FORD AFTER FIVE

FORD AFTER FIVE
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Jazz lovers unite, this Ford After Five is for you. Hear the beats of the John Shea Trio. There is no cover for this event. No reservations required.

 

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Jazz in the Park – July 2017

Jazz in the Park

Ah-Nab-Awen Park
220 Front Ave. NW 
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 

July 10 – Edwin IMER SANTIGO

Imer Santigo has spent years performing in Nashville, TenImer Santigon. A town not widely known as a jazz town and the history of jazz in Nashville has been largely hidden. But with the release of trumpeter Imer Santiago’s debut CD, Hidden Journey, the vibrancy of the Tennessee city’s current jazz scene comes into shining focus. Santiago steps out of the shadows as a trumpet stylist and composer to be reckoned with in the jazz world at large, and provides additional evidence of the exciting new jazz movement that’s emerging in the country music capital.

 

July 17 – KEVIN JONES BAND

Kevin Jones is a recently transplanted talent to Grand Rapids who relocated from the New York/New Jersey area. Kevin is a veteran of the Jazz and R&B scene who has numerous performance and recording credits. This exciting percussionist has worked with Whitney Houston (1986 to 1990), The Isley Brothers (1979 to 1992) among others. Band leader Kevin Jones will play congas and percussion. His band includes Steve Talaga (Musician of the Year 2008) on piano, Damon Warmack on bass, Rob Mulligan on drums and percussion, Tom Lockwood on  saxophones and flute and Michael Doyle on tenor and soprano saxophones.

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July 24 – JIM COOPER & ORGANIC VIBES

Organic Vibes features Jim Cooper on vibraphone, Jim Alfredson on Hammond Organ and Jeff Shoup on drums.  The inception of Organic Vibes started when Alfredson asked Cooper to record on his CD, Dirty Fingers, A Tribute to Big John Patton.  They later added Jeff Shoup on drums and have performed in concerts, clubs, and fundraisers all around Michigan including the Lansing Jazz Festival. Their includes the quirky, soulful and groovy music of jazz organist Big John Patton, music from Grant Green’s Blue Note recordings and original music from Cooper.  For more information on Jim Cooper and Organic Vibes, visit www.jimcooper.net

Jim Cooper

July 31- METRO JAZZ VOICES

Metro Jazz Voices has been called “Detroit’s answer to Manhattan Transfer,” and are, according to allmusic.com, “one of Michigan’s best and most ambitious Vocal ensembles.”  Having spent much of 2014-15 recording, “Wingin’ It,” MJV is poised to take the world of 4-part harmony singing by storm. The Voices are Meri Slaven (soprano/alto), Trish Shandor (soprano/alto), Carl Cafagna (tenor) and Jordan Schug (baritone); Cafagna also plays saxophone and flute, and Schug sometimes adds cello.  www.metrojazzvoices.com

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

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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

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 Society Presents Jazz Gumbo with Nick Ayoub and Family

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Nick Ayoub on the keys and vocals…Monday, March 20, 2017 promises to be a special night. Nick’s energy and stage presence is infectious. Mike Lutley, will be featured on his many instruments, Patrick Handin on bass and Chris Bookie laying down the groove on drums.

Admission includes Chef Laura’s choice of her famous gumbo, soup or chili, along with salad and roll.

$10 for members, $15 for non-members

Monday, March 20, 2017

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

The Guest House

634 Stocking Avenue NW
Grand Rapids MI 49504

Monday Night Jazz Gumbo Presented by the West Michigan Jazz Society

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Joey Alexander @ St. Cecilia 23 March 2017

Joey Alexander – March 23, 2017
7:30 pm
Royce Auditorium
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI
 
At twelve years of age jazz prodigy Joey Alexander has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, featured on the CBS Show “60 Minutes,” and has performed at the White House, Lincoln Center and at jazz festivals around the globe.
Born in Bali, Joey first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out by ear the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection.
 
His father, an amateur musician, nurtured Joey’s gift for swing and improvisation by introducing him to classic jazz recordings and taking him to jam sessions with seasoned musicians in Bali and Jakarta.
 
Learning by listening, Joey was playing jazz festivals by the age of eight. His early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis.
Concert tickets are $38 and $43 and can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224 or visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.scmc-online.org
Not to be missed…