September 16, 2019 Monday Night Jazz Gumbo resumes!

Concerts will again be held at the Casino Club, 3260 Salerno Drive NE, just off the Plainfield exit on I 96. No need for reservations, parking is free, and there is open seating. The Jennifer Idema Family will again be preparing the food choices, gumbo or soup served with salad and bread, or hot dogs and chips. The meal will be cafeteria style and included in the cost of your ticket. The Casino Club bartenders will offer concert attendees the Casino Club’s membership drink prices!

Cost is $15.00 for WMJS members, $20.00 for non-members and $10.00 for students with ID. (If you choose not to get a food ticket, the price will be $5.00 less) Doors open at 6, concert times will be 6:30-8:30 p.m.

September 16, 2019 Monday Night Jazz Gumbo resumes!

On September 16, vocalists Patty Gayle and local favorite, Mary Rademacher Reed team up to make this first concert of the Monday Night Jazz Gumbo series extra special.  These crowd-pleasing performers will be backed up by The Mark Kahny Group.  Mary and Patty share many similarities in their backgrounds beginning with both being lifelong Grand Rapids residents and both have traveled overseas performing with the USO.  This dynamic duo has each been involved in numerous local musical productions, although none together, making this concert a unique opportunity for collaboration of these two highly talented ladies.  The group is headed by musical director, pianist and vocalist, Mark Kahny, a very much in-demand accompanist.  Mark Weymouth, one of the busiest and most sought-after drummers in West Michigan and John Gist, master of soprano, alto and tenor saxophone will be adding their talents to this quartet.

Come!  Enjoy!  Bring your friends and please help us spread the word about our Fall/Winter music series!

Bruce Robey’s 360 Degree Photo of the GR Jazz Orchestra Jazz in the Park Concert

Thank you for your patience as we have updated our membership process this year!

Because our new process for annual memberships began in January, you may receive a mailing that went out to our entire member base to encourage becoming current for 2019. This letter will have the prorated amount to complete your membership for this year.

Payment can be made by mailing in a check or by clicking here or on the link below to pay through PayPal. We will get your new membership card sent out right away after payment. If you received our mailing in error, please just disregard. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you to Noto's Old World Italian Dining for providing a benefit for our members! Present your new membership card when ordering an entree' and receive a free appetizer!

West Michigan Jazz Society   PO Box 150307 Grand Rapids, MI   49515



WMJS Board Meeting Minutes Now Available Online

The minutes of the WMJS Board Meeting from this past August are now available on this site under the "More" tab above or HERE. Minutes will be added and archived in the months ahead on this page.

We Have Money to Give Away!

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 2019 Music scholarships are ready to receive requests! PLEASE help us get the word out and direct worthy candidates here!

Other Jazz Happenings

Tim Scully’s World Class Jazz Tour
June 18 - September 1, 2019

All shows are FREE but listener and community supported - rain/wind or shine.

Tuesdays - Manistee - Douglas Park First St Beach "Manistee Shoreline Showcase"
Wind/Rain site @Armory Youth Project First St, just E of beach. 7-9:15pm
Wednesdays - Ludington- LACA Summer Concert Series”
(Locations TBA info: [email protected] or (616-437-0101) 7-9:15pm
Thursdays - Cadillac, “UpBeat Cadillac", Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion, 7-9:15pm
Fridays - Reed City -"Crossroads Picnic Showcase." Rambadt Park, Park St 1/8-mile E of 131 & US 10, 7-9:15pm
Saturdays - Baldwin - "Sounds from the Forest" Wenger Pavilion, 3 blks south of M37 and US 10, 7-9:15pm
Sundays - Pentwater - "We’ve Got the Sunday Blues" and "All That Jazz," Gull Landing, 7-11pm, 231-723-7500 for info

Tuesday - Sunday Tour Bands

June 18 - Paul Nelson Band
June 25 - Robin Connell/Paul Brewer Quartet
July 2 - Organissimo (Jim Alfredson, Randy Marsh, Larry Barris)
July 9 - “Double Trouble”, Mary Rademacher Reed and Francesca Amari (w/Mark Kahny, Tim Johnson)
July 16- Carla Cooke, “The Sam Cooke Experience”
July 23 - Planet D Nonet
July 30 - Phil DeGreg Quartet with Petra vanNuis (w/Andy Brown, Paul Keller, Bob Rummage)
August 6 - Tell Yo Mama
August 13 - James Armstrong
August 20 - Cheryl Hodge Group (w/Roby Edwards, Toby Grey)
August 27 - The General Assembly Big Band (w/ John Peterson, Ginny Dusseau)

AND more Jazz on Wednesdays in Baldwin at Wenger Pavilion, 7-9:15

July 3 - Chris Bickley Quartet
July 24 - The Soul Message Band (Chris Foreman, Greg Rockingham, Chris Bickley)
July 31 - Sunset Blues
August 7 - Greg Nagy
August 14 - Robert Pace “Nature’s Brew”
August 21 - Jenna Mammina