The Harris Building Kicks Off Weekly Jazz Series

“Jazz at The Harris” series will feature Robin Connell Trio with special guests Tim Froncek, Paul Brewer and Bob Nixon on Wednesday, Jan. 6th, at 8 p.m.
The Harris Building in downtown Grand Rapids will begin its weekly Jazz Series on January 6th, featuring The Robin Connell Trio as the house band, with special guests Tim Froncek, Paul Brewer and Bob Nixon. This is the first of eight scheduled jazz concerts taking place in the historic domed-ballroom of The Harris Building and this opening concert will pay tribute to The Jazz Crusaders.
Nixon (saxophone) is a retired music educator (GRPS, Aquinas College) and toured with The Henry Mancini Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He currently spends much of his time co-directing the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra. Local jazz titan, Froncek (drums/vibes), is co-director of GRJO, drummer in the Truth in Jazz Orchestra, Yamaha Drums clinician, and jazz faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Grand Valley State University. Brewer (trombone), Associate Professor of Music at Aquinas College, also directs the Aquinas Jazz Camp and co-directs the St Cecilia Music Center youth jazz program with his wife, Robin Connell. He (and Robin) were jazz faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp for two decades.
All the performers have extensive credits touring with shows, performing in clubs, festivals and concerts.
The next concert in the series will feature vocalist Mary Rademacher and bassist Paul Keller on January 13th.
Shows begin at 8 p.m. each week, doors at 7. Tickets are $10. A cash bar will be available.
Street parking is free after 6pm, and a structure is within walking distance. For more information, visit
COMPLETE SCHEDULE: (Robin Connell Trio as the house band each week)
Jan. 6 Tim Froncek, Bob Nixon, Paul Brewer
Jan. 13 Mary Rademacher, Paul Keller
Jan. 20 Rob Smith
Jan. 27 Rob Mulligan, Kathy Lamar
Feb. 3 Laurie Sears, Paul Brewer
Feb. 10 Earlie Bragg, Paul Brewer
Feb. 17 Diego Rivera
Feb. 24 James Sawyer

West Michigan Jazz Calendar

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John Shea at Republic, 8-11 pm


WMJS presents NEW VINTAGE JAZZ at New Vintage Place, at 889 Broadway NW
This week with Grupo Aye –
Cocktail reception 7-8 pm,
Concert 8-10 pm,
Members $10 at door, $15 non-members

Truth in Jazz Orchestra – Holiday Jazz at Watermark

920 Division, Muskegon, 7-9 pm   $5 Cover

Jazz Jam at The Grand, 22 Washington St., Grand Haven

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

John Shea at Big O Pizza with Warren Jones, 6-8 pm

Kathy Lamar at Bar Divani with Dutcher Snedeker & Mario Copeland

7-10 pm

Tony Reynolds & Wally Michaels at Salt & Pepper, Holland, 6-9:30 pm


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


Checkers Morton at Book Nook in Montague, 7 pm

Tony Reynolds & Wally Michaels at Sandy Point Beach House
6-9 pm


Mark Kahny at the Melting Pot, Celebration Village, 6-9 pm

Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at Porto Bello
Grand Haven, 7-11 pm

Kathy Lamar with Bob Van Stee at JW Marriott, 7-10 pm


John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm

Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at Porto Bello
Grand Haven, 7-11 pm


Randy Marsh’s Jazz Jam at Speak EZ, 7:30 – 10 pm

Kathy Lamar @ One Trick Pony

Vocalist Kathy Lamar sings a diverse blend of jazz, R&B, soul, and pop hits and delights audiences with her powerful voice and infectious laugh. Kathy Lamar grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and in 1980, she moved to Las Vegas to sing with her friend Tex Richardson. During her 30-year career in Las Vegas, she also sang backup and duos with such famous musicians as Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Lola Falana, and Robert Guillaume. Lamar’s beautiful voice has also been heard in other countries. Since the early 1990s, she’s performed for several months at a time in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore.

She’s now living in Grand Rapids where she performs with various local musicians. Lamar’s shows are like a blind date –– because you never know what you’re going to get. 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 keeps audiences coming back for more.


Catch Kathy Lamar this Saturday at One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom
136 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI
616-235-PONY (7669) Call for Reservations

8:00 p.m.

No Cover


Grand Caroling

Grand Caroling to Bring Holiday Cheer to Downtown Grand Rapids at DeVos Place

The sights, sounds, and sensations of the holiday season will be on display in front of the stunning Welsh Auditorium at DeVos Place this year. Grand Caroling will invite the public to come down to the bank of the Grand River to spread the holiday joy and cheer along with area choirs at open caroling sessions.

These sessions will take place on the steps outside of Welsh Auditorium at DeVos Place on the first three Fridays of December from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM. This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration or tickets will be required. Following the caroling session, stroll downtown visiting the restaurants and shops trimmed with holiday cheer! Get your joy on!

This Friday, Dec. 4, will feature the West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus. The next two Fridays showcase the Grand Rapids Sweet Adelines Chorus (Dec. 11) and the Girls Choral Academy with the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus (Dec. 18).

No tickets or registration is required. The events are free and open to the public. Details at


Holiday Market at UICA

Holiday Market at UICA

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

The art of gift-giving meets gifting art as Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts’ Holiday Artists Market returns to the Steelcase Town Hall, 901 44th St. SE, on Friday and Saturday, Dec 4-5.

The event moved from the UICA to Steelcase Town Hall last year to offer more space for the handcrafted goods for sale. More than 60 regional artists will showcase jewelry, home goods, toys, fine art, accessories and holiday cards.

Live music and local food and beverage vendors will be on hand. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free. More information is available at

27th Annual Holiday Artists' Market