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West Michigan Jazz Society's Monday Night Jazz Series

The last two installments of the Monday Night Jazz series at Bobarinos, 20 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, will take place 6:30- 8:30 pm on March 16th and April 20th. Cost is $5.00 for members and students & $10.00 for non-members. $4.00 wine selections, the jazzy burger and pizza special will be available, as well as regular menu items.

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My Thin Place

Coming to

Monday Night at the BOB!

March 16th

My Thin Place
A self described jazz consort, the band performs original works as well as the music of other artists.  Their passion lies with musical with structure, improvisation, open space and new sounds.  The members include Ric Troll on drums, guitar, and percussion, Dave Martin on vibraphone and percussion, Mike Dodge on guitar, Bob Hartig on woodwinds, Fritz VonValtier on drums, and Dave DeVos on bass.

April 20th

Tony Reynolds Trio
Tony has "the voice"! His smooth four-octave range, and his classy style adds  elegance to his performance. He was on the road for seven years with Sir Tom Jones and had the privilege of singing back up with Sir Elton John at John’s London home. Tony's gifted speaking voice propelled him to be a popular voice over artist in Las Vegas. He will be joined by Mark Kahny on keyboards and Mark Weymouth on drums.
Tony Reynolds

Member of Year Banquet

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Blue Lake's Lazaro Vega featured at EGR Arts For Life Fundraiser

East Grand Rapids - EGRPS Stage and Music Boosters announced Lazaro Vega as the 2015 recipient of The Sheila Pantlind Award.  This award, given annually, honors a community member’s outstanding contribution to the arts.

Lazaro will receive the Sheila Pantlind Award during EGRPS Arts For Life fundraising event.  This year’s benefit concert, ALL THAT JAZZ, features music by the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and Big Band Nouveau.  The EGR High School Jazz Band, Swing Dance Club and Madrigal Singers also perform.

Lazaro is well known to the West Michigan Arts community.  As Jazz Director at Blue Lake Public Radio and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI, he's programmed and hosted 30 hours of jazz radio every week since 1983. He has volunteered as a board member and music committee co-chairman at The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.  He is notable in bringing concerts to the Grand Rapids community by well-known artists from across the country.

Lazaro states, “Receiving the Sheila Pantlind award is a full circle honor.  As my government and creative writing teacher at East Grand Rapids High School, and someone who found a way for me to attend National Close-Up in Washington D.C., Sheila Pantlind advocated a higher level of experience. The education given throughout the East Grand Rapids K-12 school journey laid a solid foundation for this professional life in the arts and mass media I’ve enjoyed for more than 30 years. Thank you for recognizing my on-going contribution to the fine arts community of West Michigan.”

The event will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm, at the EGR High School Performing Arts Center, 2211 Lake Drive SE, EGR, MI 49506.  Tickets may be purchased online at egrmusicboosters.com  or the box office.  $30 preferred seating, $20 reserved, $10 students. 

EGRPS Music Boosters is a non-profit organization comprised of parent volunteers who believe music education is an integral part of public education, providing intangible benefits that enrich the lives of all East Grand Rapids students.



Scholarship Applications

Each year, the West Michigan Jazz Society awards scholarships to deserving students to help with their continuing education in the field of jazz. We are currently taking applications for these scholarships. Our only requirement is that the student will be going to an accredited school or university and is pursuing a study of jazz music.   All applications must be received by April 15.

Click here to download the application. The form may be filled out on your computer or by hand. After printing and completing the form, please mail it to:

West Michigan Jazz Society
P.O. Box 150307
Grand Rapids, MI 49515
Att: Scholarship Committee

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