The Michigan Jazz Festival occurs on the campus of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, on Haggerty Rd. between Six and Seven Mile Roads. Five stages are located in the air-conditioned comfort of Schoolcraft’s VisTaTech Center. The sixth stage is in our large tent immediately adjacent to VisTaTech. For a map and directions, click here.
The festival runs from noon to
9:00 pm on July 20.
Admission to the Michigan Jazz Festival is free!
Schoolcraft College has ample, free parking on premises. The North (N) parking lot provides the closest proximity to the VisTaTech Center.
Schoolcraft’s outstanding food service provides a wide variety of lunch and dinner fare. Beer and wine are available as well, which must be consumed within VisTaTech.
Rodney Whitaker- When We Find Ourselves Alone
Michael Dease- Relentless
Diego Rivera- The Contender
Professor Randy “Uncle G” Gelispie set to perform at the Lansing JazzFest at 6:30pm on Saturday, August 2nd at the Main Stage on Turner Street!
Professor Etienne Charles is keeping busy on tour this summer! Check to see if he’s performing near you
The MSU Professors of Jazz welcome
Randy Napoleon, Professor of Jazz Guitar
Xavier Davis, Professor of Jazz Piano
Congratulations to Reggie Thomas, new coordinator of the Northern Illinois University School of Music’s Jazz Studies program.
“Every year it’s our goal to bring a unique collection of world-class musicians to Detroit for performances you literally can’t see anywhere else, and I can say without a doubt that, again, we’ve been able to do so,” said Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. “This year, with our theme ‘Jazz Speaks for Life’ in mind, we sought musicians of all walks of life who weave deep, meaningful stories through their music. These stories are the root of what makes jazz a very powerful medium, and we are blessed to have artists perform that are able to express their worldly experiences through beautiful works of jazz.”
Joshua Redman, 2014 Artist in Residence, is one of the many artists that has a great story to tell. Redman is known as one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990s and has toured with jazz masters such as Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny and Clark Terry. He, along with other world-renowned artists, including an impressive group of bassists, will take to four stages at this years festival!
Entering its 20th year, the Lansing JazzFest is a two-day FREE music festival that brings national, regional, and local acts. The 2014 festival will take place Friday, August 1 & Saturday, August 2, 2014 in the streets of Old Town Lansing!
The JAMM Scholarship Quartet performs on Saturday, August 2 from 5:30-6:45 on the MICA Stage!
The growing list of performers includes….
- Brian Charette Trio
- (NYC based organ group)
- Corey Kendrick Quartet
- Glenn Brown & Intergalactic Spiral
- Jim Alfredson’s Dirty Fingers
- (Tribute to Big John Patton)
- Matt LoRusso Quartet
- with special guests
- Planet D Nonet
- Randy Gelispie Quartet wsg Fareed Haque
- - Randy Gelispie
- - Rodney Whitaker
- - Rick Roe
- - Fareed Haque
- RYZ featuring
- - Perry Hughes
- - Gerard Gibbs
- Children’s Ballet Theatre
- Community Dance Project
- JAMM Scholarship Quartet
- featuring James Heinlein
- KIDZBEAT area
- MSU Community Music School
- Latin Rhythms Workshop with Aquanko
- Guitar Master Class with Fareed Haque
The 18th Annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) will make its way to downtown East Lansing on June 21-22 featuring a high-caliber ensemble of local, regional and national jazz performers. The festival is presented by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music.
This FREE-to-the-community festival is centered around a large tent located in the heart of downtown East Lansing in Parking Lot 1 (230 Albert Ave.) on the corner of Albert Avenue and Abbot Road.
The SSJF features main stage performances, the Jazz Kids children’s activity area, on-site food, jazz cafes, the new MSU Outreach and Engagement Education Stage and After Glow performances.
Visit www.eljazzfest.com to learn more.
The festival is produced by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker. The SSJF is a non-profit event that relies on the generosity of sponsors to bring FREE-to-the-community performances to more than 10,000 community members each year. A special thank you to our top sponsors: MSU Outreach and Engagement, Liquid Web and MSU Federal Credit Union.
JAMM will march as a group in the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
Second Line Parade on June 21st!
Featuring Chicago’s Lowdown Brass Band, the parade steps off at 2:30om on Saturday, June 21.
It starts at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and ends at Ann Street Plaza/MSU Education Stage just in time for the 3:30 performance of The JAMM Scholarship Quartet and the drawing for the 2014 Sndy Izenson Scholarship!
The second line is a New Orleans tradition where groups follow the grand marshal and brass band–dancing, twirling parasols, waving handkerchiefs and handing out beads. It’s all about having a great time.
Come early for the Kozmic Picnik featuring Planet D Nonet’s Sun Ra Tribute! (1 pm in the Broad Sculpture Garden.)
For more details on marching with JAMM in the parade, email JAMM President Lois Mummaw, email@example.com or just show up at 2:15 at The Broad and look for the JAMM Banner!
Since 2010, JAMM has been a proud sponsor of East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival!
Interested in volunteering for the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival June 20-21, 2014? Click here for the2014 Volunteer Registration Form, which allows you to indicate your preferred volunteer position and shifts. Please return volunteer registration forms to:
Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
Attn: Benjamin Hall
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
The 18th Annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) will make its way to downtown East Lansing June 20-21, featuring a high-caliber ensemble of local, regional and national jazz performers.
The festival is presented by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.
This FREE-to-the-community festival is centered around a large tent located in the heart of downtown East Lansing in Parking Lot 1, 230 Albert Ave., and Ann Street Plaza, located on the northwest corner of the Albert-M.A.C. intersection.
New this year to the SSJF is the Kozmic Picnik, an opportunity for concert goers to pack a picnic lunch and appreciate avant-garde jazz in the Broad Art Museum Sculpture Garden. Immediately following will be a New Orleans-style Second Line Parade where everyone is invited to participate in a brass band processional to the Ann Street Plaza. The SSJF also features main stage performances, the Jazz Kids children’s activity area, onsite food, jazz cafes, the MSU Outreach and Engagement Education Stage, and AfterGlow performances.
Click the links below to see the lineup for each day:
See the image below for the full schedule.
(All photos courtesy of Tom McEvoy)
Over 75 people (50 of which were new to a JAMM event) attended the second annual International Jazz Day Party on Wednesday, April 30. At Lou and Harry’s Sports Bar, everyone was listening, drinking, eating, laughing, making new friends. The jazz gals were dancing, as always, and others were buying the special JAZZ DAY T-Shirts and becoming JAMM Members! Many also signed up for the E-Newsletter sent out each Sunday.
Thanks to all who came, all who helped organize and especially the musicians from 496-West who provided the fantastic live jazz.