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Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend – September 4 – 7, 2020

Grand Hotel's Labor Day Jazz Weekend

For your listening pleasure, you’re invited to enjoy the mastery of top jazz virtuosos during daytime concerts in the Tea Garden and evening performances in the Theatre. The package includes evening cocktail receptions, cookout luncheon in the Tea Garden Saturday and Sunday afternoons, a full breakfast and dinner daily, and all entertainment. You will also enjoy a Sunday morning gospel performance on the Front Porch. Saturday and Sunday mornings you will have the unique opportunity to interact with the artists during Q&A sessions hosted by Paul Anthony. All weekend long you will be able to sit back and relax with late-night performances at the Cupola Bar and The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand.

Paul Anthony to Showcase a Historic Jazz Photograph: During a weekend devoted to jazz what better way to pay homage to America’s original art form than by discussing the most iconic photo ever taken of jazz musicians, popularly known as a “Great Day in Harlem.”

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Paul Anthony will present a discussion and video presentation of the photo taken in front of a Harlem brownstone in 1958. He will enhance the presentation with personal anecdotes of many of the same musicians he has interviewed in almost fifty years of involvement with this extraordinary art form. This special presentation will take place both Friday afternoon and Monday morning.

 

PERFORMER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Presenting Eddie Palmieri Friday evening for the opening performance in the Theatre

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island MichiganWe are proud to announce NEA Jazz Master, and 8-time Grammy® award-winning pianist Eddie Palmieri opening Jazz weekend Friday evening in the Theatre. Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmeri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and McCoy Tyner, as well as his older brother Charlie Palmieri. Listen to Eddie’s music >>

Joey Alexander performs on Saturday afternoon

Joey AlexanderOver the past five years, Joey Alexander has become one of the most expressive and thrilling pianist-composers currently at work in jazz. Alexander’s precocity can still stun concertgoers, but his music, including original work and personalized interpretations of great songs, has now taken its rightful place in the spotlight.

Translating as “color” from Alexander’s native language of Bahasa, WARNA follows four Motéma Music albums that garnered the pianist three Grammy nominations and such honors as historic critics’ and readers’ poll victories in DownBeat and JazzTimes. But whereas those recordings were documents of an extraordinary young musician in development, WARNA is primarily a collection of reflective, moving new music by an experienced, confident bandleader.

René Marie performing in the Theatre on Saturday Night

Rene MarieIn a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.

Sunday afternoon Tea Garden performance by The Yellowjackets

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island MichiganThroughout their storied 43-year history, the Yellowjackets have recorded 25 albums, received 17 Grammy® nominations – won 2 – performed countless sold-out tours, and enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and commercial success. Formed in the late 1970’s as the backup band for guitarist Robben Ford, over the years the band has undergone numerous lineup changes. Never failing to rise to the inevitable challenges of adjustment, the Yellowjackets – Russell Ferrante, William Kennedy, Bob Mintzer – have maintained an extraordinarily high quality of musicianship that is the rival of many but a surprise to no one who knows and appreciates the band and their music. Listen to the Yellowjacket’s music >>

Friday and Saturday evening performances at The Jockey Club with Steve March-Tormé 

Steve March-Tormé was born in New York City to the multi-talented Mel Tormé and Candy Tockstein, a model/actress.  In the late 1970s, Steve recorded his first LP, Lucky, for United Artists Records. Upon returning to California, he produced and sang on Liza Minnelli’s Columbia Records release Tropical Nights, which became a favorite of the New York dance clubs. In addition to his performing and recording career, Steve also hosts his own radio show every weekday afternoon on 91.1 FM The Avenue in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We are glad to welcome him back!

All Weekend with Paul Keller in the Cupola Bar and The Jockey Club 

Enjoy the bass sounds of Paul Keller in the Cupola Bar Friday and Saturday evening, and the Jockey Club on Sunday. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Paul studied classical music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Today Paul is a string bassist from Metro Detroit. He has earned the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan” as each year he logs many miles traveling across the state to perform at various music venues. Mr. Keller is an integral part of Labor Day Jazz Weekend every year and we are excited to welcome him back.

Escape to America’s Summer Place for Labor Day Weekend and immerse yourself in the melody of beautiful jazz music played by some of the country’s top performers.

hotel guests at Jazz Festival

You are encouraged to make your reservation early so you don’t miss out on what is promised to be an enjoyable weekend.

Sign up for the Grand Hotel eclub and watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates!

view photosSee photos from past Labor Day Jazz Weekends on the Grand Hotel Facebook page.

Have you been to a past Labor Day Jazz Weekend? Listen to Q&A podcasts of past performers by Paul Anthony below!

Paul Anthony Podcast

Weekend sponsored by:

Blue Cross Blue Shield Sponsor

*Stay a fourth night FREE: add a fifth night for $249 per room. (additional fees may apply)

Make your reservation online or call 1-800-334-7263 for availability.

Package Includes:

      • Accommodations (fourth night free)
      • Full breakfast and dinner daily
      • Friday morning special presentation by Paul Anthony
      • Friday evening Welcome Reception
      • Friday evening Theatre performance
      • Friday evening late night performances
      • Saturday morning Q&A session hosted by Paul Anthony
      • Saturday afternoon Tea Garden performance
      • Saturday evening cocktail reception
      • Saturday evening Theatre performance
      • Saturday evening late night performances
      • Sunday morning gospel performance
      • Sunday morning Q&A session hosted by Paul Anthony
      • Sunday afternoon Tea Garden performance
      • Sunday evening late night performances
      • Monday morning special presentation by Paul Anthony
      • All entertainment – including late night performances
      • Cookout luncheon in Tea Garden Saturday and Sunday afternoons
      • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
      • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
      • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 3% Mackinac Island assessment and an $8.50 per person baggage handling charge. Regular additional adult and children’s rates apply. *Dates subject to availability.

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Labor Day Jazz Weekend

Arrive: Friday, September 4, 2020
Depart: Monday, September 7, 2020

Package Price:

$2,445 per couple
$2,155 single,
$599 per additional adult

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