7/20 is the Michigan Jazz Festival!

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.

Check out the Michigan Jazz Festival lineup

A busy year for the MSU Professors of Jazz!


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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.


Detroit Jazz Festival August 29- September 1

“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!

Downlod the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival Schedule Here!

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Lansing Jazz Fest List of Performers Grows!

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….

More details here

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival to bring HOT SOUNDS this weekend!

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.

2014 Performer Lineup

The 2014 performer lineup features the finest in local, regional and national musical talent  including Neil Gordon, Diego Rivera, Benny Benack III, Orquesta Ritmo, Thornetta Davis, Planet D Nonet, The Lowdown Brass Band, Sunny Wilkinson, Layers, Michael Dease, Root Doctor and Aguanko. The festival also features headliners Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Airmen of NoteCécile McLorin Salvant performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely?recorded jazz and blues compositions. Cécile’s “WomanChild” was nominated for the 2014 GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Cécile has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York’s Lincoln Center; Chicago’s Symphony Center; theKennedy Center; and the Detroit Jazz Festival.

The Airmen of Note are the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. They were assembled in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band, and is one of the last touring big bands. They have collaborated with many jazz luminaries, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson.

MSU Outreach and Engagement Education Stage

This performance area will give local high school and young up-and-coming jazz musicians an opportunity to perform on stage at a major jazz festival. The 2014 performers are ; Participants of the MSU Jazz Studies Big Band Symposium, The JAMM Scholarship Quartet featuring James Heinlein, The LCC Jazz Band, and The East Lansing High School Jazz Band. Click here to see the Education Stage schedule.


Jazz Kids Brings Family Fun

Families will love the hands-on, interactive children’s area coordinated by Wharton Center Inner Circle volunteers. The Jazz Kids family area will offer a number of jazz-inspired activities for kids of all ages. Kids can make Mardi Gras beaded necklaces, shakers, dance ribbons and other fun activities. The East Lansing Public Library and the Broad Art Museum will also offer jazzy activities.

In addition, children can play at the Impression 5 Science Center bubble table, paint at easel stations and participate in a variety of other activities.

Afterglows Feature Late-Night Encore Performances

After we zip up the Big Tent for the night…the party continues with an intimate jazz bistro performance at Peppino’s 213 Ann St., from 10:45 pm – 12:30 am. Join us on Friday, June 20 for Layers  and Saturday, June 21 for The Michael Dease Big Band

NEW! Kozmic Picnik and Second Line Parade

At 1pm on Saturday June 21 join us in the Sculpture Garden of the Broad Art Museum (547 East Circle Drive) for the Kozmic Picnik. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a tribute to avante garde jazz artist Sun Ra, played by Detroit’s own Planet D Nonet.

At 2:30pm,iImmediately following the Kozmic Picnik, will be a Second Line Parade with the Lowdown Brass Band, (Procession from Sculpture Garden to Ann Street Plaza).The second-line parade is a New Orleans tradition where participants follow the grand marshal and brass band while dancing, handing out beads and  twirling parasols. The entire community is invited! Costumes are encouraged!

Like SSJF on Facebook!

Check out the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Facebook page! Click “like” to show your love and follow the festival.


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 is going to participate in the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival’s First-ever Second Line Parade!

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, jammprez@gmail.com or just show up at 2:15 at The Broad and look for the JAMM Banner!

Volunteers needed for the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival!

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

East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Brings 2014 Grammy Nominee, Nation’s Top Big Band and Second-Line Parade to Downtown East Lansing June 20-21

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:

Friday, June 20th Lineup

Saturday, June 21st Lineup

See the image below for the full schedule.

Photos from our International Jazz Day Party!

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(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.

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