Jazz Datebook: Octoberr 10, 2017

Timely Hits:

Thursday, October 12th at 7 p.m. The West Ottawa High School Jazz Band performs in concert with Michael Philip Mossman and the Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra 1 directed by Rodney Whitaker in the West Ottawa Performing Arts Center, 1024 136th Ave, Holland. Tickets at the door. Information from Mike Hamann, West Ottawa Bands, hamannm@westottawa.net.

Friday, October 13th at 8 p.m. drummer Gustavo Cortinas Quartet plays Mexicains San Frontieres, 120 Division Avenue S, Apt 226, Grand Rapids. Profiles in Downbeat, Modern Drummer and Chicago Jazz Magazine, Cortinas is a young musician recording for OA2 records. Phone (616) 427-5432. See http://www.gustavocortinasmusic.com

Saturday, October 14th, Organissimo appears from 3-4 p.m. at Founders Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, as part of Founder’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Saturday, October 14th at 7:30 the West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series presents the Michigan State University Bebop Spartans with special guest trumpeter, composer, educator Michael Phillip Mossman at Ludington High School Auditorium, Ludington. Mossman is a professor and director of jazz studies at the Copland School of Music at Queens College, New York. Tickets available through the WSCC Box Office at (231) 843-5507. An Afterglow Jam Session takes place starting at approximately 10 p.m. at Jamesport Brewing Company, 410 S. James Street, Ludington. Reservations taken: (231) 845-2522.

Saturday, October 14th at 8 p.m. “An Evening with Paula Cole” features the Grammy Award winning vocalist, who just released “Ballads,” a twenty-song collection of American jazz and folk classics from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, at The Saugatuck Center For the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, Michigan.  Cole started as a jazz singer and now returns, at nearly 50 years of age, to pay homage to her first love of jazz and folk. Ballads is a journey to Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan, to John Coltrane and Nina Simone, to Bobbie Gentry and Nancy Wilson, according to her web site. Tickets from sc4a.tix.com and information from www.sc4a.com .

Monday, October 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 the West Michigan Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz event features the husband and wife musical team of vocalist Petra van Nuis and guitarist Andrew Brown from Chicago joined by bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids.  Then, on November 20th at New Holland Brewing / Knickerbocker Loft, 417 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, you’ll hear Patty Gayle singing accompanied by Bob Thomson on drums and Mike Frost on saxophones. See www.wmichjazz.org for more information.

Wednesday, October 18th at 8, The Beer City Saxes perform at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids. This concert features music for 6 saxophones, including the rarely heard bass saxophone, plus several Benny Carter arrangements new to this band. With a rhythm section of Steve Talaga, piano; David Collee, bass; and Eddie Eicher, drums, the Beer City Saxes include leader Gary McCourry, James Hayward, Tom Lockwood, Tom Stansell, Greg Marsden, Mike Lutley and Bob Nixon. Information from (845) 913-5058.

Wednesday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m. Iraqi-American trumpeter/bandleader Amir ElSaffar leads his 17 piece Rivers of Sound ensemble perform a concert seeing to obscure the boundary between Iraqi maqam and American jazz at Ann Arbor’s Power Center for The Performing Arts. Information from www.ums.org.

Sunday, October 22nd at 3 p.m. the Underground Music Series returns to LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, with percussionist Adam Rudolph’s sextet “Moving Pictures,” an ensemble including Adam Rudolph: hand drum set;  Alexis Marcelo: Fender Rhodes, electric keyboards; Damon Banks: electric bass; Hamid Drake: drum set, percussion; Kenny Wessel: electric guitar, electronics; and Ralph M. Jones: woodwinds.  Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures just released its first new album in over five years, “Glare of the Tiger,” a perfect example of creative music looking to the future while expressing the sound of now. Says Adam Rudolph, “It is my feeling that to honor tradition, one should look forward and not backward. The tradition is to sound like yourself and create a NEW music that reflects the NOW. To put it another way, Yusef Lateef often said to me, ‘Brother Adam, we are evolutionists.’" This concert is presented by Adventure Music, www.adventuremusic.org. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $10 for students.

Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. trumpeter Tom Harrell’s Quartet performs in the Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts, 221 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI Phone: (616) 395-7860. 

Sunday, October 29th at 4 p.m. the Dave Bennett Quartet features the Michigan-bred, Benny Goodman-inspired clarinetist in concert; presented by The West Michigan Concert Winds in partnership with Muskegon Community College. Tickets through the Frauenthal Box Office, (231) 727-8001.

Sunday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. California pianist Josh Nelson explores original music with Western Michigan University’s faculty and student ensembles. An accompanist to Natalie Cole, Joe Chambers and Kurt Elling, to name a few, Nelson is a respected name in jazz. This concert at Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, is free and open to the public. See www.wmich.edu/jazz .

Thursday, November 2nd “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.

Thursday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m. “The Encore Jazz Series,” celebrating 10 years of presenting great jazz at St. Cecilia Music Center, opens with four time Grammy award winning bassist Christian McBride and his trio Tip City. Information from (616) 459 – 2224 or www.scmc-online.org.

Friday, November 17th at 8 p.m. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families: Dan Brubeck on drums, Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone; with guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb.The band stops by the Saugatuck Center for the Arts for an intimate evening of top of the line jazz. The Saugatuck Center For the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck; or www.sc4a.org.

Monday, December 11th the West Michigan Jazz Society hosts their annual Holiday Party at Notos Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids. See www.wmichjazz.org.


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 6-8 p.m. at Our Brewing Company, 76 E. 8th Street, Holland, the Hope College Jazz Night. (Organist Tony Monaco is in residency at Hope 10 24-26 and may fall by to blow). See www.ourbrewingcompany.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, 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 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, www.harmonybeer.com.

Thursdays and Fridays from 7-11 p.m. jazz at The Rendezvous in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. October 13-14, Mary Rademacher Trio; 10 20-21, Mike Frost Trio; 10 27-28, Noel Webley 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, 7 p.m. the John Shea Trio plays at the J.W. Marriot Hotel, 235 Louis Street N.W., Grand Rapids. (616) 242 – 1448.

Friday from 8 – 11 p.m. at 18th Amendment, 350 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon, jazz with Underground Circus (10-13); Justin Wierenga Trio (10-20) and Tim Froncek Trio (10-28).

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.

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.