Jazz Datebook: April 20, 2017

Timely Hits:

Friday, April 21st, 2017, the Wayne Shorter Quartet appears in the Cobb Great Hall of The Wharton Center For the Performing Arts, East Lansing. See: www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/wayne-shorter-quartet.

Saturday, April 22nd, percussionist Kevin Jones leads a quintet of stellar local players through bop, R&B, Caribbean and African grooves at One Trick Pony, 136 Fulton Street NE, Grand Rapids. (616) 235-7669.

Sunday, April 23rd at 3 p.m. percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake appear as Karuna in the Underground Concert Series at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids. See www.adventuremusic.org.

Wednesday, April 26th at 7 p.m. GRandJazzFest 2017 performers revealed at H.O.M.E. in The B.O.B., 20 Monroe NE, Grand Rapids, with the Steve Hilger Band performing. The 6th Annual GRandJazzFest is held Friday and Saturday, August 19th and 20th at Rosa Park Circle, downtown Grand Rapids right in front of the Grand Rapids Art Museum; West Michigan’s Only Free weekend-long jazz festival. The musicians playing at this year’s festival will announced at this party. www.grandjazzfest.com.

Thursday, April 27th at 7:30, vibraphonist Jim Cooper, pianist Robin Connell and bassist Warren Jones plays the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 E. 8th Street, Holland. See www.hollandarts.org .

Friday, April 28th at 7:30 in Muskegon, the West Michigan Symphony welcomes special guest vocalist Dee Daniels under guest conductor Matthew Kraemer for a jazz-themed pops concert called “Great Ladies of Swing,” sampling the repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughn, with Tim Froncek, drums; Jack Dryden, bass; and Terry Lower, piano. www.westmichigansymphony.org.

Saturday, April 29th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. vocalist Dee Daniels performs at at The Block, an intimate 120 seat theater/bar above Unruly Brewing Company, 360 W. Western Ave, 2nd Floor, Muskegon, MI. (231) 726-3231 or www.theblockwestmichigan.org. Here her at http://www.deedaniels.com/

Saturday, April 29th at 8 p.m. Stephen Rush leads his trio Naked Dance in the music of Ornette Coleman at Mexicains San Frontieres, 120 Division Ave S, Apt. 226, Grand Rapids. With Rush, piano, Andrew Bishop clarinets and Jeremy Edwards, drums, they’ll play compositions by Ornette Coleman. Rush is celebrating the release of a new CD as well as a publication of his book “Free Jazz, Harmolodics and Ornette Coleman.” BYOB.  

Thursday, May 4th 2017 the San Francisco Jazz Collective, an all-star octet, plays the music of Miles Davis at St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. With trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Robin Eubanks, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire, the San Francisco Jazz Collective re-arranges Davis classics while contributing original compositions.  More from www.scmc-online.org/2016-17-jazz-series.

Thursday, May 4th “Big Band Nouveau” plays at H.O.M.E. in The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, from 8-10 p.m. Classic modern/mainstream jazz by Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, and Chuck Mangione.

Sunday, May 7th at 3 p.m. the trio of Jim Cooper, vibes; Robin Connell, piano, and Warren Jones on bass appear at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Connell’s “Jazz in the Sanctuary” concert series.

Sunday, May 14th at 3 p.m. the vibes/piano/bass trio of Jim Cooper, Robin Connell and Warren Jones plays a free concert at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street, Spring Lake.

Monday, May 15th at 6 p.m. the West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2017 Jazz Musician of the Year Banquet honors Dr. Robin Connell, pianist/bandleader/educator, at The Guest House, 634 Stocking Avenue NW, Grand Rapids. See www.wmichjazz.org to make a reservation.

Sunday, May 21st at 3 p.m. a fundraising concert for a community labyrinth at New Day Church-on-the-Hill features vocalist Edye Evans Hyde with pianist Mark Kahny, and drummer Mark Weymouth, at 2965 Wycliffe Dr. SE, near the corners of Cascade Road, Thorncrest and Wycliffe. Tickets or donations at the door. Information from (616) 735 – 9963.

Friday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. the Ken Peplowski Quartet swings at Hart Public Schools Auditorium, 308 W. Johnson Street, Hart, MI. The clarinetist and saxophonist who rehearsed and led the Benny Goodman Orchestra has made 50 albums under his own name and appeared as a sideman on another 400, Ken Peplowski leads a band with swing and stride style pianist Ehud Asherie, Western Michigan University’s Tom Knific, bass; and Sean Dobbins, drums. www.hartauditorium.org/performing-arts-series.html


Regular Hits:

Mondays from 8 to 11 p.m. pianist/vocalist John Shea swings downtown Grand Rapids from the front window of The Republic, 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.republicgrandrapids.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.

Mondays, Lee and David Middleman play guitars with Chris Cudworth, bass, Rick Stephens, keyboards and Pat Eickenroth, percussion, as Swingtooth, anchoring the Monday night jam session at Rockford Brewing Company, 2 East Bridge St, Rockford. See www.rockfordbrewing.com or phone (616) 951 – 4677.

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 10:30, there’s an open mic jazz jam session at The Grand, 22 Washington, Grand Haven, MI. (616) 847 – 8944.

Wednesdays, from 6-9 p.m. it’s “Jazz Night” at The Old Goat, 2434 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, features 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.

Wednesdays, House of Music Entertainment at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, 49503, occasionally features jazz and blues. More from www.thebob.com/houseofmusic .

Thursdays, 7:30-10:30 the John Shea Trio is heard at the Knickerbocker Brewpub and Distillery/New Holland Brewing Company, 417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids. The jazz is upstairs toward the back, in the Zeppelin Lounge.

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.

The first Thursday evening of each month the Bill Huyge/Jeff Beavan/Dave Schock trio appear at New Harmony Hall, 401 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids. Phone: (616) 233-9186, or on the web, www.harmonybeer.com.

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, 7 p.m. the John Shea Trio plays at the J.W. Marriot Hotel, 235 Louis Street N.W., Grand Rapids. (616) 242 – 1448.

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.

Saturday, May 6th from 7-10 p.m. saxophonist Mike Frost’s Trio lights up the J.W. Marriott, 235 Louis St. NW, Grand Rapids.

Sundays April 30th and May 14th the sax/guitar duo of Mike Frost and Mike Hyde plays the brunch (10 p.m. – 1 p.m.) at the J.W. Marriott, 235 Louis St. NW, Grand Rapids.

The second and fourth Sundays of the month from 2-4 p.m. the River Rogues traditional jazz band (see www.theriverrogues.org ) alternate weekends with the Bill Huyge, Jeff Beavan, David Schock trio at the New Harmony Hall, 401 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids. Phone: (616) 233-9186, or on the web, www.harmonybeer.com.

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.