Concert hall for jazz concerts


A local performance hall warms up the winter with a series and a four-month jazz festival.

The St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) will host a jazz series and festival between January and April at its location, 24 Ransom Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

The jazz series will feature performances by Joshua Redman, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap, as well as Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra.

Redman will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20. He is a Grammy-nominated artist and jazz saxophonist who has released over 20 albums and performed with such artists as Stevie Wonder, DJ Logic, The Rolling Stones, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and The Roots.

Bridgewater and Charlap will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. Bridgewater is a three-time Grammy Award-winning and Tony-award-winning artist. His most recent album is “Memphis… Yes, I’m Ready”.

Charlap is a Grammy Award winning pianist and has performed with Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand.

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Marsalis is a trombonist, composer and producer and has performed with Art Blakey, Max Roach and Elvin Jones, Fats Domino, Ray Charles and George Clinton.

SCMC is also launching its first WinterFest jazz festival with the following performances: Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer, Christian McBride Trio and Cyrille Aimee, and Christian McBride and Inside Straight.

McBride and Meyer will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 24. McBride is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist. He hosts and produces “The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian” on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and “Jazz Night in America” on National Public Radio, a weekly radio show and multimedia collaboration between WBGO, NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Meyer is a Grammy Award-winning performer and composer who joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile and violinist Stuart Duncan for the Sony Masterworks recording “The Goat Rodeo Sessions”.

McBride Trio and Aimee will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 25. Aimee is a Grammy-nominated singer and actress. His most recent album is called “Move on: A Sondheim”.

McBride and Inside Straight perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 26. Inside Straight is an acoustic quintet formed by McBride. The group’s albums include “Kind of Brown” and “People Music”.

Tickets and more information are available here.


Willie J. Johnson