2014 Performers

Student Session: The Steven Van Loozenoord Band

JAZZ STUDENTS JAM SESSION (Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 – starting at noon at Rosa Parks Circle) Featuring The Steven Van Loozenoord Band As the producer of GRandJazzFest, one of GR and Jazz’s goals is to increase the educational aspect of the festival – to broaden awareness of jazz as a great American art form. We […]

GRandJazzFest 2014 HEADLINER: Rick Braun

Headlining the 2014 GRandJazzFest event is trumpeter and vocalist Rick Braun. Nearly 20 years into his solo career, the Allentown, Pennsylvania-born Braun’s first big break came when he composed Here With Me, a Top 20 hit for REO Speedwagon. He soon became a highly regarded pop sideman, touring and recording with Rod Stewart, War, Sade, Tina Turner, […]

Sunday night headliner: Alexander Zonjic

Flutist Alexander Zonjic is GRandJazzFest 2014’s Sunday-night headliner. Zonjic started as a guitarist but the story goes that at age 21, when home on hiatus from a rock tour, a stranger on the street who had seen him play guitar offered him a flute for $50. Zonjic got it for $9. He auditioned with it […]

Cooper Hay Van Lente

The Cooper, Hay, Van Lente Group (CHV) is a co-operative jazz band featuring Jim Cooper on vibes and marimba, Dave Hay on keyboards and Mike Van Lente on drums. CHV has been captivating audiences throughout the Midwest with their unique instrumentation and original music. Their latest CD, Trio Musik, on Big O Records, was nominated […]

Grupo Ayé

Grupo Ayé returns to GRandJazzFest 2014, having played in 2012 at the inaugural festival. Grupo Ayé specializes in Afro-Cuban music, which blends salsa, Latin jazz, bachata and merengue. The West Michigan group’s experience spans performances with such noted artists as Pat Metheny, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Celia Cruz, Aretha Franklin, Harry Chapin Jr., Englebert Humperdink […]

The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with Edye Evans Hyde

In keeping with a tradition established with the first GRandJazzFest in 2012, the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Edye Evans Hyde opens the 2014 event. For more than 35 years, the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra has been one of Michigan’s premier jazz ensembles, featuring some of the finest musicians in the area playing swinging […]

Matt Marshak

Contemporary jazz guitarist Matt Marshak, a native of Long Island, New York, grew up on rock ‘n’ roll music in a home full of musicians. In his latest work, he taps into the wonderful diversity of music in Colors of Me, shading his classic and fluid style with jazz, blues, rock, pop and even down-home […]

In The Tradition

In The Tradition got its start on Detroit’s west side and made a name as a hard-swinging bebop ensemble. The band has performed at myriad festivals including the Detroit International Jazz Festival. In 2009, the group released its third recording, The Tradition Continues, to wide international acclaim. The band was selected Artist of The Week […]

Evidence Jazz Group

Evidence Jazz Group, started by saxophonist Michael Doyle upon moving to West Michigan from New York, has been a hard-bop haven for some of the state’s best jazz players. Drawing upon his experiences in New York with such great musicians and teachers as David Leibman, Barry Harris, Milt Hinton and Branford Marsalis, Doyle and Evidence […]

Demetrius “Krayon” Nabors

Pianist, arranger, composer and producer Demetrius “Krayon” Nabors was born and raised in Detroit. Nabors’ musical journey has included gospel, jazz and blues. In 2010, he was one of 35 international jazz composers chosen to study at Columbia University in Manhattan for the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute. He is a proud winner of the 2011 […]

The Robert Hurst Quintet

A composer, bassist, educator and recording artist, Robert Hurst, who leads The Robert Hurst Quintet, has been part of Grammy-award-winning recordings featuring Sir Paul McCartney, Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr., Terrence Blanchard, Tony Williams, Nicholas Payton, Sting, Carl Allen, Pharaoh Sanders, Barbara Streisand, Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Ravi […]

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