Jazz Datebook: December 5, 2019

Timely Hits:

Saturday, December 7th at 6 and 9 p.m. The Bad Plus, an award-winning power trio of pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King, performs at The Listening Room, 123 Ionia Avenue SW, Grand Rapids. (616) 900-9502 or www.listeningroomgr.com.

Sunday, December 8th at 3 p.m. the Michigan State University Be-Bop Spartans, a 22 member student jazz orchestra, with special guest drummer Kenny Washington plays Fricano’s Event Center, 1050 West Western Avenue, Muskegon. Washington is now on the faculty at Michigan State University and is known for his work in the Bill Charlap Trio, recording with saxophone great Johnny Griffin, trumpeter Clark Terry, jazz giants Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman. The concert is sponsored by Muskegon Community College’s music program. Tickets available at the door.

Sunday, December 8th at 3 p.m. “Jazz For the Holidays” brings together the entire Western Michigan University jazz area for a concert of holiday favorites at Miller Auditorium, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. www.wmich.edu/jazz.

Sunday, December 8th at 7 p.m. Grand Rapids native pianist Kevin O’Connell reunites with his long-time friend drummer Randy Marsh at The SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, as part of Randy Marsh’s Sunday Night Jazz Hang. Tom Lockwood will play bass.

Sunday, December 15th at 4 p.m. TubaChristmas with the TubaBach Jazz Quintet featuring trombonist Michael Dease at Big Rapids High School Auditorium, Big Rapids, MI. See www.tubabach.org.

Monday, December 16th the West Michigan Jazz Society Holiday Party, at Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade SE, Grand Rapids is their annual holiday dinner/dance, like jazz Snowball. RSVP to WMJS, Holiday Party Reservation, P.O. Box 150307, Grand Rapids MI 49515. www.wmichjazz.org.

Tuesday, December 17th at 7:30 the Truth in Jazz Orchestra performs at Watermark 920, 920 920 Washington Ave, Muskegon. (231) 578-0469.

Friday, December 20th at 10 p.m. the Cliff Metcalf Trio appears at Forty Pearl, 40 Pearl St NW #110, Grand Rapids. Then on Saturday, December 21st at 10 p.m. you’ll hear The New Standard. www.fortypearl.com.

Friday, December 27th at 8 p.m. pianist Steve Talaga leads a trio is support of vocalist Lauren Talaga at One Trick Pony, 136 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids. See www.onetrick.biz.

Tuesday, December 31st from 6:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. 18th Amendment Spirits Co. presents Swing Operation in a special New Year’s Eve Celebration. Tickets for the dinner/dance/celebration from (231) 375-5064 or www.18thamendmentspirits.com.

Tuesday, December 31st from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The Rat Pack Experience featuring vocalists Mary Rademacher Reed with Rick Reuther and the Tom Hagen Quartet. Dance, food, specialty drinks at The Imperial Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, downtown Grand Rapids. Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, December 31st from 6-9 p.m. In the Blue Jazz Ensemble at Zoko 822, 822 Ottawa NW, Grand Rapids.

Tuesday, December 31st from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. pianist/vocalist John Shea swing the standards and jazz hits at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids. See www.marriott.com/grandrapids or phone (616) 242-1500.

LaFontsee Galleries and www.adventuremusic.org are pleased to unveil their new collaborative season of “The Underground Series,” four matinee concerts held on the last Sundays of February, March and April at 3 p.m. in LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI. www.adventuremusic.org. Saxophonist Diego Rivera’s Quintet plays in February; the drum/saxophone duo of Jack Mouse and Scott Robinson in March; and the 40th Anniversary Tour of The String Trio of New York in April.

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 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, 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 the Prohibition Music Series at Creston Brewery, 1504 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, highlights west Michigan area musicians playing their Prohibition upright piano. This series is curated by Dutcher Snedeker Music. www.crestonbrewery.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 December 12th, 19th, January 9th and 16th vocalist Mary Rademacher Reed is heard at Ganders Restaurant in the Double Tree by Hilton, 4747 28th St SE, Grand Rapids.

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-midnight a variety of jazz bands rotate through the schedule 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 a rotating schedule of live jazz artists are heard in Mixology, the lounge of the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 235 Louis Street NW, Grand Rapids. Every Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. and Sunday’s from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday Brunches feature the alternating duo of Mike Frost/ Mike Hyde or solo guitarist Greg Miller from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., (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.

Fridays December 6th at 8 p.m. JMM Jazz is heard at the 18th Amendment Spirits Company, 350 West Western Avenue, Muskegon. Then on Friday, December 13th at 8, Third Coast Gypsy Jazz plays.

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.