The first Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM) meeting was held on Monday, September 29, 2009 at the home of Lois Mummaw and Gregg Hill. Lois and Gregg gathered together a number of fellow jazz lovers to explore possibilities for preserving and promoting live jazz in Mid-Michigan. Many of these interested folks were musicians, patrons, promoters, business owners, and some, just curious friends. The Michigan economy was spiraling downward and venues for jazz in the area were rapidly disappearing. After just two months of organizing, JAMM held its first major event on January 24, 2010 with a tribute to pianist Sandy Izenson, who started the first Jazz society in Mid-Michigan at Perspective2 in Old Town Lansing. A scholarship was started in Sandy’s name to be awarded to a high school student studying jazz.
Since the 2010 Tribute Concert, JAMM has hosted 3 more Annual Tribute Concerts with the 5th one coming up in February 2014, awarded $1500 to 4 Sandy Izenson Scholarship Recipients, hosted 4 Annual Mixers & Membership Drives, contributed $3250 to the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and Lansing Jazz Festival, hosted the First Annual International Jazz Day Party in 2013, and earned our 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt status.