Jazz Datebook: May 29, 2019

Timely Hits:

Friday, May 31st at 7 p.m. Walt Gutowski and The Bridge Street Band appear at 443 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids.

Wednesday, June 5th at 5:30 (music starts at 6) “A Bird’s Life: A Celebration of Charlie Parker” as part of the Ford After Five series at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, with the John Shea Trio: John, piano and vocals; Rob Hartman, bass; Fred Knapp, drums; and special guests Max Colley III, trumpet; Tom Lockwood, saxophones. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov.

Wednesday, June 5th at 7 p.m. two modern masters, saxophonist/bass clarinetist David Murray (formerly of the World Saxophone Quartet) and percussionist Kahil El’Zabar, perform at the Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grill, 760 Butterworth St. SW, Grand Rapids. Tickets through www.eventbrite.com.

Monday June 10th, and then each Monday until August 12th, the West Michigan Jazz Society presents “Jazz at Millennium Park Meadows,” Millenium Park/Grant Pavilion, 1451 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 10, East Kentwood High School Jazz Ensemble 1; June 17, drummer Scott Veenstra’s band featuring Ramona Collins; June 24, Blue Monk; July 1, Kat Jones and Company; July 8, The Starry Night Octet plays the music of Dave Pell; July 15, Evidence plays Cu-bop and other forms of Latin Jazz; July 22, “Double Trouble” with vocalists Mary Rademaker Reed and Francesca Amari and the Mark Kahny Group; July 29, Gustavo; August 5, bassist Paul Keller; August 12, Bob Nixon leads the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra. www.wmichjazz.org.

Tuesday, June 25th through Sunday, June 30th at 7 p.m. the Robin Connell/Paul Brewer Quartet appear In the 2019 Summer Concert Series, aka The Scully Tour. Tuesday, June 25th at First Street Beach, Douglas Park’s Rotary Gazebo, Manistee; Wednesday, June 26th The Ludington Center For the Arts, 107 S Harrison St, Ludington, www.lundingtonartscenter.org; Thursday, June 27th, Upbeat Cadillac at Rotary Pavilion,100 S. Lake St., Cadillac; Friday, June 28th, Rambadt Park, 700 N Park St, Reed City; Saturday, June 29th, Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin, www.baldwinsummerconcerts.org; Sunday, June 30th at Gull Landing, 438 S Hancock St, Pentwater, www.gullanding.com. (The jazz organ trio Organissimo will follow the same schedule of venues Tuesday through Sunday July 2nd through July 7th).

Thursday, June 27th through Sunday, July 7th The West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival takes place in Montague, Michigan, primarily at the Book Nook and Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St, Montague unless otherwise noted. On Thursday, June 27th at 7 p.m. the In The Blue Jazz Ensemble; Tuesday, July 2nd at 7 p.m. The Pherotones plays an outdoor concert at the Montague Band Shell; Thursday, July 4th at 10 a.m. the Feral Cats appear for “Bloody Mary’s and Blues;” Friday, July 5th at 10 a.m. “Java and Jazz” features the Kenji Trio, while the 7 p.m. jazz showcase and wine tasting presents the Xavier Davis Trio; Sunday, July 7th at 10 a.m. the music and mimosas brunch welcomes the Josh Harlow Trio. Information from www.westmichiganwinejazz.com.

Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:30 the Matt Lintula leads the Starry Night Octet in the music of Dave Pell at 920 Watermark, 920 Division, Muskegon.

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.

Thursday, August 22nd at 7:30 p.m. jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic and Friends play smooth jazz at The Block 360 W Western Ave, Fl 2nd, Muskegon, as part of the Shoreline Jazz Festival. See www.shorelinejazzfestival.com for a full schedule.

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, beginning January 18th, 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.