Nominate a 2016 JAMM Tribute Honoree!

Who is the 2016 JAMM Tribute Honoree going to be?
Who is going to join the list of past JAMM Tribute Honorees: Sandy Izenson, Patty Richards, Gene & Sue Rebeck, Randy Gelispie, Ron Newman & Sunny Wilkinson, and Betty Joplin?
  • The Nominee must be a Performer and/or Educator who has made a significant impact on Jazz in Mid-Michigan
  • All readers of JAMM’s e-newsletter get to play a role in the nominationprocess.  Email your choice for the next JAMM Tribute Honoree to by Monday, July 13, 2015
  • You may also bring the name of your Nominee to the JAMM Monthly Meeting July 13th from 6:30-8:00 pm at Marshall Music.
  • The nomination process will close at midnight 7/13/15.
  • The JAMM Board of Directors,  along with Past JAMM Tribute Honorees,  will meet to vote for their top three from the list of nominations.
  • The top three vote-getters will be presented to the 2015 JAMM Membership for a vote via email by July 23rd.
  • The top vote-getter will be the 2016 JAMM Tribute Honoree. The winner will be announced on stage at Lansing JazzFest August 7th or 8th.
Not a 2015 JAMM Member? Please go to and pay your 2015 Membership dues so you can vote.
Not sure if you paid your 2015 JAMM Membership dues? Email Lois at

East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Lineup

 The 19th Annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) will make its way to downtown East Lansing June 19-20, featuring a high-caliber ensemble of local, regional and national musicians.
The festival is presented by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.
This FREE-to-the-community festival is centered around a large tent located in the heart of downtown East Lansing in Parking Lot 1, 230 Albert Ave., and Ann Street Plaza, located on the northwest corner of the Albert-M.A.C. intersection.
Two events that were well-received last year will be returning for 2015. The Kozmic Picnik gives festival-goers an opportunity to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy avant-garde jazz in the lovely setting of the Broad Art Museum Sculpture Garden. Immediately following will be a New Orleans-style Second Line Parade where everyone is invited to participate in a brass band processional to Ann Street Plaza. The SSJF also features main stage performances, the Jazz Kids children’s activity area, onsite food vendors, jazz cafes, and the MSU Outreach and Engagement Education Stage.
Main Stage (Lot 1, 230 Albert Ave.)
4:30 p.m. Metro Jazz Voices
6:00 p.m. Rodney Whitaker and Soul-R-Energy
7:30 p.m. Bria Skonberg
9:15 p.m. Grupo Aye’

MSU Educational Stage (Ann Street Plaza)
5:00 p.m. J.A.M.M. Scholarship Quartet
6:00 p.m. East Lansing HS Jazz Combo
7:00 p.m.  Ari Teitel Organ Trio
8:30 p.m. Thornetta Davis
Peppino’s Sports Grille ( 213 Ann St.)
10:45 p.m.  Etienne Charles
Kozmic Picnik (Broad Art Museum Sculpture Garden, 547 East Circle Drive)
Bring a picnic basket, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy avante-garde jazz
1:30 p.m.  Jason Adasiewicz Quartet
Second Line Parade (Procession from Sculpture Garden to Ann Street Plaza)
The second-line parade is a New Orleans tradition where participants follow the grand marshal and brass band while dancing, handing out beads and twirling parasols. The entire community is invited! Costumes are encouraged!
2:30 pm  New Orleans Swamp Donkeys
MSU Educational Stage (Ann Street Plaza)
3:30 p.m.  MSU Community Music School-Detroit Big Band
4:30 p.m.  MSU Jazz Studies Big Band Symposium
7:30 p.m.  Cindy Scott
9:15 p.m.  Chris Canas Band
Main Stage (Lot 1, 230 Albert Ave.)
4:30 p.m.  Lansing Symphony Jazz Orchestra
6:00 p.m.  Jeff Hamilton Trio
7:30 p.m.  Guitar Summit w/ Napoleon, Bernstein and Stryker
9:15 p.m.   Orquesta Ritmo
Peppino’s Sports Grille ( 213 Ann St.)
10:45 p.m.  Organissimo


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.


Get tickets here! 

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

*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.

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.

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