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

The MLK Day Celebration @ Fountain Street Church

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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.


“Panov’s Dream” a one act opera

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“Panov’s Dream” is a new one act opera that will receive its world premiere on Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Muskegon. The work is a collaboration between librettist Foley Schuler of Blue Lake Public Radio and composer Floyd Farmer. The text is based on a short story by Leo Tolstoy about an old Russian shoemaker, Papa Panov, who dreams on Christmas Eve that Jesus will be coming to visit him on Christmas day. He is told to wait by his window so that he doesn’t miss the visitor when he arrives. Papa watches all of Chrismas Day, with many people passing by, but never sees Jesus. Or does he? The opera calls for six principal singers, a chorus, and small instrumental ensemble. 

Michael Match, a former member of the world acclaimed vocal ensemble “Chanticleer” will sing the title role of Papa Panov and Tom Clark will return to Muskegon to sing the role of Jesus. Other principal singers are contralto Camille DeBoer in the role of Panov’s wife, tenor William Potts as the aging street sweeper, soprano Jessica Coe as the young mother, and tenor Joel Dulyea as the village priest.

This first performance will be presented in its unstaged version and without an intermission. It is approximately one hour in length and is similar in style to “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Menotti. “Panov’s Dream” was conceived when the composer heard the presiding clergyman at London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church deliver the Tolstoy short story as a sermon on the Sunday following Christmas a few years ago. Farmer and Schuler have worked on other projects together, most notably their “Three Summer Sonnets” on original poems by Foley, but this is their first foray into a venture of this length. Over a period of years they have worked on the project intermittently until recently when they decided it was time to complete the opera and breathe life into the characters.

Thanks to the generosity of underwriters for the orchestra and chorus, and to a grant from the Professional Singers Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, there will be no admission charge for this premiere performance. The opera is in English and the complete libretto will be printed in the program so that the audience will more easily be able to follow the story line.

Sunday, November 19, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 pm
First Congregational Church U.C.C.

1201 Jefferson St, Muskegon, Michigan 49441
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ESME (Eclectic String Music Ensemble)

Sunday, November 12,

2 – 3 pm

ESME (Eclectic String Music Ensemble)

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Every Sunday during fall and winter, enjoy live classical music performances set amidst GRAM’s beautiful architecture and galleries. Concerts are free with admission and free for members.

About ESME
Based in West Michigan, ESME is an acoustic string band that excels in blending classical music training with popular music to create a live performance experience. Accessible to music lovers of different ages and varied tastes—you’ll hear favorites by Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Beatles, Eminem, and more this Sunday at GRAM.

Grand Rapids Art Museum,
101 Monroe Center St NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Adam Rudolph’s Sextet: Moving Pictures

Adam Rudolph’s Sextet “Moving Pictures,” an ensemble including Adam Rudolph: handrumset; Alexis Marcelo: Fender Rhodes, electric keyboards, Hammond B3; Damon Banks: electric bass; Hamid Drake: drumset, percussion; Kenny Wessel: electric guitar, electronics; and Ralph M. Jones: c flute, alto flute, bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones, husli, bamboo flutes. Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures just released its first new album in over five years, “Glare of the Tiger,” a perfect example of creative music looking to the future while expressing the sound of now.


Adam Rudolph back to LaFontsee Gallery on Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Where: LaFontsee Gallery

833 Lake Drive SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506