Jazz Datebook: November 15, 2018

Timely Hits:

Friday, November 16th at 9 p.m. the up and coming jazz band “Blushing Monk” plays the 18th Amendment Spirits Company, 350 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. www.18thamendmentspirits.com or (231) 375-5064.

Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. the “blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty” of guitarists Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque returns to The Block, on the second floor at 360 W. Western Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440. Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, this performance features the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players. Tickets through www.theblockwestmichigan.org

Sunday, November 18th at 3 p.m. the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band plays Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capital Ave., Lansing. www.lansingsymphony.org.

Monday, November 19th at 6:30 p.m., veteran jazz bassist Elgin Vines is featured in the West Michigan Jazz Society’s “Monday Night Jazz” series at The Old Goat, 2343 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids. More from www.wmichjazz.org.

Friday, November 23rd at 8 p.m. “The Bridge” performs live at Mexicains Sans Frontieres, 120 Division Ave S, Apt. 226, Grand Rapids, as part of an extensive tour of America. With Chicagoans Josh Berman, cornet, and Jason Stein, bass clarinet, and Frenchmen Eduard Perraud, drums, and Didier Petit, cello, The Bridge seeks to answer through playing what does today’s “new thing” sound like. (616) 427-5432 (search Mexicains Sans Frontieres on Facebook). http://frenchculture.org/events/8968-bridge-15.

Saturday, November 24th at 8 p.m. vocalist Kathy Lamar entertains with her quintet at 18th Amendment Spirits Company, 350 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. www.18thamendmentspirits.com or (231) 375-5064.

Monday, November 26th at 7:30 p.m. Harry Connick Jr. and his band present “A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration…Holiday Edition” at DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. www.ticketmaster.com. 800-745-3000.

Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m. the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis presents “Big Band Holidays” at Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor. Including two special guest vocalists: Veronica Swift and Vuyo Sotashe. Tickets from www.ums.org or by calling (734) 764-2538.

Thursday, December 6th at 8 p.m. pianist/vocalist Robin Connell leads her trio, with bassist Charles Johnson and drummer Ian LeVine, at One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom, 136 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids. The play a blend of standards and pop tunes using her trademark original arrangements.

Sunday, December 9th at 2 p.m. Organissimo plays The Cascade branch of the Kent County District Library, 2870 Jacksmith SE, Grand Rapids. Great jazz organ trio music with Jim Alfredson, Lawrence Barris and Randy Marsh.

Wednesday, December 12th pianist John Shea leads his trio during an evening of dinner, music and dancing as the West Michigan Jazz Society presents their annual Holiday Party at Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade SE, Grand Rapids. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7, music throughout. RSVP wmjs.gr@gmail.com (616) 490 – 9506 or www.wmichjazz.org.


Regular Hits:

Mondays from 8 to 11 p.m. pianist/vocalist John Shea swings downtown Grand Rapids from the front window of Rockwell’s Republic Gastropub Restaurant and Beer Garden, 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.rockwellsrepublic.com.

Mondays from 8 to 11 p.m. live jazz at Long Road Distillers, 537 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, featuring In The Blue Jazz Ensemble every other Monday. www.longroaddistillers.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.

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.

The first and third Wednesdays of the month, Blushing Monk is heard at Brass Ring Brewing in the Alger Heights neighborhood of Grand Rapids, 2404 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids. See www.brassringbrewing.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.

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.

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.

On Friday nights from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Jim Cooper plays jazz vibes 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 8-11 p.m. jazz at The Rendezvous in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids.

Fridays from 7-10 p.m. drummer Randy Marsh leads “The Joy Zone” with guitarist Neil Gordon, organist Cliff Metcalf and Randy at Forty Pearl, 40 Pearl Street NW #110, Grand Rapids. See www.fortypearl.com or phone, (616) 608-7741

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 Mixology, the lounge of the the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 235 Louis Street NW, Grand Rapids. Every Friday at 7 p.m. the John Shea Trio plays.  Saturday’s the music is heard from 7-10 p.m. and Sunday’s from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., (616) 242 – 1448.

Fridays from 8-11 p.m. In the Blue Jazz Ensemble hosts a jam session t The Village Inn Pizza Sports Bar & Grille on 44th Street near Breton in Grand Rapids.

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.

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.