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West Michigan Jazz Society carries on mission of founding leaders

by (Renato)

Submitted 11-20-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Betty Forrest had a passion for jazz, and she was married to a jazz musician. Jack Hoppus was a radio DJ with his own all-night jazz show for WLAV, and collected jazz records while opening up Jack’s Record Shop. Together, these two helped to...

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First festival of its kind to jazz up West Michigan on August 18

by (ulrichb)

Submitted 08-14-2012 under NEWS

On August 18, Rosa Parks Circle will be home to West Michigan’s first GRandJazzFest. The free jazz festival is the first of its kind in West Michigan, says public relations publicist Molly Kilmas. The event will begin at noon, and will include...

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Catalyst Radio: Inaugural GRandJazzFest at Rosa Parks Circle Aug. 18

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 08-03-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Don't have time to listen now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW A new, and free, music festival featuring artists with Michigan ties is coming to downtown Grand Rapids. The first ever GRandJazzFest is set for...

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Mark Kahny and The Boogie Woogie Babies perform at Jazz at the Zoo

by (ulrichb)

Submitted 07-10-2012 under NEWS

Despite the high temperatures last week Monday, a large crowd gathered at the John Ball Zoo for the weekly Jazz at the Zoo concert hosted by the West Michigan Jazz Society (WMJS). WMJS 2012 musician of the year Mark Kahny and his band performed...

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Randy Marsh gathers jazz community for Sunday night jam

by (royerd)

Submitted 07-26-2011 under OPINION

Sunday nights at Hopcat have turned out to be a jazz party. Not a wine and cheese party, not a “jazz society” event that “don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” but something more like an old-fashioned...

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[REVIEW] The Bad Plus at Royce Auditorium

by (royerd)

Submitted 12-04-2010 under OPINION

The avant-garde trio The Bad Plus (Ethan Iverson, piano; Reid Anderson, bass; Dave King, drums) opened their set at St. Cecilia's Royce Auditorium Thursday night with Igor Stravinsky’s “Apollo” and encored to enthusiastic...

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Mark Helias gives an exclusive solo performance on double bass in Grand Rapids

by (scott warren)

Submitted 11-07-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Mark Helias, the renowned jazz double bassist, of New Brunswick, New Jersey,made a stop in Grand Rapids on Nov. 7 at Mexicains Sans Frontieres. Known for his work with many jazz greats (Ray Anderson, Gerry Hemingway, Anthony Braxton, Julius Hemphill...

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European jazz legends in Grand Rapids: Carl Ludwig Hubsch and Longrun Development of the Universe Trio

by (scott warren)

Submitted 11-01-2010 under OPINION

The experimentalist jazz pioneer Carl Ludwig Hubsch is bringing his Longrun Development of the Universe Trio to Mexicains Sans Frontieres on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Renowned for his unconventional style of playing on the tuba, Hubsch will perform his avant...

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Michael Vlatkovich Trio in Grand Rapids

by (scott warren)

Submitted 10-04-2010 under OPINION

Jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, Michael Vlatkovich brought his 3 piece band to Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 2 for an intimate concert hosted by Hugo Claudin of Mexicains Sans Frontieres. The band was also in Michigan for the...

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GRAM on the Green presents Bill Sears

by (Grand Rapids Ar...)

Submitted 08-18-2010 under NONPROFITS

Enjoy the sounds of jazz while the sun goes down this Friday at GRAM on the Green! Bill Sears, jazz saxophonist, takes the stage for another night of live music in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.   Join Grand Rapids Art Museum for GRAM on...

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