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

Off The Wall May 23, 2019, 7:00 p– 9:00 p

Off The Wall


Off The Wall returns for 2019 with visionary performances by actors, musicians, singers, and dancers. Experience the sights and sounds as artists disregard the conventions of performing arts, reveal original works, and experiment with new material in The Galleries at UICA. Proceeds from Off The Wall support UICA’s programming, exhibitions, films, and arts-focused events year-round.

Guests will enjoy small bites from San Chez Bistro, and a cash bar featuring select wines and craft beers.

Featuring Performances By:

Lady Ace Boogie

Lady Ace Boogie
Vocal performance

Circle Theatre
Musical theatre

Isaac Aoki
Contemporary ballet with live accompaniment

Kalamazoo Community Taiko Ensemble
Japanese Taiko drumming

Michael Schaeffer
Accordion soloist

Serita Crowley

Early-Bird Tickets: $35.00 (purchase by April 7)
Standard Tickets (purchased after April 7, 2019):
• UICA Members: $35.00
• Public: $50.00

Purchase ticket at the link below.



Red Green – This Could Be It

Red Green – This Could Be It

Red Green is back in 2019 with a brand new show! The name says it all. Red Green – This Could Be It comes to DeVos Performance Hall Tonight, Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

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Potentially Red’s last tour as he heads out on the road to hold Lodge Meetings all over North America. Might be your last opportunity to catch Red live (or as live as he gets) before he takes a long look at his birth certificate and decides not to keep pushing his luck. This latest one man show features some brand new handyman projects, advice to married guys and teenage boys, tips on getting old, an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers, special contributions from Harold and a couple of other cast members, talking animals, and a final wish from Red to all of his loyal fans.


You won’t want to miss this show. It may not be his last but why take the chance?


DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Serita’s Black Rose @ One Trick Pony

Serita’s Black Rose
“Singer-songwriter Nicholas James Thomasma is a Grand Rapids native and a Michigander to the core. He even has the Great Lakes tattooed on his arm and professes real love for the region in earthy, country-imbued songs drenched in honesty and authenticity. Thomasma also happens to be a supremely talented singer. . .” – John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press
“Nicholas James Thomasma, aka Nicholas James, is one of West Michigan’s rising singer-songwriter stars.” – John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press
Jammie Award Winner for Best EP of 2012, and three time Eclipse Award Winner, Serita Crowley is the Funk, Rock, Neo-Soul songstress extraordinaire that’s setting the midwest on fire!
This talented artist/singer/song-writer touches all four corners of the compass with flavors ranging from Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Betty Davis, Mary J Blige, KoKo Taylor, and many more. When she performs, she brings an enormous amount of energy and stage presence that will definitely make you move your feet!
Saturday, March 9, 2019
8:00-11:00 PM
One Trick Pony
Grill & Taproom
136 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI
616-235-PONY (7669)


The Robin Connell Jazz Trio @ 1 Trick Pony

Jazz pianist-singer, Robin Connell, will perform with her trio at One Trick Pony in Grand Rapids, on March 14, 2019, from 8-11 pm. With her will be Mark Weymouth on drums and Charles Johnson on bass. There is no cover charge for the performance.

One Trick Pony is located at 136 E. Fulton St NE, in downtown Grand Rapids. For more info about the venue, call One Trick Pony: 616-235-7669 or visit the website http://onetrick.biz/

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About Robin Connell



As the West Michigan Jazz Society’s pick for the 2017 Musician of the Year, Robin Connell’s career is an alternating kaleidoscope of performing, teaching and composing in a variety of settings. Following in the tradition of singer‐pianists Shirley Horn and  Diana Krall, Connell tickles the ivories with original arrangements of time honored classics from The Great American Songbook (Gershwin, Porter), jazz standards (Ellington, Brubeck), and her own unique compositions. With harmonic sophistication at the piano, and a tinge of haunting introspection, she sings and “tells the story” with the depth that comes from true‐life experience. In addition to performing, she co-directs the St Cecilia Youth Jazz Ensembles, hosts Jazz in the Sanctuary at Fountain Street Church, and is the 2016 ArtPrize Public Choice award recipient for her original composition, Prisms. As an educator, Robin taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp for twenty years (where Norah Jones studied with Robin for two summers). She currently teaches privately and travels as guest artist and clinician/adjudicator at jazz festivals and schools.

Veronica Swift + Benny Green Trio 

Veronica Swift + Benny Green Trio 

March 7, 2019
7:30 PM

St. Cecilia Music Center

24 Ransom NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

At age 23, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016, she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. In the summer of 2016, she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there. In addition to performing the Great American Songbook and Bebop and Vocalese classics, Veronica is also a passionate devotee of 20s and 30s music.

Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.