Ways You Can Support JAMM: A letter from JAMM President, Lois Mummaw

A Letter from the President of JAMM, Lois Mummaw  jammprez@gmail.com
Hello Jazz Lovers,
I am very excited to be JAMM’s President and to be beginning our 6th year as the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan!
Who would have thought that as a result of the small group of jazz lovers my husband and  I invited to our home in September of 2009, we would have behind us five JAMM Tribute Concerts–Sandy Izenson 2010, Patty Richards 2011, Sue & Gene Rebeck 2012, Randy Gelispie 2013, Sunny Wilkinson & Ron Newman 2014–and looking forward to our 6th JAMM Tribute at Troppo on February 8, 2015 honoring Betty Joplin. Or that JAMM would have provided scholarships to five high school students studying jazz.  Or that JAMM would have contributed over $4000.00 to area jazz festivals.  Or that JAMM would have a 2300+ contact list of jazz lovers who receive our free weekly enewsletter to keep them up-to-date on live jazz events in Mid-Michigan. Or that JAMM would become a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
All of us at JAMM are proud of what we have accomplished and we look forward to continuing all our programs and donations in the future.  JAMM has set goals for 2015.  We would like to increase the amount of our scholarship and the number of students we reward.  We would like to increase our financial contribution to each of the area jazz festivals. We would like to host an internationally known jazz act once per year as a benefit for our Mid-Michigan Jazz Community.  We have an idea for a jazz program for toddlers.  And a program for elementary & middle schoolers.
JAMM has a wealth of talent in our volunteers and board members–they are the best on the planet! I suppose most organizations think this is true of their volunteers, too. But, ours really are!  We are similar to  those other charitable organizations in another way–we need donations to accomplish our goals.
Please take a look below at the four ways you can support JAMM.  Thanks!
Peace, Love, and Long Live Live Jazz,

Four ways to support the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan:
1) Purchase a JAMM Membership
Your Annual JAMM membership dues enable us to maintain our website, send our free e-newsletters via Constant Contact to over 2300 email addresses; pay for our e-news intern, Caroline Glaeser; produce the Annual JAMM Mixer in November, Annual JAMM Tribute in February, and JAMM’s Annual International Jazz Day Party in April.
In addition, your JAMM membership dues fund the Sandy Izenson Scholarship given each year to a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior studying jazz and provides financial support to the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in June and Lansing JazzFest in August. Since 2013, The JAMM Scholarship Quartet, featuring 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Sandy Izenson Scholaship Recipients, Alex Mejia, Noah Frankforter, James Heinlein, and Conor McCornack, respectively,  has played a live jazz set at each festival.
Perks of JAMM Membership:
Buy tickets to JAMM sponsored events before the general public
Receive “Members Only” email updates
Vote for JAMM Tribute Honorees
Participate on planning committees for JAMM events
Volunteer at JAMM table for Summer Solstice and Lansing Jazz Festivals
Nominate Scholarship Recipient
Run for Officer or Board in elections
Vote for Officers and Board in elections
Membership dues are tax deductible
Five JAMM Membership Options–Pick the one that best describes you:
$10 Student/Musician; $20 Single/Senior; $30 Household/Band                                                              $50 Organization/Business; $100 Institution/Corporate                                                                           (Pricing represents 1 year of dues January 1-December 31)
Two ways to pay:
Pay securely on our website www.jazzjamm.com  using your credit card or PayPal
Send a check to:  JAMM, 1267 Lakeside Drive, E Lansing, MI 48823

2) Designate a gift in any amount to JAMM
Your gift, in any amount, may be designated to the area or event of your choice                           (see descriptions above in the “Purchase a JAMM Membership” section):
JAMM’s website hosting/webmaster stipend,  JAMM’s weekly e-newsletter/Constant Contact fees, social media intern stipend, JAMM Mixer, JAMM Tribute, JAMM’s International Jazz Day Party, JAMM’s Sandy Izenson Scholarship, JAMM’s donation to Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and Lansing Jazz Festival–or you may make a general gift to JAMM.  Gifts of $100 or more will be considered sponsorships of the designated area or event and your name will be listed as a sponsor, unless you would rather remain annonymous.   Your gift is tax deductible.                          JAMM is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Checks only, please, made out to:                                                     JAMM, 1267 Lakeside Drive, E Lansing, MI 48823

3) Buy a Limited Edition JAMM T-Shirt
For the first time ever, you can purchase a JAMM TShirt! Show your love for Live Jazz in Mid-Michigan and for JAMM!  Wear it now, wear it often!!  These beautifully designed TShirts will be available at the 5th Annual JAMM Member Mixer on November 11 from 7-10 @ Jazz Tuesdays at Moriarty’s.  The price is $20 per shirt but goes down to $15 if you renew or purchase a JAMM Membership at the Mixer. Not available online yet so come on out on Tuesday night and get yours!

4) Volunteer
Sign up at the Member Mixer to help at events or email your area of interest/expertise to: jammprez@gmail.com

Keep on Keepin’ On – Screening

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Tickets for the opening night film, Keep On Keepin’ On, are $15 which includes light hors d’oeuvres and music provided by the MSU Jazz Combos featuring talented MSU students. The movie begins at 7:30; entertainment begins at 6:30. Entertainment provided after the film as well.
Don’t miss this fun evening!

This film is about the magic of music, the grace and generosity of mentorship, the strength of survival. Shot over the course of five years, this film depicts the remarkable story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry. A living monument to the Golden Era of Jazz, Terry – a mentor to Miles Davis and Quincy Jones among others – is one of the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. His newest protégé is Justin Kauflin, a blind, 23-year-old piano prodigy who suffers from debilitating stage fright. As Justin is about to compete in an elite Jazz competition, Terry’s health begins to falter. We live with them as they face their most frightening challenges. You will be  inspired by their resilience and optimism. And, be treated to some gorgeous music!

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjR74w_GFWE


This year’s ELFF runs from October 30 – November 6.
Tickets to all ELFF films showing at Studio C! can be purchased in advance beginning October 20. Visit www.studioctheatre.com  Tickets are $10 -general admission, $8 for seniors (60+) and $7 for students. All matinees are $8.

Tickets for Wells Hall are ONLY $5 and $3 for students. All Wells Hall tickets will go on sale on Friday, October 31 at 6:00pm; on Saturday, November 1 at 3:00pm; on Sunday, November 2 at 11:00am. Tickets are not for sale online.

Visit www.elff.com for more details about this year’s East Lansing Film Festival.

Welcome Jazz Tuesdays back to Lansing!


Every Tuesday night at Moriarty’s Pub in Lansing, drummer Jeff Shoup has a band swingin’. Shoup puts together local and national talent each week for a performance from 7-10pm. Musicians are welcome to bring their instrument and sit in.


Moriarty’s Pub

802 E Michigan Ave, Lansing Charter Township, MI 48912

Tuesdays, 7-10pm

No Cover

Flint Jazz Festival Aug 8-10

33rd Annual Flint Jazz Festival (2014) August 8th through 10th at Riverbank Park in Beautiful Downtown Flint.

Friday, August 8th:

5pm Mott Steelheads

6:30pm Phil Denny

8pm Sheila E

Saturday, August 9th:

2pm 3B3

3:30pm Eclipse

4:30pm Tapology Dancers

5:30pm Jazz Cycle

7pm Freddy Cole

Sunday, August 10th:

2pm Smooth Operations

3:30pm Greg Williams

5pm People’s Jazz Band

7pm Christian McBride Trio




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.


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!

Detroit Jazz Festival Imported from Detroit