Jazz Datebook

March 29, 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 from his post in the window at The Republic, 45 South Division. Great hang. www.republicgrandrapids.com.

Tuesdays from 9:30 to 12:30 a.m. the fluid improvising trumpeter Chris Lawrence and Friends present original music at The Winchester, 648 Wealthy Street S.E., Grand Rapids. www.chrislawrencemusic.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. Tuesday, March 4, Rebekah Rhys; 3-11, Edye Evans Hyde sings and Michael Hyde plays guitar; 3-18, Molly Bouwsma Schultz and Ryan K. Wilson; 3-25, Sylvia Brooks Taylor and Mark Kahny; April 1, Diana Vandewater; 4-8, Mary Mademacher Reed and Mark Kahny; 4-15, Molly Bouwsma Schultz and Ryan K. Wilson; 4-22, Rebekah Rhys; 4-29, Kathy Lamar and Bob VanStee. For a full schedule: http://www.bar-divani.com/tastings-a-events/live-music Phone (616) 774 – 9463.


Wednesdays, April 2 and 16 at 6:30, The River Rogues Jazz Band play early jazz styles at Babarino’s in The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids.  With Jim Everhart, piano; David Kadwell, banjo; Paul Keen, tuba; Chrisian VanDuinen, percussion; David Wells, trombone; Ken Huisman, clarinet/saxophones; and David Schock, trumpet. See www.theriverrogues.org or call (616) 915 – 9840 for more information.

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. Wednesday, April 2, guitarist Greg Miller’ 4-3, Mark Kahny; 4-4, Robin Connell; 4-5, Monica Da Silva; Wednesday, April 9, Freddy DeGennaro; 4-10, Paul Lesinski; 4-11, Steve Talaga; 4-12, Bob VanStee and Kathy Lamar; Wednesday, 4-16, Mike Drost; 4-17, Chris Corey; 4-18, Steve Talaga; 4-19, Paul Lesinski and Diana VandeWater; Wednesday, 4-23, Greg Miller; 4-24, Mark Kahny; 4-25, Robin Connell; 4-26, Bob VanStee and Kathy Lamar; Wednesday, 4-30, Freddy DeGennaro; 5-1, Paul Lesinski; 5-2, Robin Connell; 5-3, Monica Da Silva. 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. 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. They’ll play every other Thursday. Information from (616) 719 – 2017.

Thursdays at 7 p.m. jazz at the Red Rooster Tavern, 2998 Scenic Drive, Muskegon, resumes in April.  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

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, 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.

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:

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m., trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in concert at Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor. Performing music that links today’s improvisers with the rich history of traditional and contemporary big-band composition, Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra brings an expansive range of music to the most treasured international stages.  See www.ums.org for more information.

Wednesday, April 2 from 6 – 10 p.m. pianist John Shea leads his trio at Reds on the River, 8 E. Bridge Street, Rockford, 49341. (616) 863 – 8181.

Sunday, April 6th at 5 p.m. The Butterfat Trio with Rob Cookman, Lyman Medeiros, and Jeff Moehle, appear in the Distinguished Alumni Series at Western Michigan University’s Dalton Center Rectial Hall, Kalamazoo.

Monday, April 7th, the Hope College Jazz Combos present their spring concert at Wichers Auditorium, 127 East 12th Street between College and Columbia, in the Nykerk Hall of Music, Hope College, Holland. The concert starts at 7:30, and more information available from Brian Coyle, director of jazz studies at Hope College, (616) 395 – 7653.

Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m. the Hope College Vocal Jazz Ensembles under the guidance of Edye Evans-Hyde perform at Wichers Auditorium, 127 East 12th Street between College and Columbia, in the Nykerk Hall of Music, Hope College, Holland. The concert starts at 7:30, and more information available from Brian Coyle, director of jazz studies at Hope College, (616) 395 – 7653.

Wednesday, April 9th at 8 p.m. the Hope College spring jazz concerts continue with the Jazz Arts Collective and Jazz Combos in concert at Park Theater, 248 South River, Holland. (616) 355- 7275.

Thursday, April 10th, vocalist/composer Downie debuts her new single “Today” at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street S.E. in Grand Rapids (616) 493 – 6686 or www.notosoldworld.com . While in L.A. she appeared live at the Hollywood Studio Bar and Grille with first call L.A. jazz musicians Tony Dumas and Ralph Penland.  In Grand Rapids, Downie makes her debut as pianist with her own ensemble at Noto’s, and her band is featured regularly on Thursday nights thereafter.  With the multi-talented Tom Lockwood, bass, and the recently returned from New York City Scott Veenstra, drums. See www.downiesings.com for her new music video.

Thursday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m. the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble from Hope College’s school of music accompanies the readings of author Amy Bloom at the Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. 8th Street, Holland. Information is available from Brian Coyle, director of jazz studies at Hope College, (616) 395 – 7653.

Monday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. the West Michigan Jazz Society presents the Traverse City based pianist/composer Jeff Haas with Interlochen saxophonist Laurie Sears, trumpeter Chris Lawrence, bassist Jack Dryden and drummer Randy Marsh at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, 49503. Information on the Monday Night Jazz Series at Bobarino’s in The B.O.B. from www.wmichjazz.org.

Thursday, April 24th at 9 p.m. jazz organist Tony Monaco (www.b3monaco.com) appears at The Park Theater, 248 South River, Holland. (616) 355- 7275.  Monaco’s visit is coordinated with Hope College and will include a music workshop/clinic.

Thursday, April 24, 2014, vocalist Cyrille Aimee and Friends appear at the Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, Michigan State University, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. In 2007, Cyrille won both the First and Public Prizes in the Montreaux Jazz Festival Competition, and at the tender age of 26, she has already released four CDs internationally.  Her rich background (born in France, émigré to Central America) taught her the driving force of Dominican rhythm and French Gypsy swing, Tickets from (517) 393-1982 or www.whartoncenter.com.

Thursday, April 24th, Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th, the 11th Annual Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival takes place in Hastings, MI, with this year’s headliners including The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Edye Evans-Hyde, WMU’s Gold Company, Big Band Nouveau, the Thornapple Jazz Orchestra and many more. Information from www.thornapplearts.org/jazzfestival2014/

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party at the Williams Theatre, Gilmore Theatre Complex, Kalamazoo. Originally performed in 2011 at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, Fontana and the Gilmore Keyboard Festival are pleased to present Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party, a high-spirited tribute to Waller that builds on his tunes with rhythms from Motown to house to hip-hop. With Jason Moran, piano; Jose James and Lisa Harris, vocals; Charles Haynes, drums; Tarus Mateen, bass; Lavon Henry, sax; Corey King, trombone; and Leron Thomas, trumpet.  Single tickets will be available for sale starting in January 2014 through the Miller AuditoriumBox Office.  (269) 382 7774 or www.fontanachamberarts.org.

Tuesday,  May 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm, an evening of “Cool Jazz” with the return of jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and the award winning Byron Center jazz ensembles at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center, 8500 Burlingam S.W., Grand Rapids.  www.wycliffegordon.com

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.