GRCC’s Winter Jazz Night benefit concert will take place Thursday March 15 in the St. Cecilia Music Center at 7:30 p.m. and will honor local jazz legend Ray Gill.
A suggested donation of $5.00 will be accepted at the door with all proceeds benefitting the Ray Gill Instrumental Jazz Scholarship at GRCC.
Gill was the director of Jazz Studies at GRJC from the early 1970s until his retirement in 1988 and was known in the community for developing the Jazz in the Schoolsprogram, which he used to share his love of jazz with students of all ages.
Gill was a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra from 1957 to 1963. He founded and directed the Ray Gill Orchestra in 1959, which became a prominent part of the West Michigan jazz scene.
In addition to the GRCC Jazz Ensembles, the concert will feature the Ray Gill All-Star Orchestra, under the direction of Bob Nixon, performing some of the same arrangements that were used when Gill was leading the band.
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.