LaFontsee Galleries and www.adventuremusic.org are pleased to unveil their new collaborative season of “The Underground Series,” four matinee concerts held on the last Sundays of October, February, March and April at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI.
Sunday, October 28th at 3 p.m. Accordionist Julien Labro explores the beauty and lyricism of the French chansons as he revisits the sound of his childhood home Rodez in the south of France by modernizing the classic songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand, Charles Aznavour and others in “Julien Labro and the Chanson Experiment.”
Sunday, February 24th at 3 p.m. the renowned jazz musician and multi-genre drummer Gayle McKinney of Detroit brings her family’s legacy of music education to Grand Rapids behind the release of her new album “McKin-Folk” (Detroit Music Factory). Aretha Franklin’s drummer since 2016, and leader of the Grammy nominated all female jazz group Straight Ahead, McKinney is the daughter of renowned jazz educator and pianist Harold McKinney. She will be accompanied by the talented Jazz Saxophonist, Dave McMurray.
Sunday, March 31st at 3 p.m. Chicago saxophonist and bass clarinetist Geof Bradfield returns to The Underground Series with his “Yes and…music for nine improvisers” featuring a roll call of top Chicago and New York jazz musicians in a new multi-movement work which Howard Reich described in the Chicago Tribune as “…music [that] finds continuity in the tonal glow of the ensemble playing, the subtlety of instrumental voicing, and the harmonic sophistication of everything these musicians have to offer.”
Sunday, April 28th at 3 p.m. The Alex Harding Organ Trio with special guest J.D. Allen brings the burley baritone saxophone of Alex Harding together with the exploratory authority of now New York tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen, accompanied by Jim Alfredson on organ and Djallo Djakate on drums.