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Jazz Datebook: March 13, 2018

Timely Hits:

Friday, March 16th at 9 p.m. Kevin Bujo Jones plays percussion with his ensemble “Music of the Tenth World” at Creston Brewery, 1504 Plainfield Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. (616) 805 – 4523. With saxophonist John Gist, pianist Paul Lesinski, bassist Charles Johnson and drummer Zac Adleman. Jones played percussion for Whitney Housten, The Isley Brothers, Gngela Winbush and many others as a resident of New York City. Information from www.kevinjonespercussion.com.

Monday, March 19th at 7 p.m. 8-string electric guitarist Charlie Hunter returns to the Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grill, 760 Butterworth Street SW, Grand Rapids, with vocalist Dara Tucker and percussionist Damon Grant. For tickets see www.ticketweb.com or call the bar: (616) 272-3910.

Wednesday, March 21st at 8 p.m. Organissimo, the jazz organ phenomenon, appears at Speak EZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids. With Jim Alfredson, organ and keyboards; Lawrence Barris, guitar; and Randy Scott March drums and harmonica.

Thursday, March 22nd at 7:30 jazz vocalist Kurt Elling returns to St. Cecilia Music Center (Elling opened the first SCMC Jazz Series in Nov 2007). Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists, winning the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight times. Grammy nominated over a dozen times, Elling has also been honored with international jazz awards, including the prestigious Edison Jazz Oeuvreprijs (Lifetime Achievement Award). Gold Company, the internationally regarded and award-winning vocal jazz ensemble from Western Michigan University, opens for Kurt. His band will include: Stu Mindeman, piano; Clark Sommers, bass; John McLean, guitar; Christian Euman, drums;
Marquis Hill, trumpet & flugelhorn; and John Wojciechowski, saxophones. Information from (616) 459 – 2224 or www.scmc-online.org

Friday, March 23rd at 8 p.m. the New York Voices open the 38th Annual Gold Company Vocal Jazz Invitational at Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. New York Voices is a jazz vocal group that was founded in 1987 by Peter Eldridge, Caprice Fox, Sara Krieger, Darmon Meader, and Kim Nazarian. Then, Sat, March 24th at 8:00pm Gold Company is featured in the closing concert of the 38th Annual Gold Company Vocal Jazz Invitational directed by Greg Jasperse. Tickets available from Miller Auditorium at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 & at the door.

Sunday, March 25th at 3 p.m. in the Underground Concert Series guitarist Gene Bertoncini celebrates his 80th birthday during his 25th year collaborating with bassist Tom Knific of Western Michigan University. The duo is joined by vocalist Sunny Wilkinson who just released “Into the Light.” The concert takes place at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids. Information from www.adventuremusic.org or (616) 745 – 4353.

Saturday, March 31st at 8 p.m. pianist Chick Corea joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor. Information from www.ums.org


Regular Hits:

Mondays from 8 to 11 p.m. pianist/vocalist John Shea swings downtown Grand Rapids from the front window of Rockwell 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. https://www.rockwellsrepublic.com/

Mondays December 11th and 18th, “Jazz and Gin” with trumpeter Brad Fritcher’s Moods at Long Road Distillery, 537 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids. (616) 228-4924.

Mondays from 6-8 p.m. at Our Brewing Company, 76 E. 8th Street, Holland, the Hope College Jazz Night. See www.ourbrewingcompany.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 often featuring the Take Three Jazz Ensemble.

Wednesdays, from 6-9 p.m. it’s “Jazz Night” at The Old Goat, 2434 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, featuring 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 8, Laura Bennett sings with Chris Corey on keyboards at New Holland Brewing, the Knickerbocker, 417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids. See http://laurabennettmusic.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. See www.thebooknookjavashop.com and click on the calendar for Thursday night. 3-15, Checkers Morton; 3-29, Detroit area pianist Josh Harlow with Peter Formanek, jazz bassist Michael Formanek’s son. He is a saxophonist, flutist, and clarinetist.

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, http://harmonybeer.com/harmony-hall/

Fridays and Saturdays from 7-11 p.m. jazz at The Rendezvous in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th drummer Scott Veenstra’s Trio; 3-23 and 3-24, Noelle Frost Trio; 3-3- and 3-31 vocalist Edye Evans Hyde Trio.

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 Through Sundays live jazz is featured in the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 235 Louis Street NW, Grand Rapids. Every Friday at 7 p.m. the John Shea Trio plays.  Saturday, March 16th from 7- 10 p.m. vibraphonist Jim Cooper leads the trio; Sunday, March 17th for the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. jazz brunch saxophonist Mike Frost and guitarist Mike Hyde play; 3-24, Take Three Jazz; 3-25, guitarist Greg Miller; 3-31, guitarist Steve Hilger’s trio.  (616) 242 – 1448.

Fridays from 8 – 11 p.m. a variety of local jazz bands rotate through the schedule                                     at 18th Amendment, 350 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon.

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 Bill Huyge, Jeff Beavan, David Schock trio (https://www.facebook.com/events/163529711041371/). Alternate weekends with the River Rogues traditional jazz band (see www.theriverrogues.org ) at 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.