Friday, October 20th, 2017

A tradition for over 25 years! River City Jazz Ensemble will present a benefit concert at 2nd Congregational Church on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7:30pm.

The FREE concert will feature guest vocalist, Tammy Hjelm, who has been singing professionally in Grand Rapids for more than 30 years. Mid-way through the benefit concert, there will be an opportunity for the audience to help support the church music program with a donation.

Following the evening’s music, a reception will bring the audience and the band together for refreshments in the church community room. We are looking forward to seeing you and playing all of your favorite big band swing tunes for you once again.

JF-2016-PostRiver City Jazz wants you to know we have been honored to be the featured jazz group for the final performance at the 2016 Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival.

This year’s festival runs from Thursday, April 28, through Saturday, April 30, 2016. You can hear the River City Jazz Ensemble perform on that Saturday, at 7:30 pm in Hastings’ Central School Auditorium located at 509 S. Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058. VIEW MAP

From the Thornapple Council’s website:

Started in 2003, the Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival has grown to be the largest jazz festival of its kind matching more student groups and performers to professional jazz musicians through its clinician program than any other festival in the United States. This non-competitive festival puts education and jazz promotion and appreciation at its core. The festival draws over 10,000 people and provides a weekend of free jazz performance to the public and the chance for student groups to come in from around the state to work with professional musicians.

The 13th Annual Jazz Festival will have just under 150 performances happening over the course of three days. Only two of those performances have ticketed admission. Our Friday and Saturday headliners at Central Auditorium will be ticketed.

Saturday, April 30 – 7:30 – Central Auditorium
River City Jazz Ensemble (Middle and High School All Star Bands will open)
This is a ticketed concert. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

River City Jazz Ensemble also appeared on EightWest on Monday – you can enjoy the performance below:

Here’s a clip from our performance on WZZM-13 this past week to promote the upcoming Thornapple Arts Council 2016 Jazz Festival!

The band starts playing at the 3:08 mark…

JF-2016-PostThis Sunday, April 24, on WZZM 13 Grand Rapids, look for the River City Jazz Ensemble on the the station’s Weekend Morning Show, airing from 9am to 10am.

On Monday, April 25, on WOOD-TV, look for River City Jazz Ensemble again – this time on the station’s eightWest show, airing from 11:00am to noon.

Both programs are promoting the upcoming Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival on April 28, 29 & 30, 2016. The Jazz Fest is located in downtown Hastings, using the restaurants as venues for area high school jazz bands, combos, vocal jazz ensembles, as well as established professional jazz bands. This year, River City Jazz has been invited to be the featured jazz band to perform on the final concert for the festival!

The FREE concert, open to the general public, is held at Central School’s auditorium, located at 509 S. Broadway, Hastings MI 49058. Beginning at 7 pm, the Jazz Festival All-Star Middle School Jazz Band will perform followed by the jazz festival All-Star High School Jazz Band.

River City Jazz will then present a full hour program featuring vocalist, Kathy Gibson, as well as West Michigan Jazz Society’s Musicians of the Year Mike Lutley, 2015 and Max Colley, III, 2014, and other jazz members of the band.

So, get an eye full of us on TV this week – and get an ear full of us on Saturday in Hastings. See you there!