International Jazz Day: Local Celebration Set to Go!

The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM) is excited to announce our 2nd Annual International Jazz Day Party right here in town! On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm members of 496 West will form the house rhythm section for this year’s JAMM International Jazz Day Party and Open Jam! Our local celebration takes place at Lou and Harry’s Sports Grill, 16800 Chandler Road in East Lansing, MI. JAMM’s International Jazz Day Party will link to hundreds of International Jazz Day celebrations around the world. For musicians, bring your axe and come jam with our house rhythm section. Network with other musicians. For everyone else, it’s a perfect opportunity to dance, check out the musical talent Mid-Michigan has to offer, and celebrate this truly American art-form we call JAZZ!

There is no cover charge! Food and Drinks available for purchase. Please join us and bring a friend. Get a custom JAMM Intl Jazz Day T-shirt to wear! The event is free and open to the public. Help JAMM continue to “preserve and promote the tradition of Live Jazz across Mid-Michigan” by purchasing a 2014 JAMM Membership, if you wish. Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jazzjamm

Full details – including a map to the event >>

Learn more about JAMM Members Charlie & LaVerne Wilson and the house rhythm section at https://www.facebook.com/496West

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Musicians: Bring your axe to jam!

Special announcement: JAMM will announce the 2015 JAMM Tribute Honoree at the Party–Be the first to hear who our next JAMM Honoree will be!

Grab a customized International Jazz Day T-Shirt AND support JAMM! (T-shirts available for pickup at the party) Order securely through Paypal below:
JAMM Intl Jazz Day TShirt


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Busy Drummer Clarence Penn Takes Time for JAMM!

Interview with Clarence Penn, Drummer for Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60!
By Lois Mummaw, President Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM)
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When Bob Hoffman, Wharton Center Public Relations Manager, contacted me in late February and asked if I would be willing to interview a member of the Newport Jazz Festival in anticipation of the concert coming to Wharton Center, I thought, “I’ve never really interviewed anybody!”

Then, when Bob suggested I speak with the drummer, Clarence Penn I agreed to do it, but not just because Clarence is from Detroit. I agreed because I have a soft spot in my heart for drummers. My son is a drummer. To me, drummers represent the beat of life…and of jazz. We spoke by phone and once I told him I was not a journalist, as such, he actually seemed a bit relieved. Here then is our wonderful conversation:

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Video Footage of Tribute to Ron and Sunny Now Live!

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Videos of the performances from the Fifth Annual JAMM Tribute held on February 9th, 2014 are now available for your viewing pleasure! Please feel free to share these links on Facebook, via email or in any other ways you may wish.

All footage is the property of The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan and may not be used for commercial purposes without written permission from JAMM, a 503-C non-profit organization.

Here are the links, in order of appearance. You may watch them here or go to our Youtube channel “Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan” and watch there. Here is that link:

http://www.youtube.com/user/jazzjammvideo

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JAMM’s Fourth Annual Tribute: Professor Randy “Uncle G” Gelispie

Last February, a full house of friends, family fans and students, over 200 in all, came together to honor MSU Jazz Studies Professor Randy “Uncle G” Gelispie. This was JAMM’s Fourth Annual Tribute Event and Randy was an easy choice when the time came to vote on who to celebrate. Some major swing, be-bop, funk and more, from people like Randy’s longtime collaborators Bill Heid and Perry Hughes , came pouring from The Avenue Cafe that day. The laughter and love were in abundance as well, all because Mr. Randy Gelispie allowed us to honor him with this much deserved tribute party.

2014 JAMM Tribute Honorees

Sunny & Ron

Ron & Sunny

Mark your calendar for the 2014 JAMM Tribute Concert featuring this years honorees Ron and Sunny! This 5th Annual JAMM Tribute Concert is sure to be a sellout. Don’t be left out–get your tickets today! Day of or at-the-door tickets are $10 more (that’s if there are any left)

Check out this photo montage video, with Sunny singing with only Ed Fedewa accompaniment on double bass.

As a couple, they have set very high standards for students studying jazz and are well worth the attention of listeners. As individuals, they have influenced the lives of many in the jazz world.  Ron Newman, a graduate of N. Texas State with a doctorate from MSU, has been on the faculty since the middle 70′s and has been a strong force in the Michigan jazz scene.  He developed Jazz Bands I & II from struggling ensembles into award winners and has been a successful instructor of jazz improvisation, arranging, pedagogy, history and a professor of music theory. Continue reading