Jazz Sax Friday at The Seasonal Grille

With the advent of storm season, I've been so preoccupied with severe weather that I've let my jazz saxophone posts slide. But the jazz musician in me is still very much alive, and I'll be kicking out the jams this Friday evening in downtown Hastings. Did I mention that besides playing the sax, I've added vocals to my tool kit? Yes, I can sing! And having finally gathered the courage to do so, I'm finding that people like my voice. The Seasonal Grille is the venue. I've played there once before. It's a wonderful new restaurant, all ambience, featuring gourmet Italian food impeccably prepared by Justin Straube, the owner and head chef, at prices that are almost ridiculously affordable. Really, it's one of the best dining deals you'll find in these parts, and the setting is enhanced by a beautiful bar. I'll be playing there from 6:00–9:00 p.m. with West Michigan keyboard veteran Bob "Gus" VanStee, so you can pleasure not only your taste buds but your ears as well. I might add that Bob and I will be fitting into the larger tapestry of the annual Hastings Jazz Festival. It's a weekend of urban music in an unexpected and very cool small-town setting. I love how this modestly sized community halfway between Grand Rapids and Battle Creek has embraced the American art form known as jazz! Kudos to Justin for supporting the music at his restaurant. It's a perfect fit. The Seasonal Grille is the kind of place that's tailor made for live jazz. So ink this Friday into your planner. Here are the details:
The Seasonal Grille 150 W State St, Hastings, MI 49058 Friday, April 15 6:00–9:00 p.m. (269) 948-9222

This Week: Gig and Recording Project

I'm pleased to say that all the time I've been spending these days practicing my saxophone is going to get some practical application. This week Thursday, October 7, I'll be playing with keyboardist Paul Lesinski at The Seasonal Grille in downtown Hastings, Michigan. Then Saturday, I'll be getting together for a recording project over at Tallmadge Mill studios west of Grand Rapids. THURSDAY'S GIG: October 7, the town of Hastings is promoting a Ladies' Night on the Town. With The Seasonal Grille offering a combination of wonderful ambiance, superb Italian cuisine at eminently affordable prices, and a good selection of wines and beers, I'm sure the place will be doing a thriving business. I'm pleased to be providing the music there with Paul. Come on out and get a mouthful, an earful, and a beerful!
Place: The Seasonal Grille Address: 150 W. State Street in downtown Hastings, Michigan Phone: (269) 948-9222 Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
SATURDAY RECORDING SESSION: I'm really excited about this! The guys I'm getting together with are some of my musical heroes. Ric Troll, owner of Tallmadge Mill Studio and organizer of the get-together, is not only an extremely tasty drummer, and more recently a guitarist, but also a wonderful composer. Anything I could say about him would be too little, and that goes for the rest of the guys as well. Randy Marsh, Kurt Ellenberger, and Dave DeVos are not merely superb players, they're also fantastic, complete musicians, widely known and respected in West Michigan. I'm thrilled that I'll be playing some original music with them this weekend. Look for cuts from the session here on Stormhorn.com in the future as they become available. That's the news for now. It's late and I'm tired. Time to call it a night.