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Jazz Datebook: October 19, 2018

Timely Hits:

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.

Tuesday, October 23rd at 1 p.m. The Rhythm Section Jazz Band plays a daytime concert of swing music at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hills Avenue SE, Grand Rapids. The Rhythm Section Jazz Band was formed in 2002 to play Paul Sherwood’s 4,000 arrangements for big band, jazz band, dance and theater orchestras. More from www.enjoylearning.com or paulsherwood@grar.com.

Thursday, October 25th at 7:30 p.m. vocalist Ashley Daneman presents a preview concert for her new recording “People Are Fragile” at Bells Eccentric Café, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo. With her husband Benje Daneman on trumpet; Rob Clearfield, keys; Rufus Ferguson, keys; Andrew Vogt, electric bass; Keith Hall, drums. Audience members receive an advance copy of the album.

Saturday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m. The West Michigan Concert Winds open their 40th season of concerts with “Fall Into Jazz III” with drummer Tim Froncek and Jazz Legacy 6-tet in music of Jeff Tyzik, “Riffs,” and other jazz classics at The Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave Muskegon. Tickets from 231.727.8001 and information from www.wmcw.org.

Saturday, October 27th at 7 p.m. accordion wizard Julien Labro presents his “Chanson Experiment” at the Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon. The French-born accordionist/bandleader Julien Labro will play music from the classic French songbook. Tickets from the Muskegon Museum of Art Museum Store by calling (231) 720 – 2580.

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.

Sunday, October 28th at 4 p.m. The Beer City Saxes plays Christ Lutheran Church, 2350 44th St, Wyoming, MI. With saxophonists including Gary MCourry, Jim Hayward, Mike Lutley, Tom Lockwood, Tom Stansell, Greg Marsden, Bob Nixon and, playing a rare bass saxophone, Dave Dorner, the band includes pianist Steve Talaga, bassist Dave Colee and drummer Eddie Eicher. Information from (845) 913 – 5058.


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.