Jazz Datebook: June 11, 2014

Regular Hits:

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 from 8 to 11 p.m. pianist/vocalist John Shea swings downtown Grand Rapids with bassist Warren Jones III and drummer Fred Knapp from The Republic, 45 South Division. Urban hang. www.republicgrandrapids.com.

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. it is diva time at Bar Divani, 15 Ionia Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, as the finest female singers in the area step up and swing. For a full schedule: http://www.bar-divani.com/tastings-a-events/live-music Phone (616) 774 – 9463.

Tuesdays through Sundays, starting June 17th, the 2014 “Scully Tour,” organized by Tim Scully and featuring a wide variety of jazz and blues bands at a series of venues across the northern portion of Blue Lake Public Radio’s listening area. At shows start at 7 p.m. Tuesday: First Street Beach, Douglas Park, in Manistee; Wednesday, Gull Landing, 438 South Hancock, Pentwater (231) 869 – 4215; Thursday, Rotary Pavilion in Cadillac; Friday, Rambadt Park, Reed City; Saturday, Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin; Sunday, Gull Landing, Pentwater. Phone (231) 723-7500 or scully@manisteeoutpostmotel.com.  June 17th – 22nd, Benny Reeves and Paul Corey’s Soul Formations; June 24-29, the Robin Connell/Paul Brewer Quartet; July 1-6, Jim Shaneberger Blues Band; July 8-13, Paul Vornhagen (with Arno Marsh!); July 15-20, Peter Madcat Ruth’s Midnight Blues Journey; July 22-27, vocalist Freddie Cunningham and the root Doctor Band; July 29 – August 3rd, Mary Rademacher Redd with the Mark Kahny Band; August 5-10, bassist Paul Keller’s Band; August 12-17, Tom and Cherie Hagen’s Quartet with Rick Reuther; August 19-24, the Planet D Nonet from Detroit; August 26 – 31st, Rusty Wright Band plays Blues.

Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. The Tom Hagen Trio with vocalist Rick Reuther at Notos Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids. (616) 493 – 6686, or www.notosoldworld.com.

Wednesdays from 7 – 8:45 p.m. The Lakeshore Big Band swings dance and jazz favorites at the Grand Haven Waterfront Stadium. The band plays June 18th, July 9th and 23rd as well as August 6th. See www.lakeshorebigband.com

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday live piano jazz is heard from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mangiamo, 1033 Lake Drive S.E., Grand Rapids. Wednesday, 6-11, Freddy DeGennaro; 6-12, Steve Talaga; 6-13, Steve Talaga and Mary Radamacher-Reed; 6-14, Paul Lesinski; Wed, 6-18, Michael Drost; 6-19, Paul Lesinski; 6-20, Robin Connell; 6-21, Roger MacNaughton and Tami Hjelm; Wed. 6-25, Greg Miller; 6-26, Bill Davidson; 6-27, Steve Talaga; 6-28, Steve Talaga and Diana VandeWater.   Information from (616) 742 – 0600.  www.thegilmorecollection.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. Among the bands on the rotation: Checker’s Morton, a jazz band loved by Unitarians and good listeners alike, features pianist/composer Bob VanStee; The Lakewinds Jazz Quartet with Dave Collee on trombone and bass, Vince Liefers at the piano, Tim Froncek, drums, and special guest Tom Stansell, saxophones play straight ahead; the Dave Collee Quartet with pianist Eric Thorne and vocalist Ginny Dusseau, drummer Tim Froncek, and saxophonist/flutist Bob Nixon bring a night club vibe; Multi-instrumentalist (bass and trombone) Dave Collee’s Quartet plays great jazz standards. The last Thursday of the month belongs to trumpeter Brad Fritcher and Trios. See www.thebooknookjavashop.com and click on the calendar for Thursday night.

Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., pianist-vocalist Robin Connell plays in the Lumber Baron Bar at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids. See www.robinconnell.com.

Thursdays, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. “The Mood Swings” swing a taste at Eurobistro, 6450 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids. With drummer Milt Szernick, bassist Jeff Beavin, keyboards by Ed Dublis, saxophone by Charlie Royce and the voices of Angie or Hanna Royce, this band comes to play for you listening pleasure. Information from (616) 719 – 2017.

Thursdays at 7 p.m. jazz at the Red Rooster Tavern, 2998 Scenic Drive, Muskegon, resumes in May.  Drummer Tim Johnson is music director for this series of live local jazz talent. See www.redroostertavern.com or phone (231) 744 – 4006.

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 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Swingtooth plays the Jazz Brunch at the Hit The Road Joe Café, 7291 Elm Ave., Croton (2 miles north of M-82).  Swingtooth plays standards on acoustic, hand built guitars by Lee and David Middleman, with Chris Cudworth on bass.. See www.hittheroadjoe.moonfruit.com or www.facebook.com/Swingtooth.

Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30, live jazz at Restaurant Toulouse, 248 Culver Street, Saugatuck. Friday nights are for vocalist Libby York, www.libbyyork.com, while Saturdays belong to Diana Vandewater. Information from (269) 857 – 1561.

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 at 7 p.m. guitarist Steve Hilger’s Trio Jazz appears at the Louis Benton Steak House, 35 Ionia Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. (616) 454-7455.

Sundays, June 8th, 15th, 22nd  and 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. guitarist Greg Miller brings his 6-1-6 guitar concept to the J.W. Marriot Hotel, 235 Louis Street N.W., Grand Rapids. (616) 242 – 1448.

Sundays, Randy Marsh’s Sunday Night Jazz Hang at The Speak EZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids, is a fun jam session.  Information from (616) 458 – 2689.  Student musicians under 21 with a parent or legal guardian will have a chance to play with Marsh from 7 to 9; the host trio plays from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. www.speakezlounge.com.

Sundays, June 21st, July 5th, July 19th and August 2nd and 16th, pianist/vocalist John Shea opens his thick music book and and counts his trio off on great jazz and American popular songs at New Holland Brewing Company, 66 E. 8th Street, Holland, MI (616) 355-6422. www.newhollandbrew.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.

 

Timely Hits:

Wednesday, June 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. vocalist Libby York celebrates the release of her new CD “Memoir” with an intimate concert at the The Alumni House and Visitor Center at Grand Valley State University. The gracious manor on the north end of the Allendale campus will host Ms. York accompanied by Mark Kahny on piano. Heavy Hors D’oeuvres and drinks. Reservations required by June 2nd: (616) 331-2176 or saindonk@gvsu.edu. Reviews from New York and London of “Memoir” available from www.libbyyork.com.

Saturday, June 14th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. the Blue Lake International Jazz Orchestra directed by Tim Froncek presents their Bon Voyage concert at the Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor. The group will split musical sets with the Paul Keller Quartet. Blue Lake’s 17 member big band embarks on a 3 week goodwill tour of France on June 16th, and will return to Ann Arbor for a post tour homecoming concert on July 21st at Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the University of Michigan. See www.bluelake.org for more information.

Sunday, June 15th through Friday, June 20th, the Aquinas College Jazz Camp is held at the Aquinas College Art And Music Center, 1607 Robinson Road S.E., Grand Rapids MI 49506. Full information available here: http://www.aquinas.edu/music/jazz_camp.html.

Monday, June 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the West Michigan Jazz Society presents “Jazz at the Zoo” with the Planet D Nonet led by R.J. Spangler and James O’Donnell in a book featuring the music of Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie and Sun Ra. The Monday night summer concert series takes place at John Ball Park Band Shell, 1300 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids MI 49504. Now in its 14th season, “Jazz at the Zoo,” remains a free concert series. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. www.wmichjazz.org.

Friday and Saturday, June 20th and 21st the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in downtown East Lansing features free performances from 4:30 to 10 p.m. by Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Airmen of Note, Diego Rivera’s Quartet and the Michael Dease Big Band, among others. 14 hours of live jazz in East Lansing: information from www.eljazzfest.com or by calling (517) 319 – 6980.

Sunday, June 22nd, the Cooper/Hay/VanLente trio (CHV) plays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. With Jim Cooper, vibes; Dave Hay, piano and fingered bass; and Mike VanLente, drums, the CHV plays jazz originals and classic jazz standards. Information from (269) 455 – 5329 or www.jimcooper.net.

Monday, June 23rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the West Michigan Jazz Society presents “Jazz at the Zoo,” with saxophonist/composer Tom Elferdink’s Wonderland Ensemble, including Tom and Ken Morgan, reeds; Eric Thorne, piano; Jeff Beaven, bass and Larry Ochiltree, drums. The Monday night summer concert series takes place at John Ball Park Band Shell, 1300 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids MI 49504. Now in its 14th season, “Jazz at the Zoo,” remains a free concert series. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. www.wmichjazz.org.

Monday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 2nd, the Kalamazoo Jazz and Creative Institute presents JAZZSTART, a three day workshop for advanced high school musicians in the fundamentals of jazz. Registration and information on-line from www.kjci.org or by calling (616) 706 – 3946.

Monday, June 30th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the West Michigan Jazz Society presents “Jazz at the Zoo,” with WMJS Jazz Musician of the Year, Max Colley III, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Faculty Jazz Sextet. The Monday night summer concert series takes place at John Ball Park Band Shell, 1300 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids MI 49504. Now in its 14th season, “Jazz at the Zoo,” remains a free concert series. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. www.wmichjazz.org.

Sunday, July 6th at 3 p.m. Bob Adams Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band returns to entertain The West Shore Jazz Society at the Oak Ridge Country Club, 513 West Pontaluna Road, Muskegon. Then, August 10th, Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers from Dayton, Ohio, do it. Information from Bill Blakeman, (231)759-0071, or wjblakeman@aol.com . Reservations from (231)733-0071.

Monday, July 7th, Blue Monk Jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the West Michigan Jazz Society’s “Jazz at the Zoo,” in John Ball Park Band Shell, 1300 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids MI 49504. With Susan Morris, a philosophy professor at Ferris State, voice.  “Jazz at the Zoo,” remains a free concert series. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. www.wmichjazz.org.

Monday, July 14th at 6:30 “Jazz at the Zoo” presents Big Band Nouveau, led by Michael Doyle and Mark Well. The big band specializes in jazz repertory, including music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Freddy Hubbard. Blue Lake Public Radio’s Lazaro Vega attempts to play 4th trumpet in the group.  The John Ball Park Band Shell, 1300 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids MI 49504. www.wmichjazz.org.

Sunday, July 27th at 4 p.m. drummer Reggie Nicholson and trumpeter Robert Griffin pay homage to Ed Blackwell and Don Cherry in the Ballroom of The Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Road, Lakeside, MI 49116. At 7 p.m. the Edward Wilkerson Septet takes the stage. Information from (269) 469 – 0600 or www.lakesideinns.com. The concert is presented by www.hothouse.net.

July 20th through the 27th Grand Valley State University’s 10th Annual International Trumpet Seminar features a variety of concerts open to the public, among them on July 25th at 7:30 p.m. Andrea Tofanelli with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra; and July 26th at 7:30 p.m. Rex Richardson. Tickets at the door of the Louis Armstrong Theater. Information from www.gvsu.edu/trumpetseminar or (616) 331 - 3578.  

Wednesday, July 30th at 6:30 p.m. guitarist Pat Metheny’s Unity Group shares the bill with pianist Bruce Hornsby at the Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series, Grand Rapids. See www.meijergardens.org/calendar/pat-metheny-bruce-hornsby  .

Friday and Saturday, August 8th and 9th, Bill McFarlin directs the Blue Lake Monster, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s faculty jazz band, in concerts at William S. Stewart Memorial Music Shell, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Twin Lake MI. See www.bluelake.org for information.

August 16th and 17th the 3rd annual GRandJazzFest takes place at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, with ten acts and a student jam session. Including flutist Alexander Zonjic, In the Tradition, trumpeter Rick Braun, Evidence and the great bassist and former Blue Laker who’s now on the faculty at the University of Michigan, Robert Hurst’s Quintet. See www.grandjazzfest.org or phone (616) 617-7720.

Friday, February 20, 2015, the Kris Bowers Trio appears in “Dinner and a Show” presented by the Fontana Chamber Arts in Kalamazoo. 6:30 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. performance at Cityscape at the City Centre, Kalamazoo. Information from www.fontanachamberarts.org or (269) 382-7774.

Thursday, September 18, 2015 the 20-time Grammy Award winning jazz legend Chick Corea and The Vigil perform for the Great Artist Gala Benefit to kick off St. Cecilia Music Center’s 2014/2015 season. Tickets are on sale from www.scmc-online.org or (616) 459 – 2224.