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Terry Lower

Terry has also appeared with several Symphony Orchestras performing with Eddie Daniels, Jennifer Holiday and Bernadette Peters as well as the Jimmy Dorsey and Nelson Riddle Orchestras,  and played 2 Jazz tours in Italy with vocalist/Grammy nominee, Betty Joplin and The Edye Evans Hyde Sextet.

Terry Lower Pianist/Composer
After studying composing/arranging and performance at Berklee
College of Music in Boston, Terry Lower  returned to Michigan and for
over 30 years has been active on the jazz scene both here and abroad
performing and/or recording with many Jazz greats.

Terry has played with Frank Morgan,  Bobby Shew, Hendrik Meurkins , Kevin Mahogany and Benny Golson to name a few.

Wednesdays August 17 2016
Thursdays August 4, 25 2016
Fridays August 5, 19, 26 2016

Wednesdays July 6, 20 2016
Thursdays June 30, July 7, 21, 29, 2016
Fridays July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 2016


In keeping with a tradition established with the first GrandJazzFest in 2012, the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Edye Evans Hyde opened the 2015 event.

See her performance at the 2016 GrandJazzFest.

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 original compositions and arrangements as well as traditional favorites. (More at

Edye Evans Hyde 2011 West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year Edye Evans Hyde has been singing jazz, blues and pop music for more than 30 years in West Michigan, Los Angeles, Asia and Europe. Over the years, Edye shared the stage with world-renowned blues singer Linda Hopkins, pop singer Michael Bolton, vocalist Maria Muldaur, actress Connie Stevens, the late Ray Charles and Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval.

Thursdays August 4, 18 2016
Fridays August 5,19 2016

Thursdays, July 7, 21, 28, 2016
Fridays, July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016

Lana Hoffman

Come out and hear the wonderful vocalist from Kalamazoo..Lana Hoffman

Lana Hoffman on Facebook

Thursday August 11 2016
Friday August 12 2016

Thursdays, June 30, July 20, 2016

Up Dixieland
Up the Creek Jazz Band exists primarily because of the existence of another jazz band for many years in the Battle Creek area.  The New Superior Jazz Band was organized in the early 1960's and performed Dixieland and Traditional Jazz for about 50 years.  At the end of its tenure, the band was very fortunate to have held forth on Sunday afternoons on a steady basis for 11 years - - first at one club and then another.  The band finally had to disband due to the age of its members.  When the present band was formed to carry on, it was suggested that it be called "Up the Creek" since its members are from the Battle Creek area.

  We play Dixieland Jazz in Battle Creek and the mid-Michigan area.  Our members include Eric Campbell, trumpet, Craig Diederich, trombone, Stephen Williams, guitar and banjo, Bob Murray, bass, David Hackett, drums, and George Pendill, clarinet and leader.  Read more about George Pendilll...

Our motto is - - "We're Up the Creek, but We've Got a Paddle"

Wednesday August 10, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Jim Hayward Jim Hayward - (Jazz Trumpet) Guest accompanist with Terry Lower Trio on Wednesday June 3.. While serving in the US Navy, Jim was assigned to numerous bands and performed in all saxophone positions, doubling on flutes and clarinets as required.  At the conclusion of his 28 year military tenure, he was the lead alto player for the US Navy Band Commodores (the Navy’s official jazz big band) in Washington, DC. 
Recognized as one of the finest jazz saxophonists around, Jim has appeared nationally and internationally in concert with the Temptations, Rosemarie Clooney, Natalie Cole, and Jazz Cruise appearances with Frank Capp’s Juggernaught Band.  He is featured on numerous recordings, including his own album, “Coronado Sands”.  While residing in South Florida, Jim performed regularly with a number of South Florida’s finest musical organizations, including Peter Graves Orchestras, the Bob Hoose Big Band, and the Palm Beach Pops.  Since moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jim has had the good fortune to perform with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, and the Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra.
Wednesday July 6, 2016
Wednesday August 17 2016
Mlive article that describe Jim's "In the Mood" music

Earlie Braggs

Earlie Braggs - Earlie Braggs is a jazz trombonist and vocalist. He has recorded with the Kerry Strayer Septet, the New Kansas City Seven and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Harvey Thompson

Harvey Thompson- Originally from the Detroit area, has made his career in jazz singing primary in Japan in recent years.
"I felt it would further my career if I moved to Japan." Read about his career in this article.

Thursday August 25, 2016
Friday August 26, 2016

Wednesday, August 5, 26, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015

Larry Ochiltree

Larry Ochiltree

Larry has performed throughout Michigan including the Lansing Jazz Fest. Larry played & traveled with the Maynard Ferguson Band.

Wednesdays August 3, 24, 2016
Thursdays August 4, 25, 2016
Friday August 19, 2016

Wednesdays July 6, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Fridays July 8, 15, 29 2016

Wednesdays June 22, 29, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 23
Friday June 3,17, 24 2016

Larry Ochiltree

Since 2002, Keith has spent a fair amount of time with singer Curtis Stigers. He has toured throughout the U.S. and much of Europe performing in concert and appearing on numerous television and radio shows.

Keith Hall Drummer
Keith Hall is the professor of jazz drum set at Western Michigan University and over the years he has established himself as a joyful performer and a passionate educator.

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016
Friday August 5, 2016

Thursday, July 22, 2016
Friday, July 28, 2016

Larry Ochiltree

Jerry McKenzie Drummer
McKenzie lives in suburban Detroit, and toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He also travelled with Stan Kenton Orchestra for many years.
Read more

Wednesday August 17, 2016

August 26, 2015

Evan Hyde drums

Evan Hyde, drummer, from Grand Rapids Michigan played at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC in 2015 as part of the BETTY CARTER’S JAZZ AHEAD program. Evan attended Western Michigan University. He is the son of vocalist Edye Evans Hyde and guitarist Mike Hyde, with whom he appeared at one of our Jazz Gumbo events in recent years.

Friday August 26, 2016

Previous Entertainers at Clara's on the River


Sunny Wilkinson - Sunny has been singing out for quite some time from jazz clubs to studios, movies to TV shows. She has sung with the Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Edgar Winter band, Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, Bill Watrous, Marvin Stamm and, most often, with her own small combos.

Friday, July 1, 2016


Buddy Popps - Guitar and vocal. Buddy has been called the "Funniest Musician Ever." He is a talented guitarist and singer playing easy going contemporary music, such as Jimmy Buffet and Gordon Lightfoot hits, along with his hilarious original tunes. Buddy Popps always provides an entertaining evening.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Larry Ochiltree

Now living in the Detroit area, Jim Ryan has traveled around the globe performing in 14 countries with Rosemary Clooney, Michael Finestein, Bob Hope, Buddy Greco, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Rodney Dangerfield, Phyllis Diller, Doc Severensen, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Mills Brothers,  The Temptations and many others.

Jim Ryan Drummer
Accompanying Edye Even Hyde on the Patio at Clara's by the River.

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Fred Knapp is a drummer, pianist, composer, and educator. He is known for having a
special touch on the drum set with the ability to adapt to any playing situation.
Fred studied with Quincy Davis, Tim Froncek, and Rupert Kettle in Grand Rapids and
later studied at Western Michigan University, where he studied classical and jazz piano
with Dr. Steve Zegree and drum set with legendary jazz drummer Billy Hart. Read more..

Wednesday, July 30, 2016


Kelly Broadway w/ Terry Lower - Kelly Broadway is a jazz vocalist who has performed in New York City, Portland,
OR, Toledo, Detroit and Ann Arbor. She has appeared with Russell Malone, Peter Bernstein, Bruce Barth, David Berkman and John Bunch.
Friday, June 10, 2016


Russ Miller - had the opportunity to perform with jazz luminaries Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy DeFranco, Rob McConnell, Jon Faddis, Joe Williams, Milt Hinton, Rosemary Clooney and Sammy Davis Jr. among others. In addition Russ is called upon to perform with local artists, in pit orchestras and shows, and with his own quintet at the Michigan Jazz Festival and other concert venues. Read more..

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ray Karmalay

Guitarist Ray Kamalay - Accompanying Terry Lower

Ray Kamalay plays acoustic guitar and sings good old jazz chestnuts. Kamalay has worked in collaboration with many fine artists, including Joel Mabus, James Dapogny, Johnny Frigo, Betty Joplin, the Chenille Sisters, Jethro Burns and Ralphe and Howard Armstrong. In 1997 his work with the Armstrongs was nominated for the W. C. Handy Award. A student of the music,
Ray lectures periodically at the college level with a talk called "Freedom, Slavery and the roots of American Music."
Friday, June 3, 2016

Buddy Scott Cowan Trio - (Jazz Trumpet) About Scott's Album: "For most musicians, a recording like this – featuring one’s own compositions and arrangements, performed by a top-drawer assemblage of peers and admirers, and displaying the leader’s own virtuosity – would represent the pinnacle of a career. For Scott Cowan, it’s just icing on the cake.” Wedneday June 11, 2014


Ken Morgan Trio (Jazz Sax & Flute) - Ken has appeared with Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Henry Mancini, Pearl Bailey, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and many other well-known jazz artists.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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