A Night of Jazz featuring Rachelle Ferrell, Bob Baldwin and Avery Sunshine

Rachelle Ferrell began singing at age six, and developed a six octave range by adultImage result for Rachelle Ferrellhood. Her range also includes the ability to sing in the whistle register. Ferrell’s highest notes in “It Only Took A Minute” (1992) have been described as “Minnie Riperton-like wailing.” She received classical training in violin and the piano at an early age and was performing professionally on both instruments and as a vocalist as a teenager. After enrolling in the Berklee College of Music, and graduating a year later, having learned arrangement and developing her abilities in singing and songwriting, she secured a position teaching music for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts alongside Dizzy Gillespie.
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Bob Baldwin is one of the most universal and ingenious chameleons of contemporary jazz. Baldwin is a jazz artist, composer, keyboardist, producer, arranger, radio host and author. Influenced by Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen, Chick Corea, Earth Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis, Stevie Wonder and more Baldwin has released twenty albums across his career. One of his finest projects ever was MelloWonder: Songs in the Key of Stevie – an unprecedented one from the heart albums that took over two years to compose.
Image result for Avery SunshineAvery Sunshine is a mercurial singer and composer who merges the sounds of soul, gospel, jazz and R&B in a signature mix. Sunshine is known for her thunderous, gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content. A Philly native playing feel-good tunes featuring a portfolio with accolades including a turn as choral director for Dream Girls and sharing a stage with Kem, Eric Benet, Rachelle Ferrell and the legendary B.B. King among others. Sunshine’s videos “All in My Head,” and “Ugly” landed heavy rotation on Music Choice, VH1 Soul and Centric and her single “Ugly Part of Me” graved the Top 15 on the Urban Adult Chart via Media Base.
Tickets available online at Ticketmaster.com, at the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place box offices or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 8:00 PM
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DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Karuna: Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph


Sunday, April 23, percussionist Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake come together for their first tour as Karuna.

For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, seewww.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820.

Karuna: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet
Adam Rudolph (handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion)
Hamid Drake (drum kit, vocal, frame drums, udu drums, tabla, percussion)

The Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph duet traces it beginning to a chance encounter between two 14-year-old aspiring percussionists in a downtown Chicago drum shop. Their shared love for rhythms and music of the world and music’s’ relationship to matters of the spirit led to years of shared creative journeys.

In the mid-1970s they performed and recorded with AACM co-founder Fred Anderson, and in 1977 they joined Foday Musa Suso in founding Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. By 1978 they were touring Europe with the Don Cherry and since that time have performed together in projects with Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, Hu: Vibrational and Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. Their shared Chicago roots and longtime global music research and performing experience have allowed them to forge a uniquely shared musical understanding and creative outlook.

After over 40 years of music making together, this will be their first tour as a duet. Featuring their unique and evolved rhythm languages, in concert they aspire to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue. As Drake reflected upon their influence upon each other, “I have been developing a hand drum concept on the drum set while Adam says he is developing a drum set concept on his hand drums. We understand one another”

The name Karuna reflects Drake and Rudolph’s ongoing research and dialogues into the connection of the inner life to musical expression. Karuna speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion.

WMJS Presents Monday Night Jazz in the Park

Jazz in the Park

The West Michigan Jazz Society Presents their 17th season of free Monday night  Jazz concerts in the park!

2017 Concert Schedule

June 12 – Northview High School Jazz Band
June 19 – The Mark Kahny Group
June 26 – Noel Webley & His Jazz Friend
July 3 – The Lakeshore Big Band
July 10 – Imer Santiago
July 17- Kevin Jones
July 24 – Jim Cooper & Organic Vibes
July 31 – Metro Jazz Voices
August 7 – Mary Rademacher Reed
August 14 – Musician of the Year, Robin Connell

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Ah-Nab-Awen Park
220 Front Ave. NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
6:30-8:30 pm

More details at West Michigan Jazz Society

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Website: http://www.wmichjazz.org/index.html


West Michigan Jazz Calendar

Monday, December 12
John Shea at Rockwell Republic, 8-11 pm
Open Mic Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm

Tuesday, December 13
Take Three Jazz Ensemble, at the Grand, 22 Washington St. Grand Haven, 7-10 pm

Wednesday, December 14
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30- 9:30 pm
Robin Connell & Paul Brewer at H.O.M.E. in the B.O.B., J & K Tribute, 7-10pm
Tavern House Jazz Band at Tavern & Tap, 101 S. Washington Sq. Lansing, 7:30–10:30 pm
Jazz Mix Night at Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, 8-11 pm

Thursday, December 15
Checkers Morton at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm, $5 cover
Wally Michaels at Noto’s with Tony Reynolds, 7-11 pm

Friday, December 16
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Robin Connell Trio at The Garden Court in the Amway Grand Hotel, 7-11pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm

Saturday, December 17
Kathy Lamar at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at Portobello, Grand Haven, 7-10 pm

Sunday, December 18
River Rogues at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge NW, 2-4 pm
River North Jazz Brunch at the Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 11am-2pm
Randy Marsh at SpeakEZ, with friends 7-10 pm, Open Jam 8:30–10 pm



Sunday Oct 23rd, 2016

3 pm

Celestial Weather: Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg

The Adventure Music Series returns to the LaFontsee Galleries  “Celestial Weather,” the duo of Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg, trumpet and double bass. Tickets are $20 in advance, $10 for students with a student I.D. and $25 at the door. Advance tickets available only fromwww.adventuremusic.org.

Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg

For 38 years, bassist John Lindberg has performed with Smith, in Smith’s Pulitzer Prize nominated “Ten Freedom Summers” suite, with his Golden Quartet, and in duet, producing a deep knowledge and understanding of each other’s artistic voices, sharing a dedication to creating vital musical structures and systems that provide compelling starting points for spontaneous development and improvisational journeys.
Together they released “Celestial Weather” on TUM Records in 2015, an album of vigor and daring, imagining, with inventive scores and stunning improvisations, the weather of the cosmos. The album also celebrates the great bassist from the Art Ensemble of Chicago with a suite called “Malachi Favors Maghostut – A Monarch of Creative Music,” and includes John Lindberg’s two part composition “Feathers and Earth.”

LaFontsee Gallery

833 Lake Drive SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Jazz in the Park- August 1, 2016

August 1 – Mary Rademacher Reed

Mary is a long time local favorite. She always pleases the audience with her singing and dancing, but her many talents also include acting and choreography. She works with many school play groups and with Civic Theater where she is working on “Cats” this season. Mary is an important part of the nationally touring performance group, the Boogie Woogie Babies. Mary was voted Jazz Musician of the year 2006.


6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Food Trucks on Premise!

West Michigan Weekly Jazz Round Up


MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ at the Guest House,
The Sunny Wilkinson Quartet
With Ron Newman, Piano, Ed Fedewa, Bass, & Larry Ochiltree, Drummer
$10 Members, $15 non-members, includes meal. 6:30 – 8:30 pm

John Shea at Republic, 8-11pm

Open Mic-Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm

Truth In Jazz Orchestra at 920 Watermark, Muskegon, Door’s Open 6 PM, Cover $5, students with ID $2, cash bar, fresh sandwiches, 7:30-9:30 PM

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

Jazz Benefit Concert for Blue Lake Public Radio at The Waldron Public House Restaurant, 58 Ionia Ave SW Grand Rapids 49503. The Beer City Saxophone Ensemble along with Robin Connell, Joe Oprea and Tim Froncek. Advance Tickets: $10/$15 couples, At The Door: $12/$20 couples. Tickets available atbluelake.everbrite.com or at (800)889-9258. For more information call Gary McCourry 845-913-5058, 6:00 pm

Jack DeJohnette at St. Cecelia Music Center with Ravi Coltrane & Matthew Garrison; Tickets http://www.scmc-online.org or
616-459-2224, 7:30 pm

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

Checkers Morton at the Book Nook in Montague, 7-9 pm, $5 cover

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

Robin Connell with Mary Rademacher Reed at Mangiamo!,
7-10 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 Garden Court Lounge at Amway Grand, 7-11 pm

Robin Connell at Jazz at the Sanctuary, Fountain St. Church, with John Shea and Warren Jones, $10 cover, Students $5,
3-4:00 pm

Dave Schock, Jeff Beavan & Bill Huyge at New Harmony Hall, 401 Bridge St., 2-4 pm

Randy Marsh Jazz Jam at Speak EZ, 7 – 10 pm, Open Jam
8:30 – 10pm