W.M.J.S. is pleased to announce
Dr. Robin Connell as the
2017 Musician of the Year!

Robin Connell


Dr. Connell's career has spanned over 30 years; she is a pianist, a vocalist, an educator and a composer. After growing up in Detroit and Northport, MI., she lived and studied in New York, Kansas and Colorado, then after 20 years of travel, lucky for us, landed in Grand Rapids in 1999. She is constantly on the lookout for jazz venues both to promote and to play the music she loves. She held an eight week concert series at the Harris Building last year. Her latest endeavors include a jazz concert series at Fountain Street Church, she co-directs the St Cecilia Youth Jazz Ensembles, and gives lecture-performances on the Great American Songbook.

More about Robin will be coming in the Spring edition of Jazz Notes,  and a banquet in her honor will be held in May. 

The details will be coming soon. ​Congratulations Robin!



Due to popular request we have reinstated the Jazz Gumbo Series-complete with Gumbo! The Guest House 634 Stocking Avenue NW, Grand Rapids MI.  Doors open at 5:50 PM for those with accessibility issues, for all others at 6:00. Concert time: 6:30-8:30. Cost is $10.00 for members: $15.00 for non-members.* Laura and crew will be cooking up their famous gumbo accompanied by salad and a roll. A soup or chili will be available for those who prefer a different choice. *A limited number of students with ID will be offered a special entrance for $5.00 which does not include food.

Winter Lineup for Monday Night Jazz Gumbo!

February 20th
River Rogues
Jazz Band
River Rogues
March 20th
Nick Ayoub and The Family
Nick Ayoub
featuring Mike Lutley on saxes & flute
April 17th
Kat Jones Quartet
featuring Ian LeVine on drums, Steve Talaga on keyboard,
Mike Lutley on saxes & flute, and Chris Kjorness on bass.
Kat Jones

Click here for a scholarship app!

Part of WMJS's mission statement is to provide music scholarships for deserving students in pursuit of jazz education.The 2017 Music scholarships are ready to receive requests! PLEASE help us get the word out and direct worthy candidates here!
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Other Events

Jazz Concert


CD Release Party and Concert for Organissimo

WMJS is happy to announce that Mercantile Bank is sponsoring the successful local jazz group, Organissimo, for a special concert and CD release party for their new Beatles tribute album B3eatles on Wednesday, March 8th from 6:30-8:30 at Founders Brewery's Centennial Room.

There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. (FYI, the brewery only serves beer.)

Members: $5, Non-Members: $10

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