WMJS's Monday Night Series began in September and will continue on each the 3rd Monday each month through April, 2018, with the exception of December when we will have our annual Holiday Party on December 11th at Noto's Old World Dining.
We are excited to present this year's concert series in the Knickerbocker at the New Holland Brewing, 412 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids. You will be able to order dinner and drinks from the restaurant menu. The kitchen will be cooking up a special for the evening as well.
The concert times are 6:30-8:30pm and admission is only $5 for members & $10 for non members. (Join today!)
Check the map at the right for parking information. Two lots will be available for free parking for our members. One lot is located behind the Knickerbocker and the other across the street at Swift Printing. Show the attendant your 2017/18 parking pass.
Street parking will also be available after 5.
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SEPTEMBER 18th opened the series
with Susan Morris and Blue Monk
Chicago-based duo husband and wife Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown,
along with Michigan natives Paul Keller and Pete Siers.
NOVEMBER 20th will bring Patty Gayle & Co.
The first time Patty performed for us, it was a sell out; she really packs the house! Patty Gayle is a lifelong Grand Rapids resident as well as a graduate of Interlochen Performing Arts Academy and a Graduate and theater major at the University of Miami. Patty has traveled overseas performing with the USO, has performed in numerous local musical theater productions, and is a two time Grand Award nominee from the Grand Rapids Theatre Guild.
Some fine Grand Rapids musicians will be backing her vocal talent. Robert "Bobby T" Thompson will be on drums. Bobby is a local favorite who has performed around west Michigan for decades with a variety of bands in many diverse venues.
Bob Van Stee will be on piano. Bob is a well-respected pianist who has accompanied many a vocalist and is a founding member of the group, Checkers Morton. Bob lives in Lowell and can be heard playing solo at the Flat River Grill on Wednesdays.
Mike Lutley on sax/flute will add the color to the music. Mike is a much sought after player who is a member of the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, the Tom Hagen group and countless other bands in Grand Rapids. He was WMJS's Musician of the Year in 2015.
A relative newcomer to the jazz scene is Lew Russ, on guitar. Lew lives in Hasting and has played the music scene for a long time in Western Michigan mostly near the shore line. Come give him a Grand Rapids welcome to Jazz!
Patty performs her own unique style of Jazz, Blues, and American Standards with a touch of soulful light rock and country that will make your evening a night to remember.
WE HAVE MONEY TO GIVE AWAY!
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Part of WMJS's mission statement is to provide music scholarships for deserving students in pursuit of jazz education.The 2017 Music scholarships are ready to receive requests! PLEASE help us get the word out and direct worthy candidates here!
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