The 2019 Jazz in the Park Series!

The concerts will be held at  Millennium Park Meadows (1415 Maynard Avenue, Walker)

This huge urban park has modern amenities and  plenty of parking.  Its location will allow us to reach out to the residents of all the neighboring towns. And it will provide us with something we have missed since our days at the Zoo-- permanency in a beautiful setting, and greater opportunity for recognition in order to grow our membership!

We will be using the Grant Pavilion on the park’s east end. Clean, spacious restrooms are close by and handicap friendly. Bring a hat, sunglasses and perhaps an umbrella to fully enjoy the concert. Vendors will be close, but you can bring a picnic and an adult beverage of your choice.

More information can be found in the April/May issue of the WMJS’s newsletter, Jazz Notes.

This marks the 19th year that WMJS has produced jazz concerts that are a tradition on the summer events calendar and one of the most popular events. We are seeking sponsorship and donations to enable this tradition to continue. Business, corporation and individual sponsorship is needed!  Please consider a donation of any size. Thank you. 

For a brochure about becoming a Jazz in the Park Sponsor or Patron, CLICK HERE.

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

Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm

June 10 - East Kentwood High School Jazz Ensemble 1

June 17 - Scott Veenstra Band featuring Ramona Collins

June 24 - Bluemonk Jazz

July 1 - Kat Jones and Company

July 8 - Starry Night Octet

July 15 - Evidence Jazz Group Latin Project

July 22 - "Double Trouble" Mary Rademacher Reed, Francesca Amari w/ the Mark Kahny Group

July 29 - Gustavo Cortiñas

August 5 - Paul Keller and the Sundown Quintet

August 12 - Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra

The JUNE Concerts


East Kentwood High School Jazz Ensemble 1

The 2019 series kicks off June 10th with the East Kentwood Jazz Ensemble 1 led by Jim Ross. They have received numerous awards for their performances at both Western and Central Michigan Universities, Purdue University and have received Superior Division ratings at the Michigan School of Band and Orchestra Association’s State Jazz Festival since 1990! It will be a pleasure to listen to this great group of young jazz musicians keeping the music we love ALIVE!

June 17th -  We will welcome Scott Veenstra and Friends featuring vocalist Ramona Collins.  Scott is a solid drummer who has played around the west Michigan region with many local bands and groups in this region. Ramona as described by Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine has “a strong, satiny voice with a lot of blues and soul seasoning and a very hip sense of time.”

Bluemonk Jazz

June 24th - We will present Bluemonk led by vocalist Susan Booker Morris. The band members are Matt Moresi on piano, Carlos Melendez on guitar, Rob Smith on trumpet and saxes, and Paul B. Smith on drums. Susan’s group has been performing since 2009, specializing in the American Songbook, Bebop, Latin Jazz, and Jazz Funk. They are committed to both preserving and exploring jazz idioms.

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

Aquinas College
Summer Jazz Camp - 2019

Sunday, June 16 to Friday, June 21

Registration closes Friday, May 31, 2019

Questions? Call us at (616) 632-2413 or email us at at [email protected].

To register go to

Aquinas Jazz Camp Faculty Concert

Kretchmer Recital Hall at Aquinas College Art & Music Center

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7:30 pm

Not to be missed - FREE concert!!
Featuring Paul Brewer, trombone; Matt Brewer, bass;
Robin Connell, piano; Benje Daneman, trumpet;
Tim Froncek, drums, Mike Hyde, guitar;
Tom Lockwood, sax & flute

Bassist Matt Brewer and son of Dr. Paul Brewer, attended the inaugural class of The Juilliard Jazz Program. He has worked with artists such as Greg Osby, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lee Konitz, David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Antonio Sanchez, Vijay Iyer, Adam Rogers, Steve Coleman, Dave Binney, Aaron Parks, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and many others. A sideman on dozens of recordings, he recently recorded his third album, as leader, on the Criss Cross Jazz label. He is an adjunct faculty member at The New School, a member of The San Francisco Jazz Collective, and has been a frequent guest artist/teacher at the Banff Center.


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