These eleven free Monday night performances are held from June 3rd - August 12th at 6:30-8:30pm,
John Ball Zoo Band shell, 1300 Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI.
June 10th - The Paul VornHagen Quartet will
perform the American Songbook of Jazz. Paul on sax/flute/vocals accompanied by Gary Schunk
keyboard, Kurt Krahnke on bass and Randy Marsh on drums. Winner of 5 Detroit Music Awards, Paul has performed at all the major jazz festivals and jazz clubs throughout Michigan as well as regular stops in Chicago, San Francisco, Toledo and Cincinnati. Go to www.paulvornhagen.com for more info.
June 17th -The Tom Hagen Summer Swingers including vocalists Mary Rademacher Reed, WMJS's Musician of the Year 2006, and Mr. Rick Reuther. This very popular West Michigan group will be playing and singing all your Swing and Rat Pack era favorites. Tom Hagen, WMJS's Musician of the Year 2007 on piano & guitar; Cherie Lynn Hagen, drums & vocals; Elgin Vines, WMJS's Musician of the Year 2005 on bass and Mike Lutley on saxes & flute.
June 24th -Max Colley III's Sextet will present a tribute to the music of Louis Armstrong. Max Colley III on trumpet, Tim Froncekon drums, Tom Hagen on piano, Jordan Richards on bass, Dr. Paul Brewer on trombone, Tom Stansell on clarinet. Sarah Cosby, vocalist, who studied under Edye Evans Hyde, will be joining the group for a number.
July1st - "Arno Marsh's 85th Birthday-tribute to a Jazz Legend"
WMJS's Musician of the Year 2013, Randy Marsh, hosts this party. This quartet will feature Arno Marsh on saxophone,Randy Marsh on drums & harmonica, Paul Keller on string bass, Robin Connellon keys and Dr. Paul Breweron trombone.
July 8th - Fred Knapp Quintet
Special guest, tenor saxophonist Mike Frost, a Chicago jazz veteran, joins drummer Fred Knapp with Dave Proulx on piano and vocals and Dave Rosin on bass. Expect fresh arrangements of songbook standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and more.
July 15th -Evan Hyde Group Evan Hyde, drums; Jordan Richards, bass; Matt Landon, guitar; Keaton Royer, keys; Chris Lawrence, trumpet. They will perform original music along with some modern jazz favorites from some current composers/musicians on the scene today, as well as some great standards from the not too distant past.
July 22nd - Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quartet
String bassist, bandleader, and WMJS Jazz Musician of the Year 2001 Paul Keller returns to Grand Rapids for a homecoming concert that will feature his AT SUNDOWN Quartet. Joining Paul will be vocalist/clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo, pianist Duncan McMillan, drummer Stephen Boegehold, and Detroit saxophonist Steve Wood.
July 29th - The Mark Kahny Group
WMJS's Musician of the Year 2012 Mark Kahny will lead this "special edition" quintet in a rousing performance of eclectic jazz covers from contemporary artists such as Pat Metheny, Dr. John, Crusaders and many more. Pianist and vocalist Mark Kahny is supported by the awesome talents of this year's Musician of the Year, Randy Marsh on drums/blues harp, Carlos Melendez on guitar, Charlie Hoats on bass, and Chris Lawrence,trumpet/flugelhorn.
August 5th This concert features vocal stylistMichelle Covingtonand Company with Robert Pace on bass, John Gist on sax, JR Simmons on piano, Benny Keys on drums, andWalt Gutowski on lead guitar. Their presentation will be "All Things Jazz," a mix of jazz standards with a few twists.
Closing out the 2013 season will be the ever popular Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestraled by Bob Nixon, with guest vocalist Edye Evans Hyde.