inn features a revolving cast of local musicians each weekend and Mondays hosts a jam session open to musicians and vocalists. They have two good jazz shows coming up in. See the full schedule here: www.whatnotinn.com. The What Not Inn is located at M89 and the Blue Star Highway, 2405 68th Street, Fennville, MI. (269) 543-3341.

Mondays from 8 to 11 p.m. pianist/vocalist John Shea swings downtown Grand Rapids with bassist Warren Jones III and drummer Fred Knapp from The Republic, 45 South Division. If you heard the trio with Greg Sergo, you were part of an important chapter in west Michigan’s jazz story. www.republicgrandrapids.com.

Monday night at 8 p.m. Swingtooth hosts the open mic jam at the Rockford Brewing Company, 12 E Bridge St, Rockford, Michigan, (616) 951-4677. Swingtooth includes two acoustic hand-built guitars played by Lee and David Middleman, with Chris Cudworth on bass.

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. it is diva time at Bar Divani, 15 Ionia Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, as the finest female singers in the area step up and swing. For a full schedule: http://www.bar-divani.com/tastings-a-events/live-music Phone (616) 774 – 9463.

Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. The Tom Hagen Trio with vocalist Rick Reuther at Notos Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids. (616) 493 – 6686, or www.notosoldworld.com.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday live piano jazz is heard from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mangiamo, 1033 Lake Drive S.E., Grand Rapids. Information from (616) 742 – 0600.  www.thegilmorecollection.com.

Thursdays at 7 p.m. a variety of jazz bands rotate the schedule at The Book Nook and Java Shop, 8744 Ferry Street in Montague. Among the bands on the rotation: Checker’s Morton, a jazz band loved by Unitarians and good listeners alike, features pianist/composer Bob VanStee; The Lakewinds Jazz Quartet with Dave Collee on trombone and bass, Vince Liefers at the piano, Tim Froncek, drums, and special guest Tom Stansell, saxophones play straight ahead; the Dave Collee Quartet with pianist Eric Thorne and vocalist Ginny Dusseau, drummer Tim Froncek, and saxophonist/flutist Bob Nixon bring a night club vibe; Multi-instrumentalist (bass and trombone) Dave Collee’s Quartet plays great jazz standards. The last Thursday of the month belongs to trumpeter Brad Fritcher and Trios. See www.thebooknookjavashop.com and click on the calendar for Thursday night.

Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., pianist-vocalist Robin Connell plays in the Lumber Baron Bar at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids. See www.robinconnell.com.

Every other Thursday from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. “The Mood Swings” swing a taste at Eurobistro, 6450 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids. With drummer Milt Szernick, bassist Jeff Beavin, keyboards by Ed Dublis, saxophone by Charlie Royce and the voices of Angie or Hanna Royce, this band comes to play for you listening pleasure. Information from (616) 719 – 2017.

Fridays, 7 p.m. the John Shea Trio plays at the J.W. Marriot Hotel, 235 Louis Street N.W., Grand Rapids. (616) 242 – 1448.

Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Swingtooth plays the Jazz Brunch at the Hit The Road Joe Café, 7291 Elm Ave., Croton (2 miles north of M-82).  Swingtooth plays standards on acoustic, hand built guitars by Lee and David Middleman, with Chris Cudworth on bass. See www.hittheroadjoe.moonfruit.com or www.facebook.com/Swingtooth.

Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30, live jazz at Restaurant Toulouse, 248 Culver Street, Saugatuck. Friday nights are for vocalist Libby York, www.libbyyork.com, while Saturdays belong to Diana Vandewater. Information from (269) 857 – 1561.

Saturdays at 7:30, pianist John Shea leads his trio at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids. See www.notosoldworld.com or call (616) 493 – 6686.

Saturdays at 7 p.m. guitarist Steve Hilger’s Trio Jazz appears at the Louis Benton Steak House, 35 Ionia Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. (616) 454-7455.

On the Third Saturday of each month, Hope Church, 2010 Kalamazoo, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507, presents “Jazz and Justice” with jazz from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and a Justice conversation from 7:20 to 8 p.m.  Saturday, October 18th, jazz by Catlindt Landrum and Smooth Groove; Justice topic, Prison Reform; November 15th, jazz by Grupo Aye; Justice topic, Immigration; December 20th, jazz by The Fred Knapp Trio and the Justice topic, Human Trafficking; January 17th music by vocalist Edye Evans-Hyde, Justice topic, Racial Reconciliation.  

Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. guitarist Greg Miller brings his 6-1-6 guitar concept to the J.W. Marriot Hotel, 235 Louis Street N.W., Grand Rapids. (616) 242 – 1448.

Sundays, Randy Marsh’s Sunday Night Jazz Hang at The Speak EZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids, is a fun jam session.  Information from (616) 458 – 2689.  Student musicians under 21 with a parent or legal guardian will have a chance to play with Marsh from 7 to 9; the host trio plays from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday, October 19th at 7:00pm, Randy Marsh Celebrates his 2 year anniversary of Sunday Night Jam Sessions at the Speak EZ Lounge with Organissimo; then, on10-26, Steve Talaga keys and newcomer Michael Sundt on bass. www.speakezlounge.com.

First Sunday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra plays Founders Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Avenue S.W., downtown Grand Rapids. The GRJO is the region’s premier professional jazz orchestra. Information from www.grjo.com.


Timely Hits:

Wednesday, October 15th through Saturday, the 18th, Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, presents the 18th Annual Edgefest, this year on the theme of “Bas(s)ically Sound!,” with bassists William Parker, Steve Swell, Mark Helias, Jaribu Shahid, Jason Roebke, Harrison Bankhead, Mark Dresser, and many others. See http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/edgefest. Or phone 734-769-2999.

Friday, October 17th at 7:30 p.m. Sweet Honey in the Rock sings in the Dimnent Memorial Chapel, Hope College, Holland, during Hope’s “Great Performances Series.” The Grammy Award winning all woman, African American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock celebrates life from an African American historical and cultural perspective. Tickets from (616) 395 – 7890 or www.hope.edu.gps/.

Friday, October 17th though Sunday, October 19th, Hothouse presents the Old and New Dream Festival at The Promontory, 5311 South Lake Parke Ave. West, Chicago IL 60615. This is the culmination of HotHouse’s year, and celebrates the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), as it approaches its 50th anniversary. Musicians performing include David Murray, Douglas Ewart, Hamid Drake, Jaribu shahid, Ari Brown, Pharoah Sanders and many, many others. See www.hothouse.net.


Saturday, October 18th at 8 p.m. vocalist Sunny Wilkinson leads a quartet with pianist Ron Newman at the Riverwalk Theater, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing. Tickets from (517) 482 – 5700. See www.sunnywilkinson.com.

Sunday, October 19th at 4 p.m. The River City Jazz Ensemble led by David Wells plays music of the Big Band Era (Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie) with vocalist Kathy Wagner at Central Reformed Church, 10 College Avenue NE (corner of College and Fulton), Grand Rapids. This concert kicks off the 2014-2015 Barker Series and is free to the public.

Tuesday, October 21st at 7:30, Hope College’s Jazz Arts Collective, Contemporary and Mainstream Jazz Ensembles are joined by Artist in Residence, organist Tony Monaco, for a concert of Monaco’s music at Dimnent Memorial Chapel, Hope College, Holland. The concert is free.

Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Trio Globo blends jazz, American folk-pop and various ethnic influences culled from their worldwide travels. With Howard Levy, harmonica; Eugene Friesen, cello and bass; and Glen Velez on percussion. See www.trioglobo.com for their music. The concert is held in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. There’s a master class at 1 p.m., there, too, and Dr. Robert White will present a pre-concert talk at 7. This event is in collaboration with the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and the Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association. (269) 387 – 4667.

Friday, October 24th at 7:30 p.m., saxophonist Donny McCaslin brings his exploratory sounds in music to the Knickerbocker Theater, 86 E. 8th Street, Holland. With pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Mark Guiliana they’ll present this free concert. Then, Saturday, October 25th at 11 a.m. they’ll conduct a musical clinic at Wichers Auditorium in the Nyrerk Hall of Music, Hope College, Holland. Information from www.donnymccaslin.com or from Brian Coyle, Director of Jazz Studies, Hope College, (616) 395 – 7653.

Saturday, October 25th Park Church opens the “Great American Voices Concert Series” with a show called “Sibling Revelry,” presenting Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway in a program of jazz, pop standards and classic show tunes. “Sibling Revelry” opened in New York this summer to sold out houses. Information from First (Park) Congregational Church UCC, 10 East Park Place NE, Grand Rapids, www.ParkChurchGR.org or (616) 459 – 3203. See: http://54below.com/artist/sibling-revelry/.

Monday, October 27th at 6:30 Chicago vocalist Petra van Nuis and The Andy Brown Trio with bassist Joe Policastro and drummer Bob Rummage appears in the Monday Night Jazz Series at Bobarino’s in The B.O.B., 20 Monore Ave NW, Grand Rapids. A presentation of the West Michigan Jazz Soceity, www.wmichjazz.org.

Saturday, November 1st, the Balkan and Eastern European feel of the Goran Ivanovic Trio is featured at The Block, 360 West Western Avenue, 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI 49440. See http://www.goranguitar.com .

Thursday, November 20th at 8 p.m., saxophonist Joshua Redman Trio’s appears in concert at The St. Cecilia Music Center’s Royce Auditorium, 24 Ransom Ave NE, Grand Rapids 49503. SCMC’s Jazz Series this year features bassist Christian McBride’s trio on February 19th and vocalist Rene Marie’s tribute to Eartha Kit on March 12th. Tickets and information from www.scmc-online.org or (616) 459 – 2224.

Friday, December 12th the Bad Plus plays The Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Information from www.grcmc.org/theatre or www.thebadplus.com.

Sunday, February 8th at 3 p.m. the new series of piano concerts in Grand Rapids features Xavier Davis with bassist Matt Brewer. “Jazz in the Sanctuary” is held at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids 49503Information from www.jazzinthesanctuary.eventbrite.com or (616) 459 – 8386.

Friday, February 20, 2015, the Kris Bowers Trio appears in “Dinner and a Show” presented by the Fontana Chamber Arts in Kalamazoo. 6:30 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. performance at Cityscape at the City Centre, Kalamazoo. Information from www.fontanachamberarts.org or (269) 382-7774.