Rachelle Ferrell began singing at age six, and developed a six octave range by adulthood. 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.
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.
Avery 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
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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
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
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
In the Tradition Jazz Ensemble 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 25, 2017 FREE SHOW
Hackley Public Library
316 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
Phone: (231) 722-8000
In The Tradition began in Detroit in the early 1990’s when 5 members of the Neal Henry Septet formed the Christopher James/Charles Hopkins Quintet. Over the years they became In the Tradition and found their calling. Through the works of In The Tradition they “seek to educate listeners around the world about the African story, and hook the culturally disenfranchised members of the ‘Diaspora’ back into their heritage, laying on them [the] ensemble’s refined expression of African-American classical music, in as authentic a presentation as they can muster.” (Matt Ward, Detroit Jazz Magazine, 10-16-13)
“This band’s métier is straight-ahead Jazz, unplugged and resplendent in all its acoustic simplicity and textural earthiness, and underpinned by rhythms inspired by all parts of the far-flung reaches of the African Diaspora”…Matt Ward, Detroit Jazz Magazine, 10-16-13.
Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.
DeVos Performance Hall is proud to present the biggest little orchestra around – Pink Martini featuring lead singer China Forbes.
Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.
Twenty years later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 22 languages at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums and fashion shows. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
Tickets available at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are subject to change.($85, $75, $65, $55)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 8:00 PM
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503