GRand Jazz Fest
Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids
Aug. 17-18, noon-evening
grandjazzfest.org, (616) 617-7720
For Grand Rapids’ fabulous, free jazz fest's second year (did you hear us? FREE), event organizers are pulling out all the stops to bring fans the snazziest, jazziest lineup yet. I mean, really – they’ve all but stopped short of rigging up the corpse of Charlie Parker in some sort of elaborate “Weekend at Charlie’s” rouse. With artists like the Chicagoan guitarist Nick Colionne and Lansing’s own saxophonist Phil Denny set to perform, diversity abounds in this improvisational wall of sound utopia. Also included in this outstanding lineup are Deon Yates, the Randy Marsh Organ Trio, The Paul Keller At Sundown Quintet, Sheila Landis & Brazilian Love Affair, plus countless others. So if wildly fluctuating grace notes and elegant patterns of syncopation constitute your idea of a weekend well spent, pull up a fold ing chair to Rosa Parks Circle and let the groovy waves wash over you.