Jazz at The Harris Building

Jazz at The Harris Building with James Sawyer

8-10 pm.

The final concert in the 8 week series.

$10 bucks at the door.  Bar Service Available

111 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, Michigan
(616) 272-3682

French vocalist Cyrille Aimée@ St. Cecilia Music Center

Grand Rapids will hear French vocalist Cyrille Aimée for a night of Gypsy Jazz.  Cyrille Aimée grew up immersed in gypsy jazz. A finalist in the French version of American Idol, and a winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival, today Aimée is known for her unique mix of gypsy jazz infused with the bossa-nova jazz with a French twist. The New York Times hails Aimée as having “a girlish voice that she controls with a sniper’s precision.” And JazzTimes says, “It is impossible to not be charmed by French moppet Cyrille Aimée and her infectious joie de vivre.”


MARCH 10, 2016  |  7:30 PM, ROYCE AUDITORIUM

Individual tickets: $38 & $43 (including fees)

St. Cecilia Music Center

24 Ransom NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616.459.2224

Jazz Around Town, Grand Rapids, MI

John Shea at Republic, 8-11pm
Jazz Jam at the Grand, 22 Washington, Grand Haven, 7:30 -10:30 pm
Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at Salt & Pepper, Holland, 6-9:30 pm
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Robin Connell Trio, Jazz at the Harris, 111 S. Division Ave, cash bar 8-10 pm, tickets at the door $10
Third Coast Ensemble at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, $5 cover, 7-9 pm
Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at Sandy Point Beach House, Holland, 7-10 pm
Jeff Haas Trio at West Bay Beach, Holiday Inn West Bay, Traverse City, with Laurie Sears, Jack Dryden & Randy Marsh, 7-9:30 pm, no cover
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Entourage at The Melting Pot, Beltline & Knapp, 6 – 9 pm
Randy Marsh & Marshland Express with Steve Talaga, Warren Jones, & Caleb Elzinga at Waldron Public House (formerly Mc Fadden’s), 6-8 pm
John Shea at Noto’s 7-10 pm
Entourage at Six One Six – Mixology at JW Marriott, 7-10 pm
GR Jazz Orchestra at Founder’s, 5:30 – 7: 30 pm
River Rogues at New Harmony Hall, Bridge St., 2-4 pm http://www.riverrogues.org
Randy Marsh Jazz Jam at Speak EZ, 7 – 10 pm,
Open Jam 8:30 – 1 0pm

Terry Lower Announced as the 2016 Jazz Musician of the Year by the West Michigan Jazz Society


Following an extensive nomination and voting process (involving WMJS members, former musician of the year winners and the WMJS board), Terry Lower was announced as the 2016 Musician of the year in early January.

Now in its 16th year, The Musician of the Year Award is a part of the West Michigan Jazz Society’s ongoing commitment to supporting and providing a platform for new and emerging talent. Since its first outing in 2000 the competition has established an enviable reputation for finding and recognizing outstanding musicians in West Michigan.


Pianist Terry Lower has been a fixture on the Michigan jazz scene for over 30 years. He is both a dazzling soloist and a superior accompanist.

When he was 19, Terry moved to Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music where he studied arranging and composition as well as performance. After a year and a half, he discontinued his classes and centered on his piano playing, studying privately with Ray Santisi. Returning to Michigan, Terry continued honing his piano skills while playing at Bobby’s, the only jazz club in Battle Creek. It was not long before he started getting calls to work at other venues throughout Detroit, Southern Michigan and beyond.

Terry has kept very busy as a greatly in-demand sideman as well as a featured soloist, working with many jazz greats who have come through the Michigan area. Among the many well-known artists who he has performed with are Benny Golson, Frank Morgan, David “Fathead Newman, Bobby Shew, Hendrik Meurkens and Kevin Mahogany. He also worked with the big bands of Jimmy Dorsey and Nelson Riddle, and has performed pops concerts with Eddie Daniels, Bernadette Peters, and Jennifer Holiday. Known for his ability to move effortlessly between jazz and classical music, Terry is renowned for his outstanding work as pianist in a variety of contexts.

As a leader, Terry Lower recorded with his septet for 2005’s Step By Step cd, playing piano and contributing original compositions and arrangements, showing his impressive development as a writer and arranger. In 2009, Terry recorded 4 Trios, Vol. 1 & 2 with four different bassists and drummers, some of the best musicians in Michigan. It is the finest recorded showcase of his piano playing so far, featuring his brilliant playing on standards and his originals.

In recent times, Terry has been performing at concerts, jazz clubs, festivals and recording sessions. He often plays with and arranges for his own trio and quintet. He has also been writing symphony arrangements for vocalist Edye Evans Hyde, who he has performed with for many years.

When asked to name some of his inspirations, Terry mentioned the piano playing of Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Monty Alexander, and the writings of Horace Silver and Benny Carter. “I love playing in piano jazz trios and I really like standards, straight ahead, swinging acoustic jazz. There are so many great jazz tunes and almost every song can be changed and played many different ways. I like to put my own twist and arrangements in the music and share the fun I have in playing this music with audiences.  I am both honored and humbled to be recognized as Musician of the year by both jazz lovers and my peers in the jazz world.”

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Terry will be honored at the Musician of the Year Awards Dinner on May 10, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. with special musical guests Edye Hyde- vocals ,  Mike Hyde-guitar, Tim Froncek-drums, Max Colley-trumpet and  Denis Shebukhov-bass.

Dave Chappelle at DeVos Performance Hall


Monday, February 29
8:00 PM

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

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, February 27 at 10:00 AM.

Tickets will also be available at Ticketmaster  outlets and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
A purchase limit of four (4) tickets will apply to each order.

Please note that this is a strict NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED show. Please leave your phones in your cars or at home. Anyone who brings a cell phone will be required to place it in a lockable pouch. Everyone is subject to a pat down. Anyone caught with a cell phone inside the venue will be immediately ejected.

Kathy Lamar Trio @ One Trick Pony

Kathy LamarLive- February 27, 2016

Kathy Lamar + Trio

8:00 p.m.

One Trick Pony

The incredible vocal style of Ms. Kathy LaMar leaves you captured, mesmerized and wanting more.

Originally from Grand Rapid, Michigan, Kathy has made her home in Las Vegas. With a soothing sound to calm your every mood and take your breath away, her music, her enthusiasm and her heart felt desire to entertain audiences from all over is evident in each and every performance.

Her style ranges from Billy Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Anita Baker, Tina Turner, Toni Braxton, Sade, Ella Fitzgerald and the list goes on and on. Her sultry Jazz, R&B and Blues sound, Kathy can please everyone in the crowd. There is always something for everyone!!

Kathy has worked through out the Las Vegas area in local hotel and casino lounges entertaining audiences on a nightly basis. She is well known throughout Las Vegas as one half of the duo “TEX & KATHY”, who performed around town and primarily at “Play it Again Sam’s” for over 5 years. Gathering a huge following locally.

Kathy has had the opportunity to record some original material and travel the world sharing her God given gift with everyone!

All One Trick Pony shows run from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.

Reservations are accepted. (NO COVER)

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One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom

136 E. Fulton

Grand Rapids, MI/

616-235-PONY (7669)