Jazz Concert – “Lush Life” the Music of Billy Strayhorn

Jazz Concert – “Lush Life” the Music of Billy Strayhorn
The Holland Area Arts Council Presents:
“Lush Life” the Music of Billy Strayhorn”
Saturday, October 8, 2016.
Holland Area Arts Council
150 East 8th Street
Holland, Michigan 49423
In concert will be the unique jazz duo of local vibraphonist Jim Cooper and Cincinnati pianist Phil Burkhead. The concert will spotlight the music of Billy Strayhorn as well as selections from Dave Brubeck and new, original music. Cooper and Bulkhead teach each summer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camps. They hit it off both musically and personally–finding a common love for the the music of Billy Strayhorn. The two plan to record a CD in October, recognizing Strayhorn’s centenary.
Billy Strayhorn holds an iconic place in the history of 20th Century jazz. He was a composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger who collaborated with bandleader/composer, Duke Ellington for nearly three decades. He is best known for his compositions, “Take the A Train”, “Chelsea Bridge”, and “Lush Life”.
The concert starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (616) 396-3278.
Spirits will be available at a cash bar.
Concert proceeds will benefit the programs at Holland Area Arts Council.coopstrayhorn

West Michigan Jazz Highlights



“Take Three at The Grand” Jazz Jam, 22 Washington St. Grand Haven, 7-10 pm


Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

JMM Trio at Black Sheep Baa & Grill, Holland, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

Tavern House Jazz Band at 101 S. Washington Sq. in Lansing, 7:30 – 10:30 pm


Mary Rad & Mark Kahny on Grand Lady Riverboat, Happy Hour Cruise, 6-9 pm, $15

First Editon Jazz Band at the Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm, $5 cover

Dan Jacobs Quintet at East Park Tavern, Charlevoix, 8-11 pm


John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, Saugatuck, 7-11 pm


John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm


Shock/ Huyge/ Beavan at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge, 2- 4 pm

Randy Marsh at SpeakEZ, with friends 7-10 pm, Open Jam 8:30 – 10 pm

Jeff Haas Trio at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm

2016 Hispanic Festival


The Hispanic Festival  is the premier annual celebration of the rich heritage of the Hispanic community in Grand Rapids, Michigan!  The 39th edition is free of charge and will take place on Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. ( Friday, August 26th through Sunday, August 28th)


5-7: Bengala vs. Los Pikudos (cumbia vs Norteño)
730-930: Las Fenix (Norteño)
930-1030: Andy Galvez (Regional Mexican)
1030-1130: Lalo Cura (rock)


1-2: Andres 123 (Childrens Music) **Latin Grammy Nominee

2-3: Folklorico South Haven

3-4: Unico Flow Latino (Bachata)

4-5: Latinos Klan

5-6: BANDA EXPLOSION (merengue band from Chicago, IL)

630-7: dj dave alvarez

7-8: Monchy y Nathalia (bachata)
8-9: La Furia Del Ritmo (cumbia & Merengue)

9-930: Xsizim (EDM)

930-945- Louis

945-1130:5 En Clave (salsa, bachata, merengue)

info:  http://hispanic-center.org/hispanic-festival/


West Michigan Jazz Weekend

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Shoreline Jazz Festival, Heritage Landing, Muskegon, Bob James & Spyro Gyra & friends

Tickets http://www.shorelinejazzfestival.com or at the door, in downtown Muskegon

Jazz in the Park, Hackley Park, in Muskegon with Alexander Zonjic & friends, 5-9 pm

John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

Robin Connell Jazz Trio at Amway Garden Court Bar, 7-11 pm

Laurie Sears & Peter Tolias, at Pine Hill Garden Café, Torch Lake, 6:30-8:30 pm

Terry Lower Trio with Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm


Shoreline Jazz Festival, Muskegon, after party Jam at Holiday Inn, Harbor Hotel (231) 722-0100

John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm


Randy Marsh at SpeakEZ, with friends 7-10 pm, Open Jam 8:30 -10 pm

Hugye, Beavan, Schock Jazz Trio at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge NW 2-4 pm

Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, Piano Bar, Saugatuck, 6-10 pm

John Shea at New Holland Brewing Co, in Holland, 6-9 pm

Jeff Haas Trio at West Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm

WMFVA is bringing in filmmaker Amy Heckerling in September…


Amy Heckerling, award-winning writer and director, is scheduled to lead the West Michigan Film Video Alliance’s 2016 Visiting Film Artist Series (VFAS) on September 9 & 10. Heckerling’s talent and contribution to the film industry has been recognized with a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay, Writer’s Guild of America Best Screenplay Written Directly for Screen, Women in Film Crystal Awards, and the American Film Institute Franklin J. Schaffner Award.

Celebration! Cinema North is the VFAS venue partner for the event, ensuring a state-of-the-art film viewing experience for the Friday evening screening, with the workshop and luncheon held in the versatile and spacious Wave Room on Saturday afternoon.

Event schedule at a glance:

 Friday, Sept.  9               WMFVA Members $10; non-members $15        

7-9pm                               Film screening Clueless and Q&A with Amy Heckerling

9-10pm                            Reception and meet and greet with Amy Heckerling


Saturday, Sept. 10          WMFVA Members $75; non-members $85

11:30am                           Registrant sign in opens

12-1pm                             Luncheon with Amy Heckerling

1-3pm                               Workshop with Amy Heckerling “A Filmmaker’s                                             Perspective: Battle Scars and Victory Laps”

3-3:30pm                        Wrap-up social with refreshments


Space is limited. Register soon! Visit www.wmfva.org for details.