Announcing the 7th Annual Grand Garden Show presented by Proven Winners, the world’s #1 plant brand. Join us for this special gardening weekend located at the world’s largest summer resort providing a spectacular and memorable setting.
Celebrate the beauty of flowers while you surround yourself with the rich history of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel. This will be a multi-day event with hands-on demonstrations and presentations from some of the nation’s foremost garden design experts. Spend your morning in inspirational garden sessions followed by exclusive private home garden tours around Mackinac Island in the afternoon. Wind down the day with evening receptions on the Front Porch and Tea Garden followed by dinner in the Main Dining Room.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy returning guest speaker, Mackinac Island’s own award-winning garden designer, and author,Jack Barnwellof Barnwell Landscape. As the owner of Barnwell Landscape and Garden Inc., Jack has over twenty years of experience creating breathtaking commercial and private garden displays on one of the world’s premier summer vacation destinations. We are also excited to welcome back Laura LeBoutillier, founder of Garden Answer, a YouTube how-to gardening vlog filled with style, expertise, and gardening knowledge.
Learn from Keynote and Main Session speakers Paul Zammit and Jimmy Turner. Paul, Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden is a regular speaker at garden clubs and horticultural trade shows inspiring audiences across Canada and in the United States. Jimmy Turner, a Texas native became Director of Horticultural Operations at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands in Sydney, Australia in the spring of 2013 from his role as Senior Director of Gardens for the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Additional include Heidi Grasman, Garden Crossings, Shannon Downey of Spring Meadow Nursery.
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 by Paul Keller. 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.
Announcing the full lineup for Labor Day Jazz Weekend!
Presenting Regina Carter Friday evening for the opening performance in the Theatre
We are proud to announce Grammy nominated artist Regina Carter will be opening the weekend Friday evening in the Theatre. A recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award and a Doris Duke Artist Award, Regina has been widely hailed for her mastery of her instrument and her drive to expand its possibilities. She enjoys performing many styles of music—jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop and African. In each she explores the power of music through the voice of the violin which she began studying at the age of four. Born in Detroit, she first gained attention with Straight Ahead, an all-female jazz quintet that performed at the Labor Day Jazz Weekend in 2001, and recently celebrated its 25-year reunion at the Detroit Jazz Festival. She also recorded and toured for six years with The String Trio of New York. Most recently, the acclaimed violinist was selected as the 2017 Showcase Artist for the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival and in 2018 was appointed as the Director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s All-Female Jazz Residency, a unique summer immersion program for aspiring women jazz professionals. Her most recent release, Ella: Accentuate the Positive (2017), celebrates the music and spirit of her inspiration: musical legend, Ella Fitzgerald.
Saturday performances by Steve March-Tormé, and John Pizzarelli, Jr. and Catherine Russell
Saturday afternoon Steve March-Tormé will perform in the Tea Garden. Steve March-Tormé was born in New York City to the multi-talented Mel Tormé and Candy Tockstein, a model/actress. He is touring this year to support his project to honor the 20-year anniversary of his Dad’s passing with “Tormé sings Tormé.” A natural interest exists in hearing Steve sing the songs his dad was known for and Steve is proud to have the opportunity to pay tribute to his father.
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. He spent three years as the featured vocalist on ABC-TV’s $100,000 Name That Tuneand also hosted two Los Angeles-based television shows, Video 22 (a precursor to MTV) and Box Office America. Steve’s latest CD, “inside/out,” is a set of 12 brand new, original tunes written entirely by Steve and is the first CD he’s recorded on which he not only sings but plays keyboards and guitar. In addition to his performing and recording career, Steve also hosts his own radio shows in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Later Saturday evening John Pizzarelli, Jr., a favorite of Grand Hotel guests, will perform with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell. Most recently John performed at the Grand in 2017 and 2014 during the hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekends. Previous to that, he played a special set during the hotel’s 125thAnniversary Celebration in 2012. Together John and Catherine will perform a stunning tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.
World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli, hailed by The Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz,” has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the American standards and beyond. Acclaimed vocalist Catherine Russell was born into jazz, as the daughter of Luis Russell, long-time musical director to Louis Armstrong, and pioneering jazz guitarist and vocalist Carline Ray. She has toured the world and has many decorated albums to her credit. The two join forces for their first collaboration, featuring soulful interpretations of chart-topping classics like “All of Me,” “God Bless the Child,” “Witchcraft” and “One More for My Baby.” Instead of stepping back in time to reenact the work of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, Russell and Pizzarelli pull the music gracefully into the present, performing in a program that is part tribute and part personal introduction to the people who made this music famous.
Friday and Saturday evening performances at The Jockey Club with John Boutte
We are glad to welcome back John Boutte, who has played during past Labor Day Jazz Weekends at The Jockey Club and was also an Artist in Residence at Grand Hotel. Along with his other performances, John will also be a guest for a couple of songs Sunday afternoon with ¡Cubanismo!
After high school, John studied at Xavier University, a black Catholic institution known in New Orleans. After graduating John was commissioned as officer in the U.S. Army and provided with the opportunity to direct and sing in the Army gospel choirs in Virginia, Texas and, eventually, Korea. It was in Korea, ironically, when singing gospel and deep, deep blues after-hours in restaurants that he began to know himself as an American, an artist and a person. Not long after his return to the States, John was invited to tour almost the entirety of Europe with his sister Lillian, which gave John a chance to meditate on the very idea of a life led as a jazz singer. Back home to New Orleans, John began to open shows for the likes of Mel Tormé, Lou Rawls, Rosemary Clooney and, most recently, Herbie Hancock. John’s recordings include “Through the Eyes of a Child,” “Scotch and Soda,” and the remarkable “Jambalaya,” recorded for Bose. Another CD entitled Gospel United, a concert recording arranged in Denmark, contains his remarkable solo arrangement of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which has achieved Gold Record status in several European markets.
Sunday afternoon Tea Garden performance by ¡Cubanismo! ¡Cubanismo! brings the fire of the Havana dance floor, full of swaggering horn charts, brilliant harmonies and wild Cuban polyrhythms. From the irresistible traditional to the super exciting modern, their infectious music is the very heartbeat of Cuba itself, including iconic Cuban rhythms that keep the world dancing to this day, such as Mambo, Salsa, Chachachá, Danzon, Desacarga, Bolero, Rumba, Son and Latin Jazz.
Led by Jesús Alemañy – a trumpeter for the legendary Son group Sierra Maestra from the age of fifteen – the group began as a recording project. The subsequent eponymous album became one of the Latin crossover albums of the ‘90s, and made the Top Ten Lists of Billboard, Latin Beat and Afropop Worldwide.
¡Cubanismo! has recorded seven albums and has been touring more that 50 countries worldwide, performing in the biggest jazz festivals, theaters, and art centers. In 2008 their release “Greetings from Havana” (Aim Records) was Grammy nominated “Best Tropical Latin Album”. This year, reassembled as a new band, and to celebrate their 20th anniversary of touring, ¡Cubanismo! is touring the world again, performing concerts in Great Britain, Scandinavia, Europe, Canada and USA.
All Weekend with Paul Keller in the Cupola Bar and The Jockey Club
Enjoy the sounds of Paul Keller in the Cupola Bar Friday and Saturday evening, and then new this year, at The Jockey Club on Sunday. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI and now residing in metro Detroit, Paul studied classical music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 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.
You are encouraged to make your reservation early so you don’t miss out on what is promised to be an enjoyable weekend.