Jazz Datebook: August 14, 2019

Timely Hits:

Tuesday, August 20th through Sunday, August 25th at 7 p.m. Pianist/vocalist Cheryl Hodge leads her group in the 2019 Summer Concert Series, aka The World Class Jazz Mini-tour. Tuesday, August 20th at First Street Beach, Douglas Park’s Rotary Gazebo, Manistee; Wednesday, August 21st, The Ludington Center For the Arts summer concert series at Waterfront Park, 300 W. Williams St, Ludington, www.lundingtonartscenter.org; Thursday, August 22, Upbeat Cadillac at Rotary Pavilion,100 S. Lake St., Cadillac; Friday, August 23rd, Rambadt Park, 700 N Park St, Reed City; Saturday, August 24, Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin, www.baldwinsummerconcerts.org; Sunday, August 25 at Gull Landing, 438 S Hancock St, Pentwater, www.gullanding.com.

Friday, August 16th, Third Coast Gipsy Jazz plays Django Reinhardt inspired music at Luciano’s, 103 Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, August 17th and Sunday August 18th GrandJazzFest returns to Rosa Park Circle, downtown Grand Rapids, for two days of free concerts. On Saturday the traditional concert opener, The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Edye Evans Hyde; Tenth World Featuring Kevin Jones and Kelvin Scholar; Deon Yates; Bryan Lubeck; Paula Atherton; and headliner Guitar G-Force with Tim Bowman, Nils, Steve Oliver and Jay Rowe. On Sunday, Organissimo; Tumbao Bravo; The Grand Rapids All Stars; and the Urban Jazz Coalition. See www.grandjazzfest.org.

Sunday, August 18th from 2:30-4:30 jazz travels to South Haven when vibraphonist Jim Cooper presents a Jam Session at Cogdal Vineyards, 7143 107th Ave, including Tim King, bass, and Jim Allen, drums.

Wednesday, August 21st The Sounds From the Forest concert series, held at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin (see www.baldwinsummerconcerts.org), presents vocalist Jenna Mammina  and guitarist Rolf Sturm.


Thursday, August 22nd at 7:30 p.m. jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic and Friends featuring James Lloyd from the group Pieces of a Dream play at The Block 360 W Western Ave, Fl 2nd, Muskegon, kicking off the 6th Annual Alexander Zonjic Shoreline Jazz Festival. See www.shorelinejazzfestival.com for a full schedule. www.startickets.com.

Saturday and Sunday, August 24th and 25th, Alexander Zonjic’s Shore Jazz Festival 2019 at Muskegon’s Heritage Landing, with after parties at the Delta Marriott Ball Room, Muskegon. A weekend of music headlined by Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns featuring Aubrey Logan, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Kenny Lattimore, and Sweet Sexy Soul with Will Downing and Avery Sunshine. For more see www.shorelinejazzfestival.com. Or call (419) 280-1073.

Tuesday, August 27th, hot off their run at the Porto Bello in Grand Haven, it’s retro cocktail swing by JMM Jazz from 6-7 p.m. at The Hackley Public Library. Read all about it at www.hackleylibrary.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 Rob Hartman and drummer Fred Knapp. John’s songbook is 6 inches thick. 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.

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 The Zeppelin Lounge of New Holland Brewing’s 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.

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 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.