JAMM Year in Review-2017

January 10—9th Annual JAMM Mixer @ Moriarty’s Pub. JAMM Scholarship Quartet played. Big success. Over 50 people renewed or became members.

April 30—International Jazz Day Party held at MSU Community Music School. Great venue.
Free to non-profits. Program was A Tribute to Sarah Vaughn with musicians from Detroit done
in partnership with Michigan ArtShare. Not very well attended. Need to rethink day/time/type
of program for 2018.

June 23-24—Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. JAMM Contributed $500. Candice and Frank
staffed the JAMM Van selling memberships, tshirts, and mugs. JAMM hosted the Dangerous
Knights Chess Club and a group of students from Village Summit School facilitated by JAMM
Members Lynne Martinez and Paulette Hatchett. The JAMM Scholarship Quartet performed
and the 2017 Sandy Izenson Scholarship Recipient, Evan Dempsey, was presented with his
certificate and $500 check. JAMM members marched in Second Line Parade and volunteered for the Bucket Brigade and Friends seating.

August 4-5—Lansing JazzFest. JAMM contributed $500. JAMM Scholarship Quartet performed. JAMM Members helped with the Bucket Brigade.

August 12—Phil Denny’s Smooth Jazz Fete. JAMM contributed $500. This was the first time for this event. It was decided that in the future, JAMM will only contribute to not-for- profit
community events like SSJF and LJF.

November 12—9 th Annual JAMM Tribute Concert honoring Jeff Kressler at MSU Community
Music School. Well attended. Great program. First time for Tribute at this venue. Decided to
have it here every year.

JAMM exceeded its $5000 Capital Campaign Goal due in large part to those of you who
donated $100 or more in addition to your membership dues and to a very generous year-end
contribution from a JAMM Founding Member.
The October Annual JAMM Meeting was cancelled due to the President’s hospitalizations and
chronic illness. The Annual JAMM has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm at 1267 Lakeside Drive, East Lansing where we will elect officers, review the budget, and plan for 2018.

A Musical Tribute to Patti Richards

One of the highlights of the JAMM annual Tribute, held in November 2017, was when John McDaniel, always the exceptional person handling audio/visual at our parties, showed vintage footage of the late, great Patti Richards performing with the Lansing Symphony Jazz Orchestra. Jeff Kressler, our Tribute nominee, was highlighted on camera accompanying Ms. Richards, who he played with many, many times, over the years.

Sunny Wilkinson, who knew Patti well, introduced a rare and precious video with her own recollections of the kindness and warmth these two fabulous singers shared, after Sunny first moved to the Lansing area.  

Shortly after the tribute, a JAMM member was contacted by a man named Daniel Eck, who attended MSU and recorded Patti and her bands on two different occasions in the 1980’s.

To hear the music from a show at the Village Market, which used to be located in East Lansing, click on this link. https://youtu.be/ZeMpxxbdguA

Even Jeff and Gene Rebeck, who also played that night, had not heard this recording for years. More recordings of Patti and some of our local favorites coming soon.

Did you know JAMM still has a few CDs from the Tribute we did to Patti Richards? If you wish to purchase, email jammpayments@gmail.com.

JAMM Newsletter Release Date to be Changed to Saturdays

Greetings Jazz Lovers!

Due to a bevy of jazz related events falling on Sundays and our continued commitment to including as many of these events in our newsletter as possible, JAMM President Lois Mummaw and I have decided to begin releasing the newsletter on Saturdays! This will allow for a bit of heads up to all of you jazz enthusiasts to be able to get out to those Sunday events. Feel free to contact Lois or I with any questions/concerns about this new release date.

Also, a reminder to all who are submitting events, if you want to see your event in our newsletter’s upcoming events section please submit your events to http://jazzjamm.com/submit-your-gig/ before Saturday morning or they will not make it onto that week’s issue. They will still be posted to our website, but may not get the same exposure as if they were included in the newsletter.

Thanks and Long Live Live Jazz,

Cole Kaldor

2016 Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan Year in Review—A Letter from the President

2016 was a very good year for JAMM! Thank you to all of you who supported us by becoming a member, donating to our first-ever Capital Campaign, volunteering at JAMM events, or attending one of the many great jazz performances in the Mid-Michigan area.

JAMM had a goal to raise $2500 over and above the amount raised by memberships.  The good news is, JAMM signed up 125 new or renewing members for 2016 AND raised over the $2500 Capital Campaign goal!

JAMM had a very successful Member Mixer in January of 2016.  Jack Devine was named 2015 JAMM Jazz Fan of the Year; Paulette Hatchett was named 2015 JAMM Volunteer of the Year; and Moriarty’s Pub was named 2015 Jazz Supporter of the Year.

JAMM hosted an International Jazz Day Party on April 30, 2016 at Moriarty’s Pub that was well attended.  The Host Band was the JAMM Scholarship Quartet featuring Conor McCornack on drums, Clif Metcalf on B3, Doug Fritch on guitar, and brand new Sandy Izenson 2016 JAMM Scholarship Recipient, Abigail Zerbe on vocals.

JAMM donated $500 to East Lansing’s 2016 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival held on June 17-18.  The JAMM Scholarship Quartet played on the MSU Outreach and Education stage on Friday. JAMM had a table to sell T-Shirts and Memberships.  JAMM Members participated by volunteering and marching in the Second Line Parade.

JAMM donated $500 to Old Town Lansing’s Lansing JazzFest held on August 5-6.  The JAMM Scholarship Quartet played on the South Stage on Saturday.  The 2016 JAMM Tribute Honoree, Betty Baxter also played on the South Stage on Saturday.  Her performance was taped by WKAR’s Backstage Pass. This show will run on East Lansing’s PBS station sometime in 2017.

JAMM Members selected Rodney Whitaker to be the 2017 JAMM Tribute Honoree.  A concert was held on Sunday, November 13, 2016 to honor Rodney at the Old Town Marquee in Lansing.  Over 150 people attended and enjoyed a day of celebration and great jazz played by former JAMM Tribute Honorees, friends, and colleagues of Rodney’s.  An Afterglow Party was held at Moriarty’s Pub where the JAMM Scholarship Quartet performed.

JAMM just held its 2017 Member Mixer at Moriarty’s Pub this past Tuesday. It was wonderful to see so many people there supporting jazz and JAMM.  We look forward to another really good year in Mid-Michigan.  JAMM has a new Capital Campaign Goal of $5000 for 2017.  We would like to donate more to each of the area jazz festivals and the scholarship.  We would like to expand our community offerings—maybe add another event.  We will keep you posted!

Thanks again, Jazz Lovers!

Peace, Love, and Long Live Live Jazz,

Lois Mummaw, JAMM President

A Letter from the President–2015 JAMM Year in Review

Greetings and Happy New Year, Jazz Lovers!
Thank you for supporting the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan in 2015!

If I had to choose one word to describe last year for JAMM, I would choose the word “change”.

Our yearly schedule of events changed, our Board changed, our e-news intern changed, and our fundraising/sponsorship opportunities changed.  Even with all this change, JAMM’s Treasurer, Gregg Hill is delighted to report that we ended the year on a positive financial note. JAMM is beginning 2016 with $1500 in the bank. This is roughly half of what JAMM needs to operate at its current capacity for one year….(read more)

2015 Operating Expenses:
$ 500–Sandy Izenson Scholarship Recipient Clif Metcalf
$ 500– Donation to East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
$ 500–Donation to Lansing JazzFest
$ 100–Donation to Keys in the Cities
$1050–E-News Intern
$  100–PO Box
$  100–Constant Contact
JAMM would like to continue this level of giving in 2016 and possibly increase our contributions. To this end, last year, for the first time, we accepted $100 sponsors for the Annual JAMM Tribute and were able to defray much of the cost.  We also received a couple very generous donations from Board Members along with in-kind contributions from Members.
JAMM said “goodbye” to Caroline Glaeser, our first e-news intern and welcomed Cole Kaldor.
JAMM appreciates the service of former Board Members Al Cafagna, Beth Cafagna, Sue Rebeck, Gene Rebeck, Julian Van Dyke, Carolyn Ojala, and Jeff Shoup.  We welcome new Board members DJ Carleton, Betty Baxter, and Dave Cheyne.  We welcome back our Officers–Paulette Hatchett Secretary, Gregg Hill Treasurer, and yours truly, Lois Mummaw President.New Yearly Schedule of Events:

2nd Tuesday in January–Annual JAMM Member Mixer/ Scholarship Recipient Announced

April 30– Annual International Jazz Day Party

Mid June–East Lansing Summer Solstice Festival

Early August–Lansing Jazzfest/ JAMM Tribute Honoree Announced

2nd Sunday in November–Annual JAMM Tribute Concert

The main difference in the yearly schedule was a decision by the Board to “flip-flop” the Mixer and the Tribute. The reasons to hold the Tribute in November instead of February are: Too much conflict with other jazz events in the past–Feb is very busy with Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and many visiting artists.  Also, weather is a concern.  This also gives the JAMM Tribute Honoree a full year to represent JAMM at Live Performances.

By announcing the Sandy Izenson Scholarship Recipient at the January Mixer, he/she will have more time to rehearse with the Scholarship Trio/Quartet to perform at Int’l Jazz Day Party, SSJF, LJF, and The Tribute in November.

Our Board decided on a few goals for 2016 that would help support JAMM’s mission of “preserving and promoting live jazz across Mid-Michigan”:

Double the number of paid members in 2016 from 75 to 150

Raise $2850 in designated contributions to fund our 2016 operating expenses

Implement a number of ongoing fundraising strategies

Identify and apply for at least 3 grants that support JAMM’s mission

Update and organize website in an archival format with text, pictures, and video for each event

Peace, Love & Long Live Live Jazz,

Lois Mummaw, President, Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan

jammprez@gmail.com   5172421126

An Update from JAMM’s President

You may be wondering why JAMM is honoring Betty Baxter as the 2016 JAMM Tribute Honoree on November 8th of 2015. (read more) Beginning in 2010, the first six JAMM Tributes were held either in January or February.  All of these Tribute Concerts were very successful but there were always concerns about the weather and, in recent years, concerns about overlapping with other jazz events.  Last year, our JAMM Tribute to Betty Joplin overlapped with an LCC concert featuring Thornetta Davis and also, later that evening, a Wharton Center performance from a touring “Hot Club” jazz group. JAMM made the decision last spring to “shake up” our event schedule to make it possible for more people to attend our annual JAMM Tribute Concert AND allow JAMM to promote our Honoree the entire year!  To this end, JAMM flip-flopped our Annual Mixer/Membership Drive usually held in November with our Annual Tribute Concert. This will also give us a chance to draw our Annual Sandy Izenson Scholarship Recipient earlier as well.  JAMM will be accepting nominations at this year’s Tribute for a current high school freshman, sophomore, or junior who is active in playing or singing jazz.  The nominee’s names will be put in a hat and the winner will be drawn at the Annual JAMM Mixer/Membership Drive featuring Betty Baxter now being held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Moriarty’s Pub in Lansing. This will give the JAMM Scholarship Group more time to practice before their gigs at JAMM’s International Jazz Day Party on April 30th (also featuring Betty Baxter), East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in June and Lansing JazzFest in August. So, get your tickets ASAP for the 7th Annual JAMM Tribute Concert to Betty Baxter–our 2016 Honoree!

Jazz Singer Betty Baxter Named 2016 JAMM Tribute Honoree


 (Lansing, MI)  The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM) is proud to announce their 2016  tribute will be devoted to singer, composer, and pianist Betty Baxter. Ms. Baxter has enjoyed a resurgence in her jazz career in recent years and can be found most Tuesdays at Moriarty’s in Lansing sitting in with the local jazz players.

Betty is well known in central Michigan having performed at the Lansing JazzFest, the Michigan Festival, Lansing Riverfest, MSU ‘Jazz at the Museum’ and their annual Chocolate Party, the Lansing Downtown Arts Festival, and the YWCA Diana Awards Banquet. She has also performed at BoarsHead Theater, the RE Olds Museum, the Michigan Theater, the Southview

Concert Series, the Michigan Historical Museum, the Lansing Art Gallery, East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and their 2015 Fundraiser “Nightingales”. In 1987, Betty sang at the Sesquicentennial Ball at the Michigan State Capitol, for which she undertook extensive research into popular songs written by Michigan composers.  This research turned into six different programs which she has performed extensively around the state.  Since 1995, she had been active in Lansing Matinee Musicale, presenting jazz programs, as well as study clubs about Michigan composers of popular songs and jazz, featuring among others the work of Isham Jones (born in Ohio, grew up in Saginaw).  In 2008, during the presidential campaign, she dipped once again into American popular music history and presented a program of political satire in song for Lansing Matinee Musicale.

For nearly 60 years, Betty Baxter has entertained audiences all over Michigan, Philly and L.A. with her satiny voice, and has  performed with the likes of Pat Boone, Leroy Vinnegar, Sandy Izenson, Fred Mitchell Jr., Jeff Kressler, Ed Fedewa, Jeff Hall, Fred Knapp, Eddie Russ, Kurt Krahnke, Mike Daniels, and Pete Siers.  The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan is proud to honor such a diverse performer at our 7th Annual Tribute Concert!


For complete event info visit: http://jazzjamm.com/event/7th-annual-jamm-tribute-concert-the-satin-sounds-of-betty-baxter/


Lansing JazzFest 2015


LINEUP for Friday, August 7th
5:30 – 6:30 Dot Org  MICA (South) Stage
5:45-6:45 Anthony Stanco – Jazz trumpet workshop  River Stage
6:00-7:00 Marcus Elliot  North Stage
7:00-8:30 Paul Keller Orchestra  MICA (South) Stage
7:15-8:15/River Stage  JAMM Scholarship Trio featuring 2015 Sandy Izenson Scholarship Recipient, Clif Metcalf on keys. Clif will be backed up by 2014 Sandy Izenson Scholarship Recipient Conor McCornack on drums and JAMM Member Doug Fritch on guitar. 2016 JAMM Tribute Honoree Announced onstage!
8:30-9:30 Jim Cooper Quartet  North Stage
9:30-11:00 Tony Monaco / Fareed Haque Trio featuring Greg Fundis  MICA (South) Stage
11:00-12:00 Fareed Haque’s MathGames  North Stage

LINEUP for Saturday, August 8th
1:00-5:00 Bob Wilson – Electric guitar mentor  KidzBeat
1:00-5:00 Randy “Bird” Burghdoff – Electric bass mentor  KidzBeat
1:00-5:00 MSU Community Music School – Petting zoo — Woodwinds/brass  KidzBeat
1:00-2:00 West African Drumming Workshop  River Stage
2:00-3:00 Lansing Community College Jazz Band  MICA (South) Stage
2:00-3:00 DANCE Lansing – Community Dance Project  River Stage
3:00-4:00 Beth Stalker  North Stage
3:30-4:15 Tunes ‘n ‘Tales by Tricia  River Stage
4:00-5:30 George Delancey  MICA (South) Stage
4:30-5:30/River Stage  JAMM Member, Trent Harris and his Trio
5:30-6:30 Endea Owens  North Stage
6:00-7:00 Austin Howard  River Stage
6:30-8:00/MICA (South) Stage  2015 JAMM Tribute Honoree Betty Joplin.  Betty will be backed up by JAMM Members Jeff Shoup on drums and Jim Alfredson on organ.
7:30-8:30 Ozay Moore/All of the Above -Jazz & Hip-Hop  River Stage
8:00-9:00 Chris Lawrence & Linosphere  North Stage
9:00-10:30 Grupo Aye  MICA (South) Stage
10:30-12:00 Late Night Grooves with Duncan McMillan  North Stage

Meet 2015 Sandy Izenson Scholarship Recipient, Clifton Metcalf!


Clifton (Clif) Metcalf is a senior at Alma High School. An accomplished bassist and tenor sax player, Clif took numerous awards at local and regional school­based jazz festivals through his freshman and sophomore years. In the winter of 2013, Clif (an avid jazz listener) began listening to jazz organ artists like Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tony Monaco, and others. He began experimenting with software­based jazz organ sounds on his Mac. Having only a midi keyboard and software, Clif, his brother, and some good friends formed Dot Org Jazz Organ Combo and entered some local jazz festivals for judges’ comments only. They were well received and encouraged to push on.

In February 2014, after meeting Jim Alfredson (Lansing) of the organ jazz group Organissimo, Clif’s primary focus became jazz organ. Learning that Clif was playing a midi software keyboard, Jim generously gave Clif a vintage Hammond that he had, himself, learned to play on! Soon Clif was playing jazz organ at all hours of the day and night, including early in the morning before school! Jim Alfredson has been an outstanding mentor and friend to Clif. Their friendship has continued, and each has written a tune in honor of the other. Clif and Dot Org will debut their composition in honor of Jim Alfredson­­Jim’s Groove­­as their original contribution at the 2015 Lansing Jazz Festival.

In April of 2014, Clif and Dot Org were fortunate enough to meet and perform with Tony Monaco, internationally renowned jazz organist and Artist-­in­-Residence at Hope College, Holland Michigan. Since that time, Clif has dual­-enrolled at Alma High School and Hope College, in order to study with Tony Monaco. Clif will continue his study with Mr. Monaco through his senior year of high school, and plans to attend Hope College in the fall of 2016.

In the past year, Clif’s skills have grown, and he has earned numerous awards on organ, including “Outstanding Soloist Class B” at CMU’s Jazz Weekend 2015, and Outstanding Festival Soloist at the Alma College Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival, 2015. Clif and Dot Org Jazz Organ Combo have had the opportunity to play in a number of larger venues, including the Dow Diamond, Central Michigan University, Alma College, and Hope College Park Theater. They are regular contributors to the Jazz Jam at the SpeakEZ Lounge in Grand Rapids, and entertain in a number of pubs around the state, including Our Brewing Company of Holland, Northport Brewing of Northport, Mountain Town Brewing of Mt. Pleasant, River Stop Cafe of Newaygo, and Storm Cloud Brewing of Frankfort.

Clif counts meeting Joey DeFrancesco, opening a concert for Tony Monaco, and receiving the Sandy Izenson Scholarship through JAMM, among his proudest moments. He is looking forward to performing with the JAMM Scholarship Combo as well as with his own group, Dot Org, at the Lansing Jazz Festival, August 7th and 8th. Clif and Dot Org will perform at Northport Brewing in Leelanau County August 14 and in “Walk the Beat Music Festival” in Grand Haven, August 15. They are especially excited about participating in the “Jazz Organ Summit,” a gathering of jazz organ greats. The event is to be hosted by Tony Monaco at Hope College sometime within the coming academic year. Details to be announced.

Follow Clif and Dot Org


GRand Jazz Fest Lineup


GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival! The 4th annual festival is Aug. 15 and 16, 2015, at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The 4th annual GRandJazzFest will bring to the stage notable jazz performers as well as up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. The event is family friendly. Book a hotel room if you’re from out of town and make a weekend of it! Bring folding chairs, blankets and snacks, and get ready to relax for a couple of hours or for the whole weekend! The central-downtown location is ideal for supporting local businesses, restaurants and pubs, and for visiting other Grand Rapids attractions.


See the lineup below!

Day 1

Saturday, August 15

  •  12:30pm

    Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with Edye Evans Hyde

  •  2:00pm

    Walt Gutowski & The Bridge Street Band

  •  3:30pm

    Mike Frost Project 2.0

  •  5:00pm

    Grupo Ayé

  •  6:30pm

    Brian Simpson & Jackiem Joyner

  •  8:00pm

    Paul Brown & Nate Harasim: “The Producers” with special guest Deon Yates


    Day 2

    Sunday, August 16