Musician of the Year Nominations Requested
Now that WMJS has caught up with our Musician of the Year for 2021 with Paul Brewer, it's time to get back on schedule for MOY 2022! Please click here or on the button below to make your nomination for who we'll honor next year. The deadline for nominations is January 16!
Jazz Gumbos are Back!
January 17 - Postponed Due to COVID-19
Clifton Metcalf, Larry Barris, Michael Reed Trio
Gayelynn McKinney Quartet
Yuriana Sobrino Garcia Trio
Andrew Bishop/Ellen Rowe Duo
Keith Hall Trio
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
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.
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/