Special Events, Clara's on the River, Battle Creek, Michigan
Stop in any time for good food and a great view and place to walk by the river! Stop in this summer to enjoy music by the river!
Here are our favorite entertainers... All performances from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on the patio at Clara's on the River. (weather allowing.)
See the Google calendar below to view - sync with your friends & planner.
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 http://www.terrylowermusic.com
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 9-16-23-30, 2017
Thursdays August 3-10-24-31, 2017
Fridays August 4-11-25-Sept.1
Wednesdays July 5, 12, 26, 2017
Thursdays July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017
Fridays July 7, 21, 28,
Wednesdays June 7, 14, 2017
Thursdays June 1, 8, 15, 29, 2017
Fridays June 2, 9, 16, 30,
In keeping with a tradition established with the firstGrandJazzFest in 2012, the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with vocalist EdyeEvans Hyde opened the 2015 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 original compositions and arrangements as well as traditional favorites. (More at http://www.grjo.com.)
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.
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.
Wednesday August 23, 2017
Thursday August 24, 2017
Wednesday August 30, 2017
Thursdays August 3-10-17, 2017
Wednesdays July 12, 26, 2017
Thursday July 20, 2017
Friday July 14,
Wednesday, June 7, 28, 2017
Thursdays, June 1, 15, 2017
Thursday June 8, 2017
from 8-10 pm - Clara's 25th birthday celebration
Friday June 16
Lori LeFevre, Vocalist
Lori Lefevre is a jazz singer in the style of Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan. Her love of standards, improvisation and scat singing flow through her recent CD " The Song Is You" with Pianist Eric Dickey. She performs regularly in the Toledo, Ohio and Southwest Michigan area and is a mentor and torch bearer for the strong jazz community that thrives in the midwest region. She is also a member of vocal jazz group, 6th Edition.E
Friday August 25,
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.
Geroge is also the leader of UP THE CREEK
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"
Friday July 19, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Larry has performed throughout Michigan including the Lansing Jazz Fest. Larry played & traveled with the Maynard Ferguson Band.
Wednesdays August 16, 30, 2017
Thursdays August 3-10-17-24-31, 2017
Fridays August 4-11-18-25-Sept.1
Wednesdays July 5, 12, 26, 2017
Thursdays July 6, 20, 2017
Fridays July 7, 14, 28,
Wednesdays June 7, 28, 2017
Thursdays June 8, 22, 29, 2017
Fridays June 16, 23, 30,
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.
For fifteen years, Ray Tini was Paul Anka’s exclusive bass player. Over several decades, Ray’s illustrious career has spanned several different musical genre’s including performances with Peggy Lee, Rob McConnell, Bob Hope and Luciano Pavarotti.
Jim Hayward - 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.
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 9, 2017
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 13, 2017
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 graduated from Western Michigan University and the University of Miami with degrees in music, and is the son of vocalist Edye Evans Hyde and guitarist Michael Hyde. He now resides in New York City
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Thursdays June 1, 15,
Friday, June 2, 2017
“When the mallets are in the hands of the exceptionally talented Jim Cooper, it’s an extraordinary and inspired performance vs. the mere ordinary! A wonderful diversion from the standard jazz trio fare, the vibraphone added a rich, yet ethereal nuance to a fine evening of “mallet” jazz! -- Grand Rapids Jazz Society Newsletter
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. http://sunnywilkinson.com/
Friday, July 1, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 http://cowanjazz.com/
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.