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 - Patty Gayle and Mary Rademacher Reed!

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!

Plan to arrive early to secure a seat; however, to allow our musicians proper set up and sound check time, we ask that you arrive no earlier than 5:45pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.


October 21 - Beer City Saxes to Perform!

This swinging ensemble draws its members from the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra. Audiences have enjoyed the Beer City Saxes around west Michigan at such events as the Lansing Jazz Festival, Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, Hastings Thornapple Jazz Festival,  and the West Michigan Jazz Society's Progressions Jazz Series.  The have also performed at Watermark 920, Harmony Hall, The BOB, and for such events as Habitat for Humanity benefit concerts. Regular rotating members include saxophonists Gary McCourry, James Hayward, Tom Lockwood, Tom Stansell, Greg Marsden, Mike Lutley and Bob Nixon. The group will be joined on this performance by pianist Steve Talaga, drummer Eddie Eicher and bassist Dave Collee.

The Beer City Saxes specialize in Four Brothers and Supersax style arrangements, featuring compositions by such jazz legends as Benny Carter and Charlie Parker. The Four Brothers style is based on the Woody Herman saxophone section instrumentation of 3 tenor saxes and a baritone sax. Supersax instrumentation is 2 altos, 2 tenors, and a baritone sax. This style places emphasis on tight harmonies and often includes arrangements of classic solos, especially those of Charlie Parker. They also perform originals and a wide variety of timeless standards such as “Save Your Love for Me”, “Caravan”, “Over the Rainbow”, and “It Could Happen to You”. Various audio samples of the Beer City Saxes can be heard on Youtube.


Click Above for Video!

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

LaFontsee Gallery's "Underground Music Series"

Guitarist Joshua Breakstone kicks off their sixth season with a hard bop Jazz Fan's delight.  Presented by at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids. Sunday, October 27th at 3 p.m.

Celebrate Art Blakey’s Centennial in style with New York guitarist Joshua Breakstone, bassist Marion Hayden and drummer Sean Dobbins in a program of compositions associated with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets see For directions to the venue (616) 451-9820. LaFontsee Galleries are wheelchair accessible, thanks to G.R. Therapy Group (Experience a Difference) at

The series consists of four matinee concerts held on the last Sundays of October, February, March and April at 3 p.m.