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Jazz Datebook: February 8, 2018

Timely Hits:

Thursday, February 8th at 7:30 percussionist Jamey Haddad’s 8 piece world ensemble “Under One Sun” plays the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Haddad, longtime professor of advanced improvisation and percussion at Oberlin Conservatory, is joined by saxophonist/composer Billy Drewes in an octet including a qanun, tabla, percussion, piano and hyper accordion. Tickets from www.millerauditorium.com and information from www.wmujazz.com.

Sunday, February 11th at 3 p.m. Ugandan multi-instrumentalist Ivan Akansiima appears in the “Jazz in the Sanctuary” concert series at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids. Joined by pianist/vocalist and concert producer Robin Connell, Akansiima will play piano and other instruments. He earned an Associate’s Degree at Lake Michigan College, a bachelors at Hope and is now at Western Michigan University and envisions returning to Uganda to start a school of jazz and African music. More from www.fountainstreet.org or (616) 459 – 8386.

Sunday, February 11th at 3 p.m. the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band presents “An Ellington Portrait,” an arrangement for wind band by Floyd Werle of eight compositions by Duke Ellington. The concert takes place at Grandville High School Auditorium, 4700 Canal Avenue, Grand Ville. Information from ww.grsymphonicband.org or (616) 336 – 1554.

Sunday, February 11th at 4 p.m. saxophonist Isaac Norris leads a group of Grand Rapids area jazz, gospel, blues and R&B musicians under the collective The Isaac Norris Project at Creston Brewery, 1504 Plainfield Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. See www.isaacnorrismusic.com.

Sunday, February 11th at 7 p.m. guitarist Albert Lee performs, with opening music by New York jazz vocalist Meanie Marod and Grand Haven guitarist Chris Wiser at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson Street, Spring Lake. See www.sevenstepsup.com.

Monday, February 12th at 7 p.m. saxophonist Diego Rivera, Associate Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, presents a night of jazz with the Rockford High School Jazz Ensemble at Rockford High School Auditorium, 4100 Kroes Street, Rockford. Tickets available at the door.

Wednesday, February 14th at 7:30 p.m. the Western Michigan University Jazz Lab Band directed by Tom Knific presents a special Valentine’s concert with WMU almuni guest artists including Benje Daneman, Gene Knific, Evan Hyde and Ben Schmidt-Swartz. Free. Information from www.wmujazz.com.

Sunday, February 18th at 3 p.m. pianist/vocalist Robin Connell leads her trio with special guest Jim Cooper on vibes as part of First United Methodist Church’s “Celebration of the Arts,’  227 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Information from www.thecelebrationofthearts.com or (616) 451 – 2879.

Monday, February 19th at 6:30 Detroit saxophonist Carl Cafagna and The Creole Kitchen play the West Michigan Jazz Society’s “Jazz Gumbo Showcase” at The Knickerbocker –New Holland Brewing Company, 417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids. Free parking at Swift Printing behind the brewery with a WMJS membership pass. See www.wmichjazz.org.

Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30 the Truth In Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Ginny Dusseau plays
Watermark 920, 920 Washington Avenue, Muskegon, Michigan. Even though the event is after Valentine's Day, you will still get to hear a great vocal chart of "My Funny Valentine," arranged by Bob Nixon. Led by Muskegon legend, drummer Tim Froncek, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra is  a 12 year Muskegon institution. www.tijo.org.

Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 Grammy-award winning vocalist Gregory Porter appears at St. Cecilia Music Center’s Royce Auditorium, 24 Ransom Avenue N.E., Grand Rapids. Currently enjoying wide airplay for his newest album “Nat ‘King’ Cole and Me,” his previous album, “Liquid Spirit” – which followed the critically-acclaimed and GRAMMY-nominated albums Water (2010) and Be Good (2012) – quickly grew into a global phenomenon, selling a million albums worldwide and becoming the most streamed jazz album of all-time with over 20 million streams. This concert is nearly sold out. Tickets from www.scmc-online.org .

Friday, February 23rd, at 7:30 husband and wife banjo players Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn appear in St. Cecilia Music Center’s “Acoustic Café” folk series, though Fleck’s music often defies categorization. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership beginning when the two met at a square dance, started a musical collaboration and fell in love. Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds.  Fleck has the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots. Information from www.scmc-online.org.

Saturday, February 24th at 2 p.m. the Detroit jazz ensemble “In the Tradition” performs at Hackley Public Library, 316 West Webster Avenue, Muskegon. The straight ahead jazz band featuring Olujim Tafataona and Kenneth Gill educate audiences around the world about the African-American musical heritage. Information about their music from www.inthetraditionjazz.net. For information on the concert please see www.hackelylibrary.org.

Saturday, February 24th at 8 p.m. The Grand Rapids Symphony hosts Symphony With Soul, “Ella, a Tribute,” at Devos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Bob Bernhardt conducts with the Grand Rapids Symphony Community Chorus directed by Duane Shields Davis.  Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth, the GRSO is joined by special guest singers Harolyn Blackwell, Aisha de Haas and Nova Payton. This is the 17th annual celebration of multicultural music in DeVos Performance Hall. www.grsymphony.org.

Sunday, February 25th at 2 p.m. pianist/vocalist/songwriter John Proulx leads a trio with bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers at St. Cecilia Music Center’s Royce Auditorium, 24 Ransom Avenue N.E., Grand Rapids, in celebration of his forthcoming recording “Say It,” featuring west coast musicians Chuck Berghofer, Joe LaBarbera, Larry Koonse, Bob Sheppard, a duet with Melissa Manchester, and three string quartet arrangements by Alan Broadbent. Proulx is a Grammy award winning musician who grew up in Grand Rapids, lived in Chicago and L.A., and is currently in graduate studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. This concert is both a homecoming and CD release party. More from www.scmc-online.org.

Sunday, February 25th at 4 p.m. the Underground Music Series celebrates Max Colley III’s new recording “Jubilee” with a concert including Max on trumpet, Michigan State University’s Diego Rivera on saxophones, Luther Allison at the piano, Liany Mateo on bass and Western Michigan University’s Keith Hall playing drums. This performance is held at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids. See www.adventuremusic.org . A native of Grand Rapids, son of all-star music educator Max Colley Jr., Max Colley III was a member of the 1987 McDonalds All-American Band and Jazz Band. Max has performed for 3 presidents. Today he is the Jazz Events Coordinator at Michigan State University. For information about www.AdventureMusic.org please call (616) 745-4353 or e-mail adventuremusicmail@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 25th from 6 to 9 p.m. Heritage Hausmusik presents Chicago jazz pianist Rob Clearfield in concert with the Folias Duo at 53 College Ave NE, Grand Rapids. These artists are heard on Blue Lake Public Radio’s on-demand page from performances they’ve given live from the Blue Lake Public Radio recording studio. See www.bluelake.org/ondemand. Clearfield opens his new concert tour in Grand Rapids behind the release of the recording “Wherever You’re Starting From.” The Folias Duo plays intimate original music for flute and guitar. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Contact Carmen Maret via foliasmusic@gmail.com or HeritageHausmusik@gmail.com.

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 December 11th and 18th, “Jazz and Gin” with trumpeter Brad Fritcher’s Moods at Long Road Distillery, 537 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids. (616) 228-4924.

Mondays from 6-8 p.m. at Our Brewing Company, 76 E. 8th Street, Holland, the Hope College Jazz Night. 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.