Monday Night Jazz at the Old Goat

The Old GoatImportant Announcement! WMJS's Monday Night Jazz Gumbo Venue Change!

West Michigan Jazz Society is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Old Goat located at 2434 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 in Alger Heights.

WMJS will take over the Old Goat every third Monday beginning September 17th to provide members and guests stellar jazz ensembles paired with delicious gumbo, drink specials and other food specials created just for us!

The Old Goat offers plenty of free parking and the entire restaurant is reserved solely for WMJS Gumbo Series on the third Mondays.  Space is limited (200) and reservations are encouraged.  Cost for members is $5 and non-members $10.

Make your reservation purchases for Jazz Gumbo HERE!

Please note... The front entrance on Eastern Avenue will be closed. Guests must enter through the door by the parking lot where we will have the check-in table.

October 15

- A mix of two piano standards with the Proulx Brothers...This will be first time since 2011 that John and Dave have shared our stage. Backing the brothers will be the tight and solid rhythm duo of Fred Knapp on traps and Dave Rosin on upright bass.

More MNJ Events...

November 19 - Elgin Vines and Company

January 21 - Paul Brewer

February 18 - Edye Evans Hyde

March 18 - Jim Cooper

April 15 - Mary Rademacher-Reed, Rick Ruether with the Tom Hagen Quartet

Old Goat

Purchase Monday Night Jazz Gumbo Tickets Online with Credit Card or Paypal!

Depending on your membership status, use one of the forms below to purchase tickets for single events or the entire series. You will be able to enter the number of tickets desired after clicking the BUY NOW button. To become a member, click here!

Jazz Gumbos Event Dates - WMJS Members
Jazz Gumbos Event Dates - Non-Members of WMJS

Check out Bruce Robey’s 360 degree photo of Monday Night Jazz at the Old Goat


On behalf of the West Michigan Jazz Society I’d like to thank you for your support of Jazz in the Park this summer at Ah Nab Awen.

In 18 years of presenting free jazz concerts for the community, we’ve never experienced so many challenges. Even today as I write this, our last concert on 8/27, we’re not able to use the platform because of an ArtPrize piece.  Additionally, we’ve been plagued by hot and humid weather along with an unprecedented FOUR rainouts!  In the past the 18 years the most we’ve had were two.

As such the financial losses of our summer concert series have mounted.  Even when a show gets cancelled, we still have the cost of the park, the porta-potties, and sometimes a sum to the musicians and parking attendants.

None of us like to play meteorologist, but when our sound team has tens of thousands of dollars of equipment on the line we must not take foolish chances.  Twice this summer the chance of rain was over 50% and it stayed dry.  Most concert goers don’t realize we need it dry not just between 6:30-8:30 but also for set up and tear down time.

The West Michigan Jazz Society is still committed to providing these outdoor summer concerts in the future but we ask for your support.  Become a member, volunteer, sponsor, advertiser or donor today and help keep live jazz alive in our community.

Thank you!
Shannan Denison

President of the West Michigan Jazz Society

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Part of WMJS's mission statement is to provide music scholarships for deserving students in pursuit of jazz education.The 2018 Music scholarships are ready to receive requests! PLEASE help us get the word out and direct worthy candidates here!
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