Jazz Datebook: September 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. They have two good jazz shows coming up in October: Saturday October 4th, singer Edye Evans Hyde and Saturday October 11th, the Mark Kahny Trio 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.

Monday night at 8 p.m. Swingtooth hosts the open mic jam at the Rockford Brewing Company,
12 E Bridge St, Rockford, Michigan, (616) 951-4677. Swingtooth features two acoustic, hand built guitars played by Lee and David Middleman, with Chris Cudworth on bass.

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.

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.

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. 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, September 12 and then every other Thursday from 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.

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 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. September 14th, pianist Terry Lower Music and bass legend Jack Dryden. 9-21 Steve Talaga and Tom Lockwood;
9-28 Organissimo w/ Jim Alfredson and Lawrence Barris; October 5th, pianist Tony Viviano and bass legend Jack Dryden; 10-12 Keyboard wizard Paul Lesinski and groove chef Warren Jones on bass; 10-19, Marsh celebrates his 2nd year anniversary at the Speak EZ Lounge with Organissimo; 10-26, Steve Talaga keys and newcomer Michael Sundt on bass.

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:

Friday, September 12 at 8 p.m. the Western Michigan University Jazz Quartet celebrates “Free Fall,” their new recording on BluJazz Records which honors the achievement of Felix Baumgartner, who jumped from 24 miles above the earth and lived to tell about it. With Andrew Rathbun, saxophone; Jeremy Siskind, piano; Tom Knific, bass; and Keith Hall, drums, the WJQ appears in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. (269) 387 – 4667.

Saturday, September 13th at 2 p.m. The New Revival Jazz Band appears in the Annual Dutch Festival at the Hudsonville Fair Grounds, Building 10, 5235 Park Street, Hudsonville.

Saturday, September 13th at 8 p.m. drummer Timothy Daisy plays a solo concert at Mexicains Sans Frontieres, 120 Division Ave S Apt 226, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (616) 427-5432. See www.timdaisy.wordpress.com.

Sunday, September 14th at 3 p.m. a new series of piano concerts debuts in Grand Rapids as Robin Connell presents “Jazz in the Sanctuary” at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids 49503. Featuring Robin and Bill Huyge playing Fountain Street’s two magnificent grand pianos with Paul Keller, bass. Information from www.jazzinthesanctuary.eventbrite.com or (616) 459 – 8386.

Monday, September 15th at 6:30 pianist/composer Dick Reynolds accompanies vocalist Gayle Kolb at Bobarino’s at the B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids 49503. The West Michigan Jazz Society’s Jazz Musicians of the Year 2009, Reynolds is the former house pianist at Chicago’s Mr. Kelly’s, a world famous Rush Street jazz haven, where he accompanied many jazz greats, including Mel Torme and Carmen McRae. Infromation from www.wmichjazz.org .

Thursday, September 18th at 8 p.m., NEA Jazz Master and 20 time Grammy Award winning pianist/composer/bandleader Chick Corea leads his new band The Vigil in concert at The St. Cecilia Music Center’s Royce Auditorium, 24 Ransom Ave NE, Grand Rapids 49503. New music, new band, plus classic Chick Corea originals, this concert is the Great Artist Gala, making possible, among other concerts, SCMC’s Jazz Series, this year featuring bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Joshua Redman and vocalist Rene Marie. Tickets and information from www.scmc-online.org or (616) 459 – 2224.

Friday, September 19th at 8 p.m., vocalist Janis Siegel, a nine time Grammy Award winner and featured vocalist in The Manhattan Transfer, appears at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453. Tickets from (269) 857-2399 or www.sc4a.org.

Saturday, September 20th at 7:30 (doors open at 6:30 for drinks and appetizers) trumpeter Brad Fritcher’s Trio appears at the West Michigan Symphony new concert venue, The Block, 360 West Western Avenue, 2nd floor. (231) 726 – 3231. See www.facebook.com/AtTheBlock.

Sunday, September 28th at 4 p.m. Chicago violinist James Sanders leads Proyecto Libre play in the Ballroom of The Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Road, Lakeside, MI 49116. See http://www.jamessandersviolin.com/#!proyecto-libre/cf58.  Then on October 19th you’ll hear Eric Vloeimans' Oliver's Cinema (http://www.challengerecords.com/products/1362154335/ ). Information from (269) 469 – 0600 or www.lakesideinns.com. The concerts are presented by www.hothouse.net.

Wednesday, October 1st at 7 p.m. Mathew Fries, piano, Phil Palombi, bass, and Keith Hall, drums, appear as TRI-FI in the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute, Live and Interactive!,at the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. A pre-concert talk with Dr. Dan Jacobson at 7, and the performance at 7:30. This concert celebrates the release of TRI-FI’s 5th CD, “Staring Into the Sun.” (800) 228 – 9858.

Saxophonist Josh Quinlan will be in west Michigan on a mini-tour this October with bassist Tom Lockwood and the Colorado based drummer Alejandro Castano. They’ll appear on Thursday, October 2nd from 7 – 9 p.m. at The Book Nook and Java Shop, 8744 Ferry Street in Montague. Then on Friday, October 2nd they play an early set from 5-7 at Billy’s Lounge, 1437 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, (616) 459-5757; and an evening set from 6:30 to 10:30 at the Saugatuck Brewing Company, 2948 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, MI 49408,
(269) 857-7222.

Friday, October 3rd from 9 – 11p.m. trumpeter Brad Fritcher leads an improvising band called Moods with drummer Scott Veenstra and bassist Ryan Wallace at The Speak EZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids.

Sunday, October 5th at 3 p.m. The Chicago Salty Dogs, survivors of the 1950’s college band tradition, appear for The West Shore Jazz Society at the Oak Ridge Country Club, 513 West Pontaluna Road, Muskegon. See www.saltydogsjazzband.com. Information from Bill Blakeman, (231)759-0071, or wjblakeman@aol.com . Reservations from (231)733-0071.

Monday, October 27th at 6:30 Chicago vocalist Petra van Nuis and The Andy Brown Trio with bassist Joe Policastro and drummer Bob Rummage appears in the Monday Night Jazz Series at Bobarino’s in The B.O.B., 20 Monore Ave NW, Grand Rapids. A presentation of the West Michigan Jazz Soceity, www.wmichjazz.org.

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.