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Monday Night Jazz at the Old Goat

The Old GoatWMJS's Monday Night Jazz Gumbo!

Every Third Monday from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
The Old Goat

2434 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

West Michigan Jazz Society is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Old Goat 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 online reservations for Monday Night Jazz Gumbos HERE!

Please note #1: All reservations for the November 19 event must be completed by Thursday, November 15 at noon when reservations for this event will be closed. Reservations may also be closed before that day and time if the event is sold out earlier. That will be announced in this space as needed.

Please note #2: 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.

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. Reservations for the October 15 event are SOLD OUT.

To become a member, click here!

Jazz Gumbos Event Dates - WMJS Members
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Jazz Gumbos Event Dates - Non-Members of WMJS
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October 15 – Proulx Brothers, Fred Knapp, and Dave Rosin

This will be the first time since 2011 that brothers John and Dave Proulx will be together on the WMJS stage. They will present a program with a mix of two pianos performing standards. Backing them will be the tight and solid rhythm duo of Fred Knapp on traps and Dave Rosin on bass.

Multi-talented vocalist, pianist Dave Proulx also serves as pastor at the Battle Creek Community Church. Dave has a degree in piano performance and jazz studies and a master’s degree in theology from the Dallas Theological Seminary. Dave can be found performing throughout the West Michigan area. He plays with jazz trios (especially with the Fred Knapp Trio where he has quite a history) as well as other bands and as a solo performer.

John Proulx is a jazz pianist and vocalist, a recording artist and Grammy Award- winning composer. His singing style has elicited comparisons with a young Chet Baker and his piano playing is hot and swinging. Feathers in his cap include co-writing and singing the song “Stained Glass” with Melissa Manchester and performing with jazz greats including Anita O’Day, Natalie Cole and Nancy Wilson, Al Jarreau and Marian McPartland.

Drummer Fred Knapp is busy performing in the Mid-West with his trio and working as a freelance musician. He is also a pianist, composer, and educator, but has a special touch on the drum set, possessing the ability to adapt to any playing situation. He also has a thriving teaching studio where he teaches piano and drum set. The Fred Knapp Trio has recently released its seventh CD, “Song for Jaden”.

Dave Rosin plays upright bass and is an active music educator. He holds MA in Music Education from Michigan State University. He has taught both middle and high school orchestras. David works across Michigan as a guest clinician and judge for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA). David has also served as conductor for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers Association Camp.

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

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

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 2018 Music scholarships are ready to receive requests! PLEASE help us get the word out and direct worthy candidates here!

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