Libby’s Jazz Club in downtown Jackson opened on November 1, 2014 and brought to life the dream of owners Libby and George Brown. The club features live jazz music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and has a full service southern-style menu that brings patrons back again and again.

The couple, together for 35 years, decided to open the club when the opportunity and space became available but had talked about the project for many years.

“I had played jazz, written about jazz and was always of the mind that every city should have a place where this music is featured,” George said. Libby and I have enjoyed many jazz rooms around the country and believed that places like the former Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor were a vital entertainment option.”

They wanted their club to be a functional space for enjoying an evening of jazz and once inside you will see artwork depicting jazz giants of the past and musical instruments placed neatly along its walls. It features a “frosted rail” on the bar and seating for 100 people. Libby’s has the feel of a jazz room which is typically quaint and promotes interaction among its guests.

“Jazz is one of the only music forms that is unique to this country aside from Native American music and as Thelonious Monk once said, ‘all you have to do is listen.’

Thankfully, International Jazz Day was initiated a few years ago which allows music lovers worldwide to pay homage to the artists and others responsible for keeping jazz music alive and enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

Libby’s Jazz Club will celebrate International Jazz Day by paying tribute to Betty Joplin, a Jackson native and Grammy nominated jazz singer. Betty will perform at Libby’s on April 30 at 7 p.m. with a stellar jazz trio consisting of Jeff Shoup on drums, Jim Alfredson on Hammond B3 and Randy Napoleon on guitar. Tickets are $15 and are available now.



She has worked with many wonderful musicians, including the late Arthur Prysock with whom she recorded ‘A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY’ and received a Grammy Nomination, ‘THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU’, and also appears on ‘THE BEST OF ARTHUR PRYSOCK’, all on Milestone/Fantasy Label.  She also sang and toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of the late Mercer Ellington, and has been requested to perform by the one and only Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin on several occasions.

Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change. International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.


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*PRESS RELEASE* 6th Annual JAMM Tribute Honoring Betty Joplin



(Lansing, MI)  The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan is proud to announce this year’s tribute will be devoted to singer and pianist Betty Joplin. Ms. Joplin is a native of Jackson, Michigan, and began singing and playing piano in church at age 7. She has performed with Arthur Prysock and has toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington. She has also been requested to perform by the one and only Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin on several occasions.

Ms. Joplin received a Grammy nomination for “This Guy’s In Love With You”. Her CDs, “Blinded By Love” and “Visions of The Moment” are both superb examples of Betty Joplin’s blend of soulful jazz stylings. Lansing residents may recall Ms. Joplin’s long-standing gigs at The Garage, Jazz & Blues Club in downtown Lansing. Ms. Joplin was part of the “Nightingales” concert earlier this year at The Avenue in Lansing.

The event will feature tributes to Ms. Joplin.  A live jazz band directed by Jeff Shoup will play music popularized by Ms. Joplin with local musicians and special guests.

Appetizers will be included in ticket price with a cash bar.


WHEN: Sunday, February 8, 2015


111 E. Michigan Avenue

Lansing, MI 48933

TIME: 3-6 p.m.

Tickets are $40 SOLD OUT!!

The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan is a 501c3 organized to “Preserve and promote the tradition of live jazz across Mid-Michigan”.

Please contact Mike Stratton at or (517)336-7721 with questions or to arrange interviews with Betty Joplin.

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.

Video Footage of Tribute to Ron and Sunny Now Live!

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Videos of the performances from the Fifth Annual JAMM Tribute held on February 9th, 2014 are now available for your viewing pleasure! Please feel free to share these links on Facebook, via email or in any other ways you may wish.

All footage is the property of The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan and may not be used for commercial purposes without written permission from JAMM, a 503-C non-profit organization.

Here are the links, in order of appearance. You may watch them here or go to our Youtube channel “Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan” and watch there. Here is that link:


JAMM’s Fourth Annual Tribute: Professor Randy “Uncle G” Gelispie

Last February, a full house of friends, family fans and students, over 200 in all, came together to honor MSU Jazz Studies Professor Randy “Uncle G” Gelispie. This was JAMM’s Fourth Annual Tribute Event and Randy was an easy choice when the time came to vote on who to celebrate. Some major swing, be-bop, funk and more, from people like Randy’s longtime collaborators Bill Heid and Perry Hughes , came pouring from The Avenue Cafe that day. The laughter and love were in abundance as well, all because Mr. Randy Gelispie allowed us to honor him with this much deserved tribute party.

2013 JAMM Mixer