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!

(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.