Monday Night Gumbos

Jazz Gumbos are Back!

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 (Coney Girl) 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 20
Lauren Elliott Quartet

Currently studying at Western Michigan University, Lauren Elliott is a baritone saxophonist/composer emerging from the West Michigan area. Joining her to comprise this collaborative quartet are fellow WMU peers. Aris Chalin (piano), Ann Arbor, MI, brings a vast variety of influences into his own playing to enhance every note. Drummer, Joe Miller, is an all-star from Kalamazoo, MI, constantly displaying his natural intuition on the instrument at a young age. Owen Cramer, Kalamazoo, is already an astounding musician entering his sophomore year. The quartet will be performing am array of Lauren’s original music, traditional tunes with personal arrangements, and to honor him on his birthday, the music of the legendary John Coltrane.

October 18
Ivan Akansiima

Ivan Akansiima is a multi-instrumentalist, a Christian by faith, worship leader, Jazz musician, composer, arranger, producer, instructor, and researcher from Uganda East Africa. He holds a BA in music from Hope College and a Masters in jazz studies from Western Michigan University. His music is rooted in Ugandan folk music traditions, Jazz, Gospel, classical, Caribbean, Afro fusion music etc. He has performed professionally for over 15 years in 40 countries, including a national tour across the USA and Canada. Ivan will be featuring the music of Art Blakey tonight with a quartet.

November 15
Kathy Lamar Quartet

Vocalist Kathy Lamar says her shows are like a blind date –– because you never know what you’re going to get. She sings a diverse blend of jazz, R&B, soul, and pop hits pulled from many decades. One minute, you might hear a Sting or Bob Marley tune, and the next, an Ella Fitzgerald or Billy Holiday song. Her powerful voice and infectious laugh keeps audiences coming back for more.

Art Prize Jam Sessions
Join WMJS for an open performance and jazz jam session to celebrate ArtPrize!
Anyone is welcome to bring an instrument to sit in (drums and keyboard will be available).
The event will be hosted at GRCCT from 2-5pm each Sunday throughout the ArtPrize Festival.
Sep 19th- Lisa Sung Trio
Sep 26th - Nathan Borton Trio
Oct 3rd - Robin Connell Trio
WMJS Musician of the Year Celebration

Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra - September 13 - 7 PM!

The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra will perform a fundraising event called “Jazz on the Friesian Farm” Monday, September 13th at 7 p.m. The Friesian Farm is located at 10388 Kalamazoo Avenue in Caledonia. It is being held to support the Kent County NO MORE SIDELINES, a non-profit organization committed to helping children and young adults with special needs in the community.

Come out, bring a chair and enjoy big band music performed by Grand Rapids’ own premier professional big band. We hope that you can come and take park in this special evening with a great cause. For more information about NoMoreSidelines go to http://www.nomoresidelines.org/. You can also find more about the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra at http://www.grjo.com.

 

 

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 - May 19-21

Wednesday: Live Streaming Show w/Rob and Keith Hall on FB @ 7:00-9:30 pm.

Friday: Live Streaming Show w/Denis and Fred on FB @ 7:00-9:30 pm.

Every Friday on Facebook - 7:00 - 9:30 PM

With Fred Knapp and Denis Shebukhov and EVERY Wednesday with Rob Hartman.

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!


Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra - September 13 - 7 PM!

The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra will perform a fundraising event called “Jazz on the Friesian Farm” Monday, September 13th at 7 p.m. The Friesian Farm, is located at 10388 Kalamazoo Ave, in Caledonia. It is being held to support the Kent County NO MORE SIDELINES, a non-profit organization committed to helping children and young adults with special needs in the community.

Come out, bring a chair and enjoy big band music performed by Grand Rapids’ own premier professional big band. We hope that you can come and take park in this special evening with a great cause. For more information about NoMoreSidelines go to http://www.nomoresidelines.org/. You can also find more about the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra at http://www.grjo.com.