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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Fundraiser for JAMM Sandy Izenson Scholarship- a JAMM Bookfair!


Barnes and Noble Book Fair Supports Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan
Come to the Barnes and Noble store at Lansing Mall
Saturday, March 28th
9am – 9pm
Live Jazz at 1pm and 3pm.
10% of all purchases made the day of our Book Fair will go to JAMM
Purchases in the Cafe including whole cheescakes to take home ($40) count!
So come for lunch, listen to some Live Jazz and shop for that special person(s) on your gift list!
Barnes and Noble offers books, music CDs, DVDs, educational toys and games, gift products and so much more!
JAMM Board Member, Julian VanDyke will be in the store all day to talk about jazz, JAMM, and his latest work in art and children’s books.

Can’t make it on March 29th?
No worries…you can purchase online at Barnes and Noble from 3/28- 4/1
Visit and enter JAMM’s voucher number 11589694

JAMM Voucher

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

A Letter from the President of JAMM, Lois Mummaw
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  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:

Keep on Keepin’ On – Screening

CT JK on Bed chat JK and CT hangin out
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!



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  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 for more details about this year’s East Lansing Film Festival.

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.