West Michigan Jazz Society presents

 January 2018 at the Knickerbocker in
New Holland Brewing, 417 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids

The purpose of the Progressions Jazz Series is to educate and entertain the discriminating music listener on the many different genres of jazz. The loft in the Knickerbocker will become a Chicago style listening room for an incredible 90 minute set beginning at 7:00 PM on the 4th Tuesday of the month beginning January 23rd, 2018.

Cost for members is $5, non-members $10

Early Bird Discount! Buy your series package before Dec. 31st and SAVE!

Single Series Member Ticket:  $20 before Dec 31st, $25 after; non-member: $40 before $50 after

Couple Series Member Ticket:  $40 before Dec 31st, $50 after; non-member: $80 before $100 after

Members and personal Patrons, please consider a personal donation to help us keep jazz alive and well!


$1000 Benefactor

$500 Patron

$100 Friend

A gift of any amount will be recognized in our Progressions Jazz Series Program.  West Michigan Jazz Society is a 501c3 non-profit organization and your contributions may be deductible as provided by the IRS code. 

Donations can be made by using the Paypal Donate button below with your Paypal account or credit card
or by mailing a check to:
West Michigan Jazz Society, PO Box 150307, Grand Rapids, MI 49515

When using the Donate button, be sure to  indicate the personal Progressions Series member level (see above) near the top of the Paypal screen where you enter your personal information.

The first band for the Progressions Series will be the Steve Hilger Jazz Quintet. Steve's firm, Hilger Hammond Attorneys at Law will sponsor this event.

Steve Hilger Jazz Quintet

Monday Night Jazz at the Knickerbocker

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.

Click on the parking map for a larger view!

Walt Gutowski


January 15th, Monday Night Jazz Gumbo presents Walt Gutowski and the Bridge Street Band.

This group is a collective of some of the finest musicians in West Michigan, the synergy is quite remarkable.  The group strives for audience involvement by playing crowd-pleasers from straight ahead to smooth jazz, R&B and maybe even a little Motown. Band members include Walt Gutowski (guitar/vocals), Steve Talaga (keys), John Gist (sax), Charlie Hoats (bass) and Mark Weymouth (drums.) Walt will have several female vocalists joining him on stage.


On stage and (maybe) strolling through the room, February 19’s Monday Night Jazz will be a special Mardi Gras celebration with Carl Cafagna and the Creole Kitchen. Playing the traditional sounds of New Orleans’s Jazz it promises to be a night that may transport us to the warmer southern climates of Louisiana. Joining Carl will be Matt Collar, Terry Kimura, Jay Mitzer, Shannon Wade and Van Hunsburger.


March 19th the Fred Knapp Trio featuring Dave Proulx on piano & vocals will provide our evening’s entertainment. The other members are the rock steady band leader Fred Knapp on drums, and the solid bass man, Dave Rosin. This trio is reminiscent of the great trios of the past like the Oscar Peterson Trio, Bill Evans Trio, and Ahmad Jamal Trio; along with the fresh sounds of trios of today like the Brad Mehldau trio, and the Benny Green Trio. 



April 16th we will welcome the JMM Jazz band who will occupy take our stage for the first time. Out front will be two vocalists for our listening pleasure, Diana VandeWater and band creator/leader/vocalist Diego. JMM Jazz brings a new level of entertainment to classic Jazz Standards. They take the Great American Songbook and turn it into a nightclub experience reminiscent of the nights when Sinatra and The Rat Pack would take over Vegas! 


Click here for a scholarship app!

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!
Other Jazz Happenings

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