Courtyard Jazz series returns to the Gandy Dancer this summer
The Courtyard Jazz series is back at the Gandy Dancer (401 Depot St. in Ann Arbor) this summer, with 14 concerts (no cover charge) on Wednesday nights from 6-9 p.m., from June 5-Sept. 11.
A press release contains the Courtyard Jazz series' full schedule.
This year’s series kicks off with the Ellen Rowe Quartet, featuring several faculty members of the University of Michigan’s Department of Jazz & Improvisation. Other crowd favorites returning this summer include alto saxophonist Vincent York, the wildly entertaining traditional jazz group Royal Garden Trio and bluesman Al Hill. The series will also spotlight some of the young Ann Arbor groups that are have re-energized the local jazz scene, including trumpeter Justin Walter, saxophonist Tim Haldeman and vocalist Heather Schwartz’s group The Heather Black Project. The series will culminate in a funky dance party, led by Ann Arbor blues-funk veterans FUBAR.
In addition to the impressive array of musical offerings, the Gandy Dancer will offer a special Courtyard Menu. Concert-goers at last year’s events were enchanted by the ambience of the 125 year old train station - and most concerts feature a guest appearance by the evening train that chugs by the patio. This is a summer series not to miss.
Here’s a look at the full line up:
6/5 Ellen Rowe Quartet
6/12 Vincent York
6/19 Bill Heid Trio
6/26 Jake Reichbart Quartet
7/10 Sean Dobbins Organ Trio
7/17 Justin Walter Quartet
7/24 Royal Garden Trio
7/31 The Heather Black Project
8/7 Pat Prouty CD Release Party
8/14 Al Hill & the Love Butlers
8/21 Tim Haldeman Quartet
8/28 Ron Brooks Trio
9/4 Scott Gwinnell Quartet ft. Paul Finkbeiner