October Gumbos

Monday Night Jazz Gumbo at the Casino Club

Concerts are 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 prepares the food choices, gumbo or soup served with salad and bread, or hot dogs and chips. The meal is cafeteria style and included in the cost of your ticket. The Casino Club bartenders 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.

November 18 - Terry Lower Quartet & Edye Evans Hyde

Band leader, pianist and 2016 Jazz Musician of the Year Terry Lower will be accompanying 2002 Jazz Musician of the Year, Edye Evans Hyde. This quartet always delivers an extraordinary evening of music. Their brand-new Christmas album named "Sleigh Ride" was released in July of 2019, all the arrangements are Terry’s.

Edye Evans Hyde brings her sultry style to the stage and has long impressed audiences with her jazz, soul and pop stylings. She has two CDs, “Girl Talk”, and “Magic in His Eyes” which won the WYCE best jazz album award. Her dynamic vocal range and smooth

Terry Lower and Edye Evans Hyde

vocals are easy to listen to. Her scatting seems effortless as she easily blends in as another instrument in the band.

A pianist, composer and arranger Terry Lower is a dazzling soloist and a masterful accompanist. His arrangement of “Harlem Nocturne” at the Detroit-Montreux Jazz Festival received recognition from the song's composer Earl Hagen. He sent a note to Terry telling him it was the most innovative arrangement of his tune he had ever heard.

Drummer Larry Ochiltree has performed with a host of national jazz artists. He is proud to own one of Buddy Rich's drum sets, a 1968 Slingerland black diamond pearl kit. Larry is a regular with Terry’s group and can be heard playing all over Michigan.

Bassist Ray Tini traveled the world with Paul Anka for 15 years as his exclusive bass player. Ray’s illustrious career has spanned many different musical genres which also included performances with super stars Peggy Lee, Bob Hope and Luciano Pavarotti.

Trumpeter and saxophonist Rob Smith has performed at both the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He is Associate Professor of Music-Jazz Studies at Central Michigan University. He plays regularly with Bluemonk Jazz.

WMJS Holiday Party - December 16, 2019

Make your reservations online or by mail!


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!

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Part of WMJS's mission statement is to provide music scholarships for deserving students in pursuit of jazz education.The 2020Music 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"

The series consists of four matinee concerts held on the last Sundays of October, February, March and April at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

For tickets see www.adventuremusic.org.

For directions to the venue (616) 451-9820. LaFontsee Galleries are wheelchair accessible, thanks to G.R. Therapy Group (Experience a Difference) at  www.grandrapidstherapygroup.com.