WMJS will host a Josh Groban’s Grammy award winning pianist, RUSLAN SIROTA, is bringing his musical genius to Grand Rapids! Ruslan has toured with Chick Corea, Seal, Eric Benet, and actively tours with both Stanley Clarke and Josh Groban. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live celebrating Jimmy’s 2000 show, and performed the next day with Eric Benet for the Dalai Lama. This concert will be held Wege Theater at 321 Ellsworth SW at 7 pm.
“Ruslan Sirota in full flight can stop a conversation cold. You'll just sit there, listening. That kind of brilliance is not heard every day - LA Weekly 21/04/2011
WMJS holds our Fall/Winter/Spring 2013-2014 Concert series at the B.O.B., 20 Monroe NW, downtown Grand Rapids.
April 21 Jeff Haas Quintet
from Traverse City
Monday, April 21st will end this season of Monday Night Jazz with the fabulous Jeff Haas Quintet. Traverse City based pianist Jeff Haas has assembled Laurie Sears on saxes and flute, Chris Lawrence on trumpet, Jack Dryden on bass, and Randy Marsh on drums.
The Detroit Free Press called Haas' music, "extending backward to his familial and religious roots and extended forward to his burgeoning career as a jazz musician, his blend of Jewish music and jazz offers a path lit with originality." The Dallas Morning News described Jeff's music as "swinging Hebrew folk jazz and you don't have to be Jewish to dig it!" Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck said, "In combining these great musical traditions, [Haas] has created a soulful music that transcends ethnic barriers. I congratulate him and his colleagues for their fine playing."
Jeff also co-produces and hosts a syndicated public radio series called The New Jazz Archive which can be heard every Sunday at 6 pm on WGVU in Grand Rapids.
Max Colley III Named West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2014 Musician of the Year
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
March 31, 2014
The award of WMJS Musician of the Year recognizes someone who has contributed over a period of time to the West Michigan jazz scene in perpetuating a greater awareness of jazz. “The West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year Award is given annually to a person who has made great contributions to the jazz community,” says Peter Proli, WMJS Board President. “Through music and education, Max Colley III has inspired and encouraged students and musicians of all ages. His passion for music, specifically the genre of jazz is unmatched, and we are so pleased to acknowledge his contributions in this way.”
The award was established in 2000 to recognize musicians who were instrumental in supporting jazz concerts and educational activities in West Michigan that flourish today and will continue into the future. The award embraces a more diverse representation of jazz disciplines in the region. The Board of the West Michigan Jazz reviews Musician of the Year nominations submitted by the board and Jazz Society members, and presents their recommendation at an annual awards dinner/concert.
An Evening with Libby York to Celebrate her New CD Release "Memoir".
This is a free event for WMJS members and friends. But please RSVP byJune 2 to reserve your seat(s) as seating is limited and filling up quickly. This will take place June 11, 6:00-8:00 at Grand Valley State University Alumni House hosted by Nancy Giardina, complete with hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Mark Kahny will accompany on piano.