6:00 pm –10:00 pm
Join us for an evening access to the Museum as the sounds of live jazz surround you. Enjoy a drink and light food fare, head to the galleries to explore the High’s collection and special exhibitions or join a docent tour and learn more about works on view.
With music organized by Grant Green Jr., the event will feature two musical areas where musicians will play throughout the evening, layering notes and improvising melodies.
6–7 p.m., 7:30–8:30 p.m., 9 – 9:50 p.m.
6:30–7:30 p.m. and 8–9 p.m.
Highlight tours begin at 6:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Docent tours meet in the Taylor Lobby and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
No drinks allowed in the galleries.
About Grant Green Jr.
Grant Green Jr., guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer, was born on August 4, 1955, in St. Louis to a musical household: his father, Grant Green, was a professional jazz guitarist. Grant Green Jr.’s first instrument was a C harmonica his grandfather bought him at the age of five. He also learned how to play piano by sneaking into an old, abandoned church and playing the piano there. At fourteen years old, he finally began listening to his father’s music and decided to pick up the guitar. By this time, he and his father were living in Detroit.
Grant learned guitar by going to jazz clubs with his father, watching his father play, and later mimicking the way his father played. His father did not teach him but occasionally let Grant play rhythm guitar in his band. Another huge influence on young Grant was Stevie Wonder, whose family lived next door.
Grant went to Washtenaw Community College and joined its award-winning jazz orchestra, where he further sharpened his craft. His first real gig was with the great jazz organist Richard “Groove” Holmes. In the late seventies, he left Detroit for New York City, where George Benson and Dr. Lonnie Smith took him under their wings. He has also played with Leon Thomas, Jimmy McGriff, Gene Ludwig, Lou Donaldson, Red Holloway, Kevin Mahogany, Reuben Wilson, and Bernard Purdie, among others, and in 2001, he formed the Masters of Groove, an all-star jazz group with Wilson and Purdie. His music is available on Spotify, YouTube, and other music streaming platforms.
- Due to the popularity of this event, we ask that you reserve tickets online in advance of your visit.
- Members enjoy free tickets to Friday Jazz; however, tickets must be reserved in advance.
- Guest passes are valid for general admission only and cannot be redeemed during this event.
- Seating is extremely limited, and priority is given to guests who have accessibility challenges.
- No outside food or beverage is permitted.
- Parking in the Woodruff Arts Center garage is limited and may reach capacity before you arrive. We recommend the Promenade Parking Garage (32 14th Street NE) for alternate parking.
Generous support for this program is provided by Graphic Packaging.