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Jazz Datebook: June 11, 2018

Timely Hits:

Thursday, July 12th at 7:15 p.m. world renowned powerhouse saxophonist James Carter returns to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Stewart Memorial Music Shell for a performance with pianist Phillip Burkhead, bassist Christian Berg and drummer Tim Froncek. (234) 894- 1966 or www.bluelake.org.

Saturday, July 14th at 6:30 it is “Smooth Jazz at Sunset” at Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach Country Park, 101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI, with guitarist Brian Lubeck followed at 7:30 p.m. trumpeter Cindy Bradley. See http://www.smoothjazzatsunset.com/ or call (269) 925 – 1111.

Wednesday, July 18th  (and again August 1st and August 15th) at 7:30 p.m. drummer Tim Froncek and Friends at The Block, 360 West Western Avenue, 2nd floor, Muskegon. www.theblockwestmichigan.org. On July 18th Tim is joined by pianist Phillip Burkhead of Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Jazz Club; Chris Berg, bass player from the Columbus Jazz orchestra; and Dr. James Sawyer, trumpeter from right here in west Michigan.

Friday, July 20th at 9:30 p.m. Organissimo (with organist Jim Alfredson, guitarist Lawrence Barris and drummer Randy Marsh) plays Billy’s Lounge, 1437 Wealthy Street S.E., Grand Rapids, MI. www.billyslounge.com.

Saturday, July 21st at 7:30 p.m. guitarist Freddy Degennaro leads his Trio at The White Swan Bed and Breakfast, 303 South Mears Avenue, Whitehall. Search “Jazz at the Swan” at www.eventbrite.com.

Thursday, July 26th at 7 p.m. trumpeter/drummer Max Colley III plays the free “Sounds of Summer” concert series at Cutler Park, 6701 Cutler Park Drive, Byron Center, MI. https://www.experiencegr.com/event/sounds-of-summer-cutlerville-2018/57104/

Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th the 7th Annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy takes place at Rosa Park Circle, downtown Grand Rapids. Free. Headlined by saxophonist Euge Groove. More from www.grandjazzfest.org, (616) 617 – 7720, or e-mail grandjazzfest@gmail.com.

Thursday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 26th Alexander Zonjic’s 5th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival comes to Muskegon. On the Thursday the 23rd the festival opens at The Block, 360 West Webster Avenue (second floor) with flutist Alexander Zonjic and special guests, from Kalamazoo, Justin Shultz, Jamie Shultz, Julius Schultz and Kris Kurzawa. Tickets from www.theblockwestmichigan.org. On Friday the 24th there’s “Jazz in the Park” with Organissimo plus Lady X and the Sunshine Band, for free, at Hackley Park downtown Muskegon (bring your lawn chair, picnic). The festival moves to Heritage Landing on Saturday August 25th, kicking off at 1 with the 11 year old piano phenom Justin Shultz and the JLS Experience and continues all day, including vocalist Maysa and guitarist Johnathon Butler. After hours on Saturday there’s a jam session at the Muskegon Holiday Inn Main Ballroom from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. including Alexander Zonjic and Festival artists; then back to Heritage Landing on Sunday the 26th for a day of music starting at 1 with guitarist Rick Hicks and including David Benoit with Marc Antoine and later vocalist Rachelle Ferrell. See http://www.shorelinejazzfestival.com/


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 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 through August 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 The West Michigan Jazz Society presents “Monday Jazz in the Park” at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. See www.wmichjazz.org or phone (616) 490-9506 and e-mail wmjs.gr@gmail.com. July 16 the jazz musician and scholar from Uganda East Africa, Ivan Akansiima performs with saxophonist Dr. Jordan VenHemert, bassist Ian Thompson and drummer Zach Snoek; July 25th saxophonist Michael Doyle and Evidence, including trumpeter Brad Fritcher; July 30th, Grammy award winning composer/pianist/vocalist John Proulx; August 6th, vocalist Mary Rademacher; August 13th, Organissimo; August 20th, the Grand Finale, Bob Nixon and the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra.

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.

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 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.

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, 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. July 13th and 14th, vocalist Mary Rademacher; July 20th and 21st, Mike Frost Trio; July 27th and 28th the Scott Veenstra Trio.

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., Saturday, July 14th Neil Gordon Trio; Sunday, July 15th, guitarist Greg Miller; July 21st, Jim Cooper Trio; July 22nd, Mike Frost and Mike Hyde; July 28th, Randy Marsh Trio; July 29th Greg Miller . (616) 242 – 1448.

Fridays from 8 – 11 p.m. a variety of local jazz bands rotate through the schedule                                     at 18th Amendment, 350 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon. June 8th, vocalist Mary Rademacher with pianist/vocalist Mark Kahny; June 15th, saxophonist Andy Frisinger.

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.

Saturdays and Sundays pianist/vocalist Mark Kahny plays Marro’s Restaurant, 147 Water Street, Saugatuck. 7-11 p.m. Saturdays, 6-10 p.m. Sundays. www.marrosrestaurant.com.

The second and fourth Sundays of the month from 2-4 p.m. the Bill Huyge, Jeff Beavan, David Schock trio (https://www.facebook.com/events/163529711041371/). Alternate weekends with the River Rogues traditional jazz band (see www.theriverrogues.org ) at 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.