Jazz Datebook: September 14, 2017

Timely Hits:

Saturday, September 16 from 4-5 p.m. Organissimo plays at The Grand Haven Salmon Festival, 101 N. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven. See www.ghsalmonfest.com.

Sunday, September 17th at 3 p.m. The General Assembly big band performs the big band jazz music of Count Basie, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton alongside the dance band music of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey at 3 p.m. in the Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts, 48th Street, Fremont. Information from (231) 924 – 8885 or www.dogwoodcenter.com.

Sunday, September 17th at 7:30 p.m. at The Credit Union, 405 E. Broadway, Muskegon, the Lisbon born guitarist and electronic music artist Rafael Toral plays “post free-jazz electronic music” in his “space program,” including Chicagoans Jim Baker, keyboards, and Steve Hunt, drums and vibes. Information from nicksondy@gmail.com

Monday, September 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 the West Michigan Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz events return for a new season with bassist/vocalist Susan Morris and Blue Monk at New Holland Brewing / Knickerbocker Loft, 417 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids. The next Monday Night Jazz is October 16th with the husband and wife musical team from Chicago, vocalist Petra van Nuis and guitarist Andrew Brown joined by bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers; then on November 20th with Patty Gayle singing accompanied by Bob Thomson on drums and Mike Frost on saxophones. See www.wmichjazz.org for more information.

Friday, September 29th the jazz organ trio Organissimo celebrates the release of their new compact disc, recorded live at The SpeakEZ Lounge in Grand Rapids, with a CD release party at The Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grill, 760 Butterworth St. SW, Grand Rapids. Tickets via www.ticketweb.com.

Thursday, October 5th at 7:30 the Western Michigan University Jazz Master Series presents the vocal ensemble MOSS featuring Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, Jo Lawry and Kate McGarry, a super group intertwining jazz, classical, pop, folk, electronica, world music and poetry into their own sound scape. The concert takes place at The Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Tickets from (800) 228-9858. See www.wmich.edu/jazz.

Tuesday, October 10th at 9:30 p.m. a jazz jam at The Moose Café, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids. See www.aquinas.edu/music or write music@aquinas.edu.

Saturday, October 14th, Organissimo appears from 3-4 p.m. at Founders Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, as part of Founder’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Sunday, October 22nd at 3 p.m. the Underground Music Series returns to LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, with percussionist Adam Rudolph’s sextet “Moving Pictures,” an ensemble including Adam Rudolph: handrumset;  Alexis Marcelo: Fender Rhodes, electric keyboards, Hammond B3; Damon Banks: electric bass; Hamid Drake: drumset, percussion; James Hurt: sogo and kidi drums, oghene bell, okonkolo, smart phone synthesizer module and sound design; Kenny Wessel: electric guitar, electronics; and Ralph M. Jones: c flute, alto flute, bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones, husli, bamboo flutes.  Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures just released its first new album in over five years, “Glare of the Tiger,” a perfect example of creative music looking to the future while expressing the sound of now. Says Adam Rudolph, “It is my feeling that to honor tradition, one should look forward and not backward. The tradition is to sound like yourself and create a NEW music that reflects the NOW. To put it another way, Yusef Lateef often said to me, "Brother Adam, we are evolutionists." This concert is presented by Adventure Music, www.adventuremusic.org. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $10 for students.

Sunday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. California pianist Josh Nelson explores original music with Western Michigan University’s faculty and student ensembles. An accompanist to Natalie Cole, Joe Chambers and Kurt Elling, to name a few, Nelson is a respected name in jazz. This concert at Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, is free and open to the public. See www.wmich.edu/jazz .

Thursday, November 2nd “Big Band Nouveau” plays at H.O.M.E. in The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, from 8-10 p.m. Classic modern/mainstream jazz by Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, and Chuck Mangione.

Thursday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m. “The Encore Jazz Series,” celebrating 10 years of presenting great jazz at St. Cecilia Music Center, opens with four time Grammy award winning bassist Christian McBride and his trio Tip City. Information from (616) 459 – 2224 or www.scmc-online.org.


Regular Hits:

Mondays from 8 to 11 p.m. pianist/vocalist John Shea swings downtown Grand Rapids from the front window of The Republic, 45 South Division, Grand Rapids.  With bassist Warren Jones III and drummer Fred Knapp, John presents a wide variety of jazz and songbook standards. www.republicgrandrapids.com.

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. 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, Lee and David Middleman play guitars with Chris Cudworth, bass, Rick Stephens, keyboards and Pat Eickenroth, percussion, as Swingtooth, anchoring the Monday night jam session at Rockford Brewing Company, 2 East Bridge St, Rockford. See www.rockfordbrewing.com or phone (616) 951 – 4677.

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 10:30, there’s an open mic jazz jam session at The Grand, 22 Washington, Grand Haven, MI. (616) 847 – 8944.

Wednesdays, from 6-9 p.m. it’s “Jazz Night” at The Old Goat, 2434 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, features live jazz. See www.baaaaaaaa.com.

Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. The Tom Hagen Trio with vocalist Rick Reuther have been appearing at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids for more than 13 years, the longest continuous jazz hang in west Michigan. (616) 493 – 6686, or www.notosoldworld.com.

Wednesdays, House of Music Entertainment at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, 49503, occasionally features jazz and blues. More from www.thebob.com/houseofmusic .

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. See www.thebooknookjavashop.com and click on the calendar for Thursday night.

Thursdays from 7- 10 p.m. then Friday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m. live jazz at Lily Pearls, 115 S. Washington Street, Owosso, MI 48867. See www.lilypearls.com or phone (989) 720 – 5852.

The first Thursday evening of each month the Bill Huyge/Jeff Beavan/Dave Schock trio appear at New Harmony Hall, 401 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids. Phone: (616) 233-9186, or on the web, www.harmonybeer.com.

Fridays at 7 p.m., “It’s a Friday Thing” features vocalist Kathy Lamar with pianist Bob VanStee and drummer Kevin Jones at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids. See www.notosoldworld.com or call (616) 493-6686.

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.

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.

The second and fourth Sundays of the month from 2-4 p.m. the River Rogues traditional jazz band (see www.theriverrogues.org ) alternate weekends with the Bill Huyge, Jeff Beavan, David Schock trio at the New Harmony Hall, 401 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids. Phone: (616) 233-9186, or on the web, www.harmonybeer.com.

Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Jazz Brunch” at The Old Goat, 2434 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, features live jazz with bassist Chris Kjorness and drummer Tim Froncek anchoring the house band . See www.baaaaaaaa.com.

Sundays at 7 p.m. Randy Marsh’s Sunday Night Jazz Hang at The Speak EZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids (616) 458 – 2689.  A fun jam session celebrating a 3rd year anniversary Oct 18. Student jazz musicians under 21 with a parent or legal guardian have a chance to play from 8:15 until 9:00 p.m. Anyone under 21 has to leave at 9 pm.  The host trio plays from 7:00 - 8:00. 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.