We are excited to present WMJS's Monday Night Gumbo Series in the Knickerbocker at the New Holland Brewing, 412 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids. You can order dinner and drinks from the restaurant menu and the kitchen staff will be cooking up a special for the evening as well. These concerts will continue through April 2018.
Watch for our annual Musician of the Year banquet in May and the JAZZ IN THE PARK SERIES begins in June.
The concert times are 6:30-8:30pm and admission is only $5 for members & $10 for non members. (Join today!)
Check the map at the right for parking information. Two lots will be available for free parking for our members. One lot is located behind the Knickerbocker and the other across the street at Swift Printing. Show the attendant your 2017/18 parking pass.
Street parking will also be available after 5.
Click on the parking map for a larger view!
January 15 - Walt Gutowski and the Bridge Street Band
This group is a collective of some of the finest musicians in West Michigan, the synergy is quite remarkable. The group strives for audience involvement by playing crowd-pleasers from straight ahead to smooth jazz, R&B and maybe even a little Motown. Band members include Walt Gutowski (guitar/vocals), Steve Talaga (keys), John Gist (sax), Charlie Hoats (bass) and Mark Weymouth (drums.) Walt will have several female vocalists joining him on stage.
February 19 - Carl Cafagna and the Creole Kitchen
On stage and (maybe) strolling through the room will be a special Mardi Gras celebration with Carl Cafagna and the Creole Kitchen. Playing the traditional sounds of New Orleans’s Jazz it promises to be a night that may transport us to the warmer southern climates of Louisiana. Joining Carl will be Matt Collar, Terry Kimura, Jay Mitzer, Shannon Wade and Van Hunsburger.
March 19 - Fred Knapp Trio
The Fred Knapp Trio featuring Dave Proulx on piano & vocals will provide our evening’s entertainment. The other members are the rock steady band leader Fred Knapp on drums, and the solid bass man, Dave Rosin. This trio is reminiscent of the great trios of the past like the Oscar Peterson Trio, Bill Evans Trio, and Ahmad Jamal Trio; along with the fresh sounds of trios of today like the Brad Mehldau trio, and the Benny Green Trio.
April 16 - JMM Jazz Band with Diana VandeWater and Diego
We will welcome the JMM Jazz band who will occupy take our stage for the first time. Out front will be two vocalists for our listening pleasure, Diana VandeWater and band creator/leader/vocalist Diego. JMM Jazz brings a new level of entertainment to classic Jazz Standards. They take the Great American Songbook and turn it into a nightclub experience reminiscent of the nights when Sinatra and The Rat Pack would take over Vegas!