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Jazz Datebook: September 13, 2018

Timely Hits:

Timely Hits:

Friday and Saturday, September 14th and 15th the 2nd Annual South Haven Jazz Festival is presented by Foundry Hall at Dyckman Park, South Haven. The program begins at 5 p.m. both days. Friday’s featured performers include Jephri Carey and the “What Not” Band with Cecile Savage; Turbulence; and Andrew Fischer’s Quartet. On Saturday you’ll hear the Kalamazoo Youth Jazz Combo; Benje Daneman’s Search Party; vocalist Edye Evans-Hyde; and The Lake Effect Big Band. See: https://foundryhall.org/2018/04/16/south-haven-jazz-festival/

Sunday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. jazz trumpeter and Western Michigan University Alumnus Benje Daneman celebrates the release of his new CD “Search Party” with a concert at the Jazz and Creative Institute, 310 N. Rose Street, Kalamazoo. With saxophonist Greg Ward, vocalist Ashley Daneman, pianist Rob Clearfield, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Jon Deitemyer. See: https://www.benjedaneman.com/performances/

Monday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m. The Mark Kahny Band opens the new season of Monday Night Jazz presented by The West Michigan Jazz Society. This year the events take place at The Old Goat, 2434 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids. Before pianist/vocalist Mark Kahny returns to California for the winter he’s planned a concert of compositions from the Pat Metheny Group performed with guitarist Alex Johnson, saxophonist Mike Frost and drummer Tim Johnson. See www.wmichjazz.org.

Tuesday, September 18th from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Truth in Jazz Orchestra lights up Watermark 920 at 920 Washington, Muskegon. The 16 piece big band driven by drummer Tim Froncek and featuring a plethora of outstanding soloists is a Muskegon institution these past 12 years. Food by Fatty Lumpkins; and a cash bar. www.tijo.org.

Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 Western Michigan University's award winning vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company in concert at First (Park) Congregational Church, 10 E. Park Place NE, Grand Rapids in their only Michigan concert of a program of music they’ll present at the Monterrey Jazz Festival. Tickets from www.parkchurch.org.

Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30 p.m. the Aquinas College Music Department celebrates 40 years of jazz education with a Homecoming Alumni Concert in the Kretschmer Recital Hall in the Art and Music Center, Aquinas College. Dr. Paul Brewer directs. www.aquinas.edu/music.      

Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:30 the jazz trio Tri-Fi performs in “Live and Interactive!” at Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. With Matthew Fries, piano; Phil Palombi, bass; and Keith Hall, drums. www.wmich.edu/music.       

Saturday, October 6th at 7:30 p.m. Swing Night at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center with Glenn Bulthuis and the 17-piece Hark Up Big Band in an evening of 24 Swingin’ Hits from Fank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Michael Buble and others. Van Singel Fine Arts Center is at 8500 Burlingame Ave SW, Byron Center. www.vsfac.com.

Sunday, October 7th at 3 p.m. Pianist/vocalist Mark Kahny presents “Sunday Afternoon Jazz” at New Day Church-on-the-Hill, 2965 Wycliffe Drive SE, Grand Rapids. Free. (269) 795-4234.

Tuesday, October 9th at 8 p.m. Chicago’s progressive jazz-rock band Marbin appears at Mexicaines Sans Frontieres, 120 Division S. Apartment 226, Grand Rapids.
(616) 427-5432.


Thursday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. The St. Cecilia Music Center’s new jazz season begins with GRAMMY™ Award winning Jazz trumpet great Arturo Sandoval, protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time. He has been seen by millions at the Oscars, the Grammy Awards, and the Billboard Awards. The Cuban born Sandoval was nominated 19 times and won 10 Grammies. He’s received 6 Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award, the latter for composing the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country,” starring Andy Garcia as Arturo. His two latest Grammy award winning albums are “Dear Diz “Every Day I Think of You” and “Tango Como Yo Te Siento.” Tickets from www.tickets.vendini.com and information from www.scmc-online.org.

Thursday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. Western Michigan University Jazz Studies presents the Jazz Masters Series Concert with legendary drummer Billy Hart with WMU Jazz students and faculty at the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. For 25 years Hart has served at Artist in Residence at Western Michigan University. For 50 years he’s played drums in the world of jazz with Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Shirley Horn, Miles Davis, Stan Getz and Herbie Hancock, and leads his own diverse bands. Tickets from www.MillerAuditorium.com or by phone from (800) 228-9858. More info at www.WMUJAZZ.com .

Monday, October 15th Dave and John Proulx appear with bassist Dave Rosin and drummer Fred Knapp as “The Proulx Brothers” in the Monday Night Jazz Series produced by The West Michigan Jazz Society. These club dates take place at The Old Goat, 2434 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids. www.wmichjazz.org or wmjs.gr@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 21st at 3 p.m. saxophonist John Gist plays a variety of Soul, R&B and Jazz tunes at The Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street, Spring Lake. www.sllib.org.

Sunday, October 21st at 4 p.m. the Evidence Jazz Group plays Creston Brewery, 1504 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Hard bop and Latin jazz. www.crestonbrewery.com.

Sunday, October 28th at 3 p.m. LaFontsee Galleries and www.adventuremusic.org presents accordionist Julien Labro exploring the beauty and lyricism of the French chansons as he revisits the sound of his childhood home Rodez in the south of France by modernizing the classic songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand, Charles Aznavour and others in “Julien Labro and the Chanson Experiment.” Known for his work with a wide range of musicians in jazz and classical music including The Hot Club of Detroit, Jason Vieaux, Paquito D’Rivera, Miguel Zenon, and the Spectral Quartet, the New York-based Labro brings a stellar ensemble to Grand Rapids: Jon Dixon, piano; Jordan Schug, bass; and David Alvarez, drums.  For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, see www.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820. LaFontsee Galleries are wheelchair accessible.  

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 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 Villag 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.