West Michigan Weekly Jazz Round Up

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John Shea at Rockwell/Republic, 8-11 pm
Mark Kahny Trio, Hackley Public Library 316 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, 6 pm, free!
Open Mic Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm
Take Three Jazz Ensemble, at the Grand Theatre Bar,
Grand Haven, 7-10 pm
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30-9:30 pm
Tavern House Jazz Band at Tavern & Tap,
Lansing, 7:30-10:30 pm
Jazz Mix Night at Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, 8-11 pm
Terry Lower & Friends at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek,
6-10 pm
Jeff Haas & The Electric Jazz Fusion at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7:30 pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at JD Reardon’s, 6:30-9 pm
Boogie Woogie Babies, Douglas Walker Park, 84th St
Byron Center, 4-5:30 pm
First Edition Jazz Band at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm, $5 cover
Checkers Morton at Sandy Point Beach House,
West Olive, 7-9 pm
Terry Lower & Friends at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek,
6-10 pm
Jeff Haas Trio at Chateau Chantal Winery, Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm
Muskegon’s Shoreline Jazz Festival at Heritage Landing
tickets at Startickets.com
Alexander Zonjic Trio at the Block, Muskegon,
Tkts – 231-726-3231
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, Saugatuck,
piano & vocals
7-11 pm
Terry Lower & Friends at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek,
6-10 pm
Muskegon’s Shoreline Jazz Festival at Heritage Landing, tickets at Startickets.com
John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Noel Webley Trio at JW Marriott, 7-10 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, Saugatuck, piano & vocals 7-11 pm
Jeff Haas Quintet at Spice World Café, Northport,
7-10 pm, No cover
Muskegon’s Shoreline Jazz Festival at Heritage Landing
tickets at Startickets.com
Sunday Brunch Series with Mike Frost & Mike Hyde
at JW Marriott, 10 am -1 pm
Jazz Brunch at the Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 11 am-2 pm
Mark Kahny w/ Randy Marsh at Cedar Springs Brewery, 12-2pm
Hugye, Bevan, Schock Trio at New Harmony Hall, 2-4 pm
Brad Fritcher Trio at Derby Station, Gaslight Village,
East GR, 4-6 pm
Randy Marsh & Friends at SpeakEZ, 7-10 pm
(open Jam 8:30-10 pm)
Mark Kahny Trio at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-10 pm

“One World” Exhibit by Paul Collins

Final Days to View the Powerful “One World” Exhibit by Paul Collins, A Reflection of Us!

The exhibits closing reception, open to the public, will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 5:30 pm – 7:00pm on the Devos Place Skywalk.

[DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503]

Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad

The exhibition features painting, prints, presidential letters, appointments, honors and awards. The paintings depict monumental moments in history, everyday heroes and nature’s elements, weaving together threads of commonality, carrying the message of our connection to one another and mother earth.

The beautiful imagery is full of life’s lessons exuding with dignity for humanity and mother earth.

“With all of the negativity that surrounds our daily lives, it is important for our psyche that we take time to reflect on positive moments in life.  This exhibit provides that relief with a focus on dignity and unity”. Carol Collins

World acclaimed artist Paul Collins exhibit, showcases his immense talent across decades and continents. This must-see exhibition is compelling, with images that will stir the soul in a rarely seen compilation of Collins’ works, honors and awards.

Collins has been commended by Presidents, world figures and civil rights leaders through his passionate interpretation and humanitarian efforts. His commissions include Presidents, NASA, Coretta Scott King, the NFL Hall of Fame, national and international corporations .

Collins said: “Art is one of the things we have left that brings us all together. I am motivated by the human response to the positive. All too often we forget that our individual lives are part of a bigger picture and we are all affected by one another on some level.” “I use my art to motivate, encourage, inspire, and uplift people from all walks of life. Inspiring the human imagination with threads of commonality through personality, language and the art of Mother Earth.”

Paul Collins with his iconic painting "Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad"

‘Jazz in the Sanctuary’ Concert

‘Jazz in the Sanctuary’ Concert Season to Conclude March 11 with Dave Proulx and David Rosin

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The fourth season of Fountain Street Church’s Jazz in the Sanctuary concert series will conclude on Sunday, March 11, at 3:00pm. The series pairs the spontaneous wonder of jazz with the acoustic and architectural beauty of the century-old sanctuary in downtown Grand Rapids. Robin Connell, series host and staple of the West Michigan jazz scene, will welcome pianist Dave Proulx and bassist David Rosin for over an hour
of exciting music and light conversation.
Connell received West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2017 “Musician of the Year” award for her
widespread collaboration with area jazz artists and her continuing work on the Jazz in the Sanctuary series. Originally from Grand Rapids, Proulx is the pastor of Battle Creek Community Church and an accomplished musician in the realms of worship, jazz, and beyond.

His brother, John Proulx, is perhaps the better-known jazz pianist in Michigan, but the two benefited equally from growing up in the same musically rich household and continue to share their passion for jazz piano. Rosin, jazz bassist and educator, grew up in the metro Detroit area and currently resides in East Lansing. He studied under the state’s great bassists at Western Michigan University and Michigan State University and has performed extensively throughout the Midwest. In 1997, he toured Australia with the Andrew Speight Quartet and recorded an album that won an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) music award for “Best Jazz Album”.

General admission to the March 11 concert is $10 online or at the door. College students may show ID for $5 off. Tickets and additional information are available at fountainstreet.org/jazz.

Fountain Street Church

24 Fountain St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Gregory Porter 
February 22, 2018
7:30 PM
The last time Gregory Porter performed at SCMC he was fresh off the GRAMMY award-winning stage for this 2013 Blue Note debut Album Liquid Spirit and he took home the award again in 2017 for Best Jazz Vocal Album with his 2017 release “Take Me to the Alley.”
An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter solidifies his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriters. Porter has time and again demonstrated an innate ability to transcend genre and connect with audiences from all walks of life, and his new music reflects the singer’s continued and mindful growth as an artist and as a person amidst the constant touring demands that have resulted from tremendous international success.
Liquid Spirit – which followed the critically-acclaimed and GRAMMY-nominated albums Water (2010) and Be Good (2012) – quickly grew into a global phenomenon, selling a million albums worldwide and becoming the most streamed jazz album of all-time with over 20 million streams. The album has sold Platinum in the U.K. and Germany, and Gold in France, The Netherlands, and Austria. In the U.S. Porter made his first-ever national TV appearances on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live while both ESQUIRE and NPR Music declared him “America’s Next Great Jazz Singer.” Liquid Spirit also won Porter his first GRAMMY Award in 2014 for Best Jazz Vocal Album while also earning him a Best Traditional R&B Performance nomination for his affecting ballad “Hey Laura.”
In the Fall of 2015 Porter finally found the time to return to the studio in New York City to record Take Me To The Alley. As he’s done on his previous three albums, Porter teamed with producer Kamau Kenyatta to craft a collection of stirring originals that juxtapose the personal and political. His partnership with Kenyatta started in the mid-1990s when he was a student at San Diego State University (Porter began his college years playing football on a full athletic scholarship before a shoulder injury diverted him into a music career). It was through Kenyatta’s mentorship that Porter’s professional musical career began.
As Porter polishes his artistry as one of our most heartfelt singer-songwriters on Take Me to the Alley, his burgeoning body of work will continue to give voice to its modern times while simultaneously echoing the legacy of jazz and soul’s yesteryear and informing generations of musicians to come.


24 Ransom NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.459.2224

The MLK Day Celebration @ Fountain Street Church

I dream

The inspiring story of the famous preacher and iconic civil rights leader from Atlanta is brought to life in this deeply moving premiere performance that beautifully fuses opera with bluesy, jazzy, and gospel-tinged rhythms. In a stirring account of his most intimate moments shared with wife Coretta Scott King and close friend Ralph Abernathy, we discover that the themes of equality and justice from the Civil Rights Movement are echoed in our political sentiments today. Despite the well-chronicled tragedy that ended the preacher’s life 50 years ago, the audience is left beaming with the hope of his dream in their hearts.

The celebration includes an inspiring presentation by Guest Speaker April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite, and a premiere performance of the opera I DREAM by Opera Grand Rapids.

The MLK Day Celebration is a free community event. Seating is on a first-come basis at the door.

5:30 PM- Doors open

 6:00 PM- Program, featuring Guest Speaker April Reign

 7:30 PM-I DREAM performance

Fountain Street Church|24 Fountain St NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49503 |

Chiaroscuro International Film Series Returns on January 14 at UICA

The Chiaroscuro International Film Series announces its 12th season with five celebrated films from around the world. The theme for this year’s award-winning roster of films is “Borders.” Using a variety of narrative, cinematic and thematic devices, each film explores the idea of borders – geographical, interpersonal, metaphorical, or otherwise. The programs begin at 2:00pm on scheduled Sundays January through March and include the feature presentation, a panel discussion, and a reception with refreshments. All programs are free and open to the public.

The 2018 films and their screening dates include:

January 14

Mediterranea (Carpignano, 2015) Italy/France/USA/Germany/Qatar

Two men make the dangerous journey from Burkina Faso in Africa to Italy for a better life, only to face hostility and violence once they arrive at their destination in this revealing look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

 January 28

Force Majeure (Östlund 2014) Sweden/France/Norway                           

Original Title: Turist

A Swedish family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche. In more ways than one, the family’s world is shaken to its core.

February 11

House Without Roof  (Yusef, 2016) Germany/Iraq/Qatar                             

Original Title: Haus Ohne Dach

A difficult journey to the homeland of three siblings who were born in the Kurdish area of Iraq and subsequently raised in Germany. They want to fulfill their mother’s dying wish to bury her in her home village beside her husband, who was killed in the war under the Saddam Hussein regime.


February 25

Two Days, One Night (Dardenne, 2014) Belgium/France/Italy                    

Original Title: Deux Jours, Une Nuit

A factory worker discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job. Starring Marion Cotillard.

March 11

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Waititi, 2016) New Zealand

A charmingly offbeat comedy about a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who are targets of a manhunt through the wild New Zealand bush country. Starring Sam Neill.

The panel discussion is organized with consideration of each film selected. Two experts are invited to sit on the panel, one is knowledgeable in film studies and the other deeply connected to the culture represented in the film. Feedback and questions from audience members is greatly encouraged.

The reception that follows the film viewing and panel discussion completes the afternoon immersion in world culture by offering complimentary food and drink and a comfortable space to gather outside the theater. This allows participants a space to mingle with others and build upon the ideas presented earlier in the program, encouraging further dialogue and cultural exchange in a friendly, casual setting.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy Sunday afternoons of film, food, and cultural exchange. The series offers an engaging way to experience the world without leaving town. All films are shown in the state-of-the-art theater at the UICA in downtown Grand Rapids, 2 West Fulton.  A Parking garage is available and the entrance is off Commerce Street.

About the Chiaroscuro International Film Series

The Chiaroscuro International Film Series is a non-profit cultural and educational organization fostering a deeper understanding of world cultures through the medium of film. Chiaroscuro enriches the West Michigan cultural landscape by presenting films in a setting that encourages discussion and enjoyment through a shared social experience. Serving the greater Grand Rapids community, Chiaroscuro provides a forum for award-winning cinema and support of local emerging filmmakers.  www.chiaroscurogr.org



Kathy Lamar sings at One Trick Pony


Vocalist Kathy Lamar sings a diverse blend of jazz, R&B, soul, and pop hits pulled from many decades. One minute, you might hear a Sting or Bob Marley tune, and the next, an Ella Fitzgerald or Billy Holiday song. Her powerful voice and infectious laugh keep audiences coming back for more. No matter what she sings, Lamar’s performances are lively and her powerful voice wakes up a room. She truly loves to entertain and it shows.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

All One Trick Pony shows run from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.  [No cover]

Reservationare accepted. Call (616) 235-PONY. 

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One Trick Pony
Grill & Taproom
136 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

A Drag Queen Christmas


Murray & Peter Present A Drag Queen Christmas “The Naughty Tour” hosted by Trinity Taylor on Sunday, November 19th at 8:00PM at DeVos Performance Hall. The performance will star Sasha Velour, Shea Coulee, Aja, Latrice Royale, Farrah Moan, Chi Chi DeVayne & Eureka O’Hara.

Murray & Peter proudly present a must see holiday spectacular with your favorite contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1). It’s an evening of holiday songs and outstanding drag performances with your favorite queens. All ages welcome.