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.

Click here for Musician of the Year Banquet Reservations!

MOY 2017
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Jazz in the Park

Ah-Nab-Awen Park
220 Front Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 
6:30-8:30 pm

We proudly present our 17th season of free Monday night concerts*

June 12 - Northview High School Jazz Band
June 19 - The Mark Kahny Group
June 26 - Noel Webley & His Jazz Friend
July 3 - The Lakeshore Big Band
July 10 - Imer Santiago
July 17- Kevin Jones
July 24 - Jim Cooper & Organic Vibes
July 31 - Metro Jazz Voices
August 7 - Mary Rademacher Reed
August 14 - Musician of the Year, Robin Connell

*Watch for next issues of the Jazz Notes(and stay tuned on line) for moredetails!

A HUGE thank you to volunteer Jerry Scott, Program director for WMJS, for all his work in assembling this fine line up!

Monday Night Jazz Gumbos
The Guest House
634 Stocking NW
Grand Rapids, MI

6:30–8:30 pm, $10 members, $15 non-members (Gumbo & Salad) 
($5 Student Special with ID, does not include food)

Kat Jones Quintet
April 17th
Kat Jones Quartet featuring Ian LeVine, Steve Talaga, Mike Lutley, and Chris Kjorness

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

May 18 Concert

May 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm!
... A fundraising jazz concert featuring Edye Evans Hyde, Mark Weymouth and Mark Kahny.

New Day Church–on-the-Hill
2965 Wycliffe Dr. SE
(corners Cascade Road, Thorncrest, Wycliffe)

Light refreshments at intermission, $20 at the door.

New Day wants to build a labyrinth* for the community as well as their members.
*If you don’t know about Labyrinths, do a little research! They have been in use for over 4000 years. Their basic design is fundamental to nature and many cultures and religious traditions. Whatever one's religion...walking the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight. It calms people in the throes of life's transitions.
What a wonderful gift for us all. Please support this concert!
Join WMJS!