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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.

Please note that persons who wish to be certain to sit together must purchase their tickets under ONE TICKET ORDER.

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Jazz Gumbos Event Dates - WMJS Members
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Jazz Gumbos Event Dates - Non-Members of WMJS
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November 19 - Elgin Vines and Company

Elgin Vines has been one of the most sought-after jazz bassists in Western Michigan. He was 2005 Jazz Musician of the Year for WMJS. Retired from Amway Corporation now days Elgin plays for the love of it (and for friends). His spare time is spent listening to his jazz collection and offering advice, moral support, and technical tips to young bassists.

On drums will be Paul B. Smith. Mostly self-taught, he is a versatile player with an impeccable touch. He can sit in with any band at a moment’s notice and easily fit right in. He has been the right-hand man to sound pro Kurt Ehinger including WMJS’s the summer series.

Pianist Paul Lesinski is proficient at many musical styles from classical to contemporary. He performs regularly with local groups including the Hip Pocket, the Blue Water Kings, the Grand Rapids Symphony, Big Band Nouveau, Kevin Jones Tenth World, and JMM Jazz.

Paul Brewer on trombone performs with and composes for many groups including the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and the Gull Lake Big Band. He is the Director of Instrumental Music at Aquinas College and the Aquinas Jazz Camp. More recently in his career Paul has blossomed as a vocalist.

Michael Doyle on saxophone proudly wears the mantra, “music is not what I do, it is who I am!” He performs with the award-winning Evidence Jazz Group and Big Band Nouveau and has performed with the Grammy nominated Grand Rapids Symphony. He has taught and lectured on both high school and college levels representing Selmer saxophones and Rico Reeds.

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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.

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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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