Max Colley III
Named West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2014 Musician of the Year
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 then a selection is made by a majority vote. The honors are given out at the annual awards dinner/concert.
2014 Musician of the Year Banquet Honoring Max - May 8, 2014
WMJS proudly presents Josh Groban’s Grammy award winning pianist, RUSLAN SIROTA, in concert for one night only! Ruslan has toured with Chick Corea, Seal, Eric Benet, and actively tours with both Stanley Clarke and Josh Groban. This busy musical genius has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and performed with Eric Benet for the Dalai Lama.
This concert will be held at the Wege Theater at 321 Ellsworth SW at 7 pm. Included in the ticket price - enjoy a "Meet the Artist" reception immediately afterward. Join us at this fund-raiser to help WMJS keep the music playing!
“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
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.