Mondays from 6 to 10 p.m., Fridays 7 – 11 p.m. and Saturdays 6-10 p.m. The What Not Innfeatures a revolving cast of local musicians each weekend and Mondays hosts a jam session open tomusicians and vocalists. They have two good jazz shows coming up in. See thefull schedule here: www.whatnotinn.com. The What Not Inn islocated at M89 and the Blue Star Highway, 2405 68th Street,Fennville, MI. (269) 543-3341.
Mondays from 8 to 11 p.m.with low lighting and an inviting closeness to the band, pianist/vocalist John Shea holds for with realjazz played by unshakeable sidement, bassist Warren Jones III and drummer FredKnapp, at The Republic, 45 South Division.www.republicgrandrapids.com.
Monday night at 8 p.m.Swingtooth hosts the open mic jam at the Rockford Brewing Company, 12 E BridgeSt, Rockford, Michigan, (616) 951-4677. Swingtooth includes two acoustic hand-builtguitars played by Lee and David Middleman, with Chris Cudworth on bass.
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. it is divatime at Bar Divani, 15 Ionia Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, as the finest femalesingers in the area step up and swing. For a full schedule: http://www.bar-divani.com/tastings-a-events/live-music Phone (616) 774 –9463.
Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. TheTom Hagen Trio with vocalist Rick Reuther at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining,6600 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids. (616) 493 – 6686, orwww.notosoldworld.com.
Wednesday, Thursday,Friday and Saturdaylive piano jazz is heard from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mangiamo, 1033 Lake Drive S.E.,Grand Rapids. Information from (616) 742 – 0600. www.thegilmorecollection.com.
Thursdays at 7 p.m. a varietyof jazz bands rotate the schedule at The Book Nook and Java Shop, 8744 FerryStreet in Montague. The last Thursday of the month belongs to trumpeter BradFritcher and Trios. See www.thebooknookjavashop.com and click on thecalendar 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 GrandPlaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids. Seewww.robinconnell.com.
Fridays, 7 p.m. the John SheaTrio plays at the J.W. Marriot Hotel, 235 Louis Street N.W., Grand Rapids.(616) 242 – 1448.
Saturdays at 7:30, pianist John Shealeads his trio at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th StreetS.E., Grand Rapids. See www.notosoldworld.com or call (616) 493 –6686.
Onthe Third Saturday of each month,Hope Church, 2010 Kalamazoo, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507, presents “Jazz andJustice” with jazz from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and a Justice conversation from 7:20 to8 p.m.
Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. guitarist Greg Miller brings his 6-1-6 guitar concept to the J.W.Marriot Hotel, 235 Louis Street N.W., Grand Rapids. (616) 242 – 1448.
Sundays, Randy Marsh’s SundayNight 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 orlegal guardian will have a chance to play with Marsh from 7 to 9; the host trioplays from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. www.speakezlounge.com.
First Sunday of everymonth from5 to 7 p.m. the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra plays Founders Brewing Company, 235Grandville Avenue S.W., downtown Grand Rapids. The GRJO is the region’s premierprofessional jazz orchestra. Information from www.grjo.com.
Thursday, February 5th at 7:30 p.m. six timeGrammy award winning trumpeter Randy Brecker is Western Michigan University’s 2015Jazz Masters Artist. He’s joined by guest pianist Edward Simon in concert withThe Western Jazz Quartet, the WMU Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band at TheDalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Ticketsfrom (800) 228 – 9858.
Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. The HartCommunity Performing Arts Series celebrates its 100th concert atHart Public Schools Auditorium, 308 W. Johnson Street, Hart, MI 49420: www.hartauditorium.org. This special eventfeatures guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniola, accordionist Julien Labro,saxophonist Carl Cafagna, bassist Tom Knific and drummer Tim Froncek. Moreinformation about the Hart Community Performing Arts Series available from TomKirk, (231) 873 – 6270.
Sunday, February 8th at 3 p.m. the newseries of piano concerts in Grand Rapids features Xavier Davis with bassistMatt Brewer. “Jazz in the Sanctuary” is held at Fountain Street Church, 24Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids 49503Information fromwww.jazzinthesanctuary.eventbrite.com or (616) 459 – 8386.
Thursday, February12that 8 p.m. Western Michigan University Jams with drummer Keith Hall at The UnionCabaret and Grille, 125 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. This is anOpen Jam Session. (269) 384- 6756 orwww.millenniumrestaurants.com/union/index.php .
Sunday, February 15th at 3 p.m. TheLaFontsee Galleries in conjunction withwww.adventuremusic.org presents a new series of improvisedmusic concerts, “The Underground Concert Series,” with Grand Rapids’ first poetLaureate Linda Nemec Foster accompanied by music from composer/pianist SteveTalaga’s Nonet. Together they’ll perform Linda Nemec Foster’s poem cycle“Contemplating the Heavens.” A stringquartet plus jazz quintet join Linda Nemec Foster as she reads from her 2001chapbook “Contemplating the Heavens” published by Ridgeway Press, in the uniquesurroundings of LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506;(616) 451-9820. Ticket are $20 in advance, $10 for students with a student I.D.and $25 at the door. Advance tickets available only from www.adventuremusic.org .
Sunday, February 15th at 4 p.m. Jazz atLincoln Center Orchestra with 2011 NEA Jazz Master and 2014 UMS DistinguishedArtist Award recipient, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, at Hill Auditorium, AnnArbor. Presented by the University Music Society, www.ums.org.
Monday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. the WestMichigan Jazz Series, “Monday Night at The B.O.B.” presents the Tom Hagen Triowith vocalist Rick Reuther. Tom Hagen’s musical vitae is rich with performing,arranging and recording experience. With wife Cherie Hagen on drums and voice,the group includes the versatile saxophonist Mike Lutley and special guestvocalist Rick Reuther. See www.wmichjazz.org for more information.
Tuesday February 17th at 7:30 p.m. theTruth in Jazz Orchestra returns to Watermark 920, 920 Washington Avenue,Muskegon, 49441. Fronted by drummer Tim Froncek, TIJO brings big band jazzexcitement to the lakeshore. See www.tijo.org for more.
Thursday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m., worldrenowned bassist Christian McBride leads his trio with Christian Sands, piano,and Ulysses Owens Jr., drums, in the Jazz Series at St. Cecilia Music Center,24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, 49503. Information fromwww.scmc-online.org or by calling (616) 459 – 2224.
Friday, February 20, the Kris Bowers Trio appearsin “Dinner and a Show” presented by the Fontana Chamber Arts in Kalamazoo. 6:30p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. performance at Cityscape at the City Centre, Kalamazoo.Information from www.fontanachamberarts.org or (269)382-7774.
Friday, February 20that 8:00 p.m.at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater, a 50th Anniversary Celebration: The CampbellBrothers perform John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” The Campbell Brothers, whoseunique sacred steel gospel music was created in African-American churches,revisit John Coltrane’s 4 part spiritual work on their signature slide guitars,marking the 50th anniversary of Coltrane’s great recording, paying particularattention to “A Love Supreme”’s transcendent spiritual message. With Chuck Campbell, pedal steel; DarickCampbell, lap steel; Phillip Campbell, electric guitar; Carlton Campbell, drums;Daric Bennett, bass
See more at: www.ums.org/performance/thecampbellbrothers.
Saturday, February 21st at 8 p.m.trumpeter Brad Fritcher (see:http://www.youtube.com/user/BradFritcherMusic) and his band Moods appear at One Trick Pony, 136 Fulton Street East,Grand Rapids, 49503.
Thursday, March 12that 7:30 p.m. 2014Grammy nominated vocalist Rene Marie visits the St. Cecilia Music Center toperform in the historic Royce Auditorium, 24 Ransom Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids,49503. See www.scmc-online.org/rene-marie .
Friday and Saturday,March 13th and 14th, Saxophonist Miguel Zenon is guest artist inresidence for the 35th Annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival. On Friday, March 13that 7:30Miguel Zenon performs with the Western Jazz Quartet at the Dalton CenterRecital Hall, WMU, Kalamazoo. Then, on Saturday,March 14th he’s heard at 7:30 p.m. with the Western MichiganUniversity Big Band at the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western MichiganUniversity, Kalamazoo. On Saturday the 14 the Western Invitational Jazz Festival,featuring high school ensembles from across the region, begins at 8 a.m. Advance tickets available from MillerAuditorium (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 & at the door.
Thursday, March 26that 8p.m. Hammond organist Bill Heid headlines with guitarist Ralph Tope and drummerJeff Shoup at The Tip Top Delux Bar, 760 Butterworth, Grand Rapids: (616)272-3910.
Friday, March 20that 8:00 p.m. SteveWilson and Wilsonian’s Grain plays the Dalton Center Recital Hall, WesternMichigan University, Kalamazoo. Featuring Steve Wilson, saxophones;
Orrin Evans, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; and BillStewart, drums. Advance tickets available from Miller Auditorium (269) 387-2300or (800) 228-9858 & at the door.
Sunday, March 22ndat 3p.m. The LaFontsee Galleries in conjunction with http://www.adventuremusic.orgpresents “The Underground Concert Series” with Charlie Kohlhase’s ChicagoExplorers Club featuring the Boston/Cambridge area leader Charlie Kohlhase onalto, tenor & baritone saxophones; James Falzone, clarinet; Aaron Darrell,bass; Tim Daisy, drums; and Russ Johnson, trumpet. Ticket are $20 in advance,$10 for students with a student I.D. and $25 at the door. Advance ticketsavailable only fromwww.adventuremusic.org. The phone number at the LaFontseeGalleries is (616) 451 – 9820. The LaFontsee Galleries are wheel chairaccessible.
Wednesday, March 25th The Bad Plusperform at The Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 East 8thStreet, Holland,49423. See www.hope.edu/arts/knick or phone (616)395 – 7890.
Thursday, April 16th at 7:30 p.m. anevening with pianists Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea at Hill Auditorium, AnnArbor. http://ums.org/performance/an-evening-with-herbie-hancock-and-chick-corea/.
Friday, April 17th at 8 p.m. theAustin-based Hot Club of Cowtown plays gypsy jazz at the Saugatuck CenterCenter for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453, (269) 857 – 2399,or www.sc4a.org. With fiddler Elana James,guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin, the Hot Club of Cowtown plays offthe legacies of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys as well as jazz legend DjangoReinhardt.
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