Another Great Year Lining Up For Jazz in the Park!

Millennium Park Meadows
1415 Maynard Ave. S.W., Walker, MI. 49534


Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm

June 6–August 9 With Rain Dates Aug 22, 29

Jazz in the Park 2022

Summer Schedule

June 6 – Mary Rademacher Group Sponsored by BEACON HILL - Rescheduled to August 22nd due to weather.

June 13 – West Ottawa High School Jazz I

June 20 – Xavier Davis

June 27 -- John Gist

Break for July 4 Holiday either between dates 3-4 or 4-5.

July 11 - Clifton Metcalf Trio/Quartet  Sponsored by BRITT LAW

July 18 - Sarah Whitaker Group

July 25 - Truth in Jazz Orchestra

August 1 - Kevin Brewster Group

August 8 - Doug Horn

August 15 - GRJO with Edye Evans Hyde

August 22 – Mary Rademacher Group Sponsored by BEACON HILL

We are looking for people to sponsor our Jazz in the Park. The 10 weeks of concerts are fully funded by membership, donations and sponsorships we receive. There are many costs to having 10 bands to perform, the expert sound engineering, marketing, programs, tents, and other costs. We need the sponsorships to continue putting on these events which are free to the community. Any assistance you or your organization can give is truly appreciated not only by our non-profit organization, but also by the attendees of our events.


There will be many opportunities for people to volunteer for the Jazz in the Park with it being 10 weeks of
events. We need people to help park, work at the table with board members, walk around with the bucket brigade for donations, tear down, etc. If you or anyone you know would like to help, please reach out to us and let us know.

Upcoming raffle for current, renewing, and new WMJS members at Jazz in the Park!

At our next four concerts WMJS will have a raffle at the WMJS membership table for the chance to win 1 of 4 pairs of tickets EACH WEEK to see Arturo Sandoval with the Grand Rapids Symphony at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater! You heard that right, WMJS will be raffling off 32 tickets total valued at $55 each at our concerts June 27, July 11, July 18, and July 25! YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY, THANKS TO THE FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & THE GRAND RAPIDS SYMPHONY!

We have additional information below about the concert, as well as a ticket link if you want to purchase tickets. If you cannot make it out to our concerts, we will also be holding a social media contest to win an additional 1 of 9 pairs of tickets, no membership necessary!

Contest Conditions: Must be a current active, renewing, or new WMJS member to be eligble to win. Lapsed memberships are not eligble. Only one pair of tickets per membership. No active board members of WMJS or their immediate families are eligble to win. Tickets may be picked up at the concerts or winner will be contacted about alternative delivery. Winner does not need to be present to win, but must be present to enter the contest.

The West Michigan Jazz Society has been producing FREE jazz concerts that are a tradition on the summer events calendar and one of the most popular events in the city. There will also be local food trucks at each event!

HCJO ANNOUNCES 21-22 CONCERT SEASON

The Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra, a professional jazz band based on the west Michigan lakeshore, is pleased to announce that live concerts have returned for 2021-2022. The band will be performing several concerts this season after enjoying a triumphant return to the stage with the Holland Symphony Orchestra at their Pops at the Pier concert in July.

For the 21-22 concert season, the band will feature several guest conductors after the departure of founding Music Director Dr. Jordan VanHemert. Four major concerts are planned, in addition to several smaller concerts using varied instrumentation and personnel. Mr. Mark Wells, Band Director in the East Grand Rapids public school district, will open the season with the band on Sunday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Holland. Admission price will be $10.  You can find out much more about Mark by checking out his website: markdwells.com.

Also joining the band for the September performance will be Stafford Hunter on trombone. The band most recently recorded an all-new album with saxophone artist Derek Brown, and “All Figured Out” is receiving rave reviews. Recorded in February of 2020, right before the Covid pandemic, the album features Derek Brown as soloist on tenor saxophone, as well as many members of the HCJO and the Hope College music department.

The Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra is made up of professional musicians from the lakeshore and surrounding areas. Members of the band have performed with many outstanding bands and musicians, and have enjoyed careers spanning many decades of performing and teaching. Lakeshore audiences are sure to recognize local teachers and performers in the band. More information on the band can be found at www.hollandcjo.org.

 

 

Annual WMJS Membership

 

 

Annual membership renewals are due on January 1st, 2022.

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 annual 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.

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

616-490-9506

 

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES AROUND WEST MICHIGAN

Don't miss our Wednesday evening "Speaking of Jazz"

... live-stream series! These will now be broadcast to the WMJS Facebook page, the WMJS members only Facebook group, and our brand new YouTube channel (Be sure to subscribe to the Youtube channel!).

Join John Shea on Facebook - 7:00 - 9:30 PM

  • Every Wednesday with Rob Hartman
  • Every Friday with Fred Knapp and Denis Shebukhov

Blue Lake Public Radio

features Jazz From Blue Lake every Monday through Friday starting at 10 p.m. and the 5 hour broadcasts are also available the following day on demand by clicking the Jazz From Blue Lake links at www.bluelake.org/ondemand.

Tune in to Mike and Edye Hyde

on their Facebook page EVERY SUNDAY at 7:00 PM.

2020 and 2021’s increase in anti-Asian racism has hit hard with PARMA artist Jordan VanHemert. While anti-Asian racism in the United States is not new, the recent escalation of hate-related instances must be stopped. The nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate reports that there were roughly 3,800 reported Asian-American hate incidents this past year during the pandemic, and then on March 16, a racially-motivated massacre occurred in which six of the eight victims were Asian women. This concert is presented as a means to raise awareness and make concrete changes through music.

All of VanHemert’s proceeds will be donated to the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. To donate visit: https://www.facebook.com/donate/143497054358492/

Make a difference this holiday. Shop for gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/38-2748335 to generate donations for West Michigan Jazz Society and check out our AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate items we need most.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the West Michigan Jazz Society is to advance, uphold, and sustain live jazz in West Michigan through promotion, performance and education.


Part of WMJS's mission statement is to provide music scholarships for deserving students in pursuit of jazz education.The 2021 Music scholarships are ready to receive requests! PLEASE help us get the word out and direct worthy candidates here!

If you prefer to print and mail an application, please click here!

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.


Click above for more info!