Lansing JazzFest Organizers Announce Exciting Headlining Performers

Lansing JazzFest Organizers Announce Exciting Headlining Performers
Glenn Brown & Intergalactic Spiral, Jim Alfredson’s Tribute to Big John Patton, Aguanko, Randy Gelispie Quartet featuring Fareed Haque to join in celebration of Old Town neighborhood through live jazz
 Organizers of the 20th annual Lansing JazzFest announced Tuesday the exciting performers for the 2014 outdoor music festival, including Glenn Brown & Intergalactic Spiral, Jim Alfredson’s Tribute to Big John Patton, Aguanko, and the Randy Gelispie Quartet featuring Fareed Haque. The headlining acts for the 20th annual Lansing JazzFest have decades of performing experience between them, and will play before crowds of thousands at mid-Michigan’s premier free outdoor jazz event of the summer.
The festival is produced annually by the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA). On August 1 and 2, 2014, Old Town Lansing will host the 20th annual Lansing JazzFest.
“We’re thrilled to showcase these exciting, virtuosic performers at the 20th Lansing JazzFest,” said Terry Terry, President of MICA. “From the cosmic musical explorations of Glenn Brown & Intergalactic Spiral, to the acid jazz organ of Jim Alfredson, this year’s JazzFest will have something for everyone. We encourage jazz fans from all over Michigan to bring their friends down to Old Town, or to come down and make some new friends.”
Glenn Brown & Intergalactic Spiral is an all improvised cosmic jazz ensemble that specializes in spur-of-the-moment musical explorations inwards (imagination) and outwards (interstellar space). The brainchild of studio owner / producer / acoustician / musician Glenn Brown, the starting concept was simple: Gather some of the most accomplished musicians from the potent local scene, throw various combinations of those musicians into the studio, and press record – resulting in six hours of recordings which he refined into the 2010 named Intergalactic Spiral. He continues to find ways to bring that studio magic to stage performances, each unlike anything else you will have experienced.
Jim Alfredson has been playing and writing songs for the organ since he was eight years old. In November 2013, Jim released a solo project entitled Dirty Fingers – A Tribute to Big John Patton. Jim’s playing and writing for organissimo has been heavily influenced by Patton, a jazz organ great on the BlueNote label’s roster during the heyday of soul jazz in the 1960s. A respected and in-demand sideman, Patton also made a name for himself as a band leader and composer, defining the sound of acid jazz for decades to come. Dirty Fingers covers seven classic Patton songs, as interpreted by a stellar line-up of musicians including on drums the inimitable Randy Gelispie – whose quartet will be performing at JazzFest on Saturday at 6:30.

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.