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!

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Lansing Jazz Fest List of Performers Grows!

Entering its 20th year, the Lansing JazzFest is a two-day FREE music festival that brings national, regional, and local acts. The 2014 festival will take place Friday, August 1  & Saturday, August 2, 2014 in the streets of Old Town Lansing!

The JAMM Scholarship Quartet performs on Saturday, August 2 from 5:30-6:45 on the MICA Stage!

The growing list of performers includes….

More details here

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival to bring HOT SOUNDS this weekend!

The 18th Annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) will make its way to downtown East Lansing on June 21-22 featuring a high-caliber ensemble of local, regional and national jazz performers. The festival is presented by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music.

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.) on the corner of Albert Avenue and Abbot Road.

The SSJF features main stage performances, the Jazz Kids children’s activity area, on-site food, jazz cafes, the new MSU Outreach and Engagement  Education Stage and After Glow performances.

Visit www.eljazzfest.com to learn more.

2014 Performer Lineup

The 2014 performer lineup features the finest in local, regional and national musical talent  including Neil Gordon, Diego Rivera, Benny Benack III, Orquesta Ritmo, Thornetta Davis, Planet D Nonet, The Lowdown Brass Band, Sunny Wilkinson, Layers, Michael Dease, Root Doctor and Aguanko. The festival also features headliners Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Airmen of NoteCécile McLorin Salvant performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely?recorded jazz and blues compositions. Cécile’s “WomanChild” was nominated for the 2014 GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Cécile has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York’s Lincoln Center; Chicago’s Symphony Center; theKennedy Center; and the Detroit Jazz Festival.

The Airmen of Note are the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. They were assembled in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band, and is one of the last touring big bands. They have collaborated with many jazz luminaries, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson.

MSU Outreach and Engagement Education Stage

This performance area will give local high school and young up-and-coming jazz musicians an opportunity to perform on stage at a major jazz festival. The 2014 performers are ; Participants of the MSU Jazz Studies Big Band Symposium, The JAMM Scholarship Quartet featuring James Heinlein, The LCC Jazz Band, and The East Lansing High School Jazz Band. Click here to see the Education Stage schedule.


Jazz Kids Brings Family Fun

Families will love the hands-on, interactive children’s area coordinated by Wharton Center Inner Circle volunteers. The Jazz Kids family area will offer a number of jazz-inspired activities for kids of all ages. Kids can make Mardi Gras beaded necklaces, shakers, dance ribbons and other fun activities. The East Lansing Public Library and the Broad Art Museum will also offer jazzy activities.

In addition, children can play at the Impression 5 Science Center bubble table, paint at easel stations and participate in a variety of other activities.

Afterglows Feature Late-Night Encore Performances

After we zip up the Big Tent for the night…the party continues with an intimate jazz bistro performance at Peppino’s 213 Ann St., from 10:45 pm – 12:30 am. Join us on Friday, June 20 for Layers  and Saturday, June 21 for The Michael Dease Big Band

NEW! Kozmic Picnik and Second Line Parade

At 1pm on Saturday June 21 join us in the Sculpture Garden of the Broad Art Museum (547 East Circle Drive) for the Kozmic Picnik. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a tribute to avante garde jazz artist Sun Ra, played by Detroit’s own Planet D Nonet.

At 2:30pm,iImmediately following the Kozmic Picnik, will be a Second Line Parade with the Lowdown Brass Band, (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!

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Check out the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Facebook page! Click “like” to show your love and follow the festival.


The festival is produced by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker. The SSJF is a non-profit event that relies on the generosity of sponsors to bring FREE-to-the-community performances to more than 10,000 community members each year. A special thank you to our top sponsors: MSU Outreach and Engagement,  Liquid Web and MSU Federal Credit Union.

JAMM is going to participate in the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival’s First-ever Second Line Parade!

JAMM will march as a group in the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
Second Line Parade on June 21st!

Featuring Chicago’s Lowdown Brass Band, the parade steps off at 2:30om on Saturday, June 21.
It starts at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and ends at Ann Street Plaza/MSU Education Stage just in time for the 3:30 performance of The JAMM Scholarship Quartet and the drawing for the 2014 Sndy Izenson Scholarship!

The second line is a New Orleans tradition where groups follow the grand marshal and brass band–dancing, twirling parasols, waving handkerchiefs and handing out beads. It’s all about having a great time.

Come early for the Kozmic Picnik featuring Planet D Nonet’s Sun Ra Tribute! (1 pm in the Broad Sculpture Garden.)

For more details on marching with JAMM in the parade, email JAMM President Lois Mummaw, jammprez@gmail.com or just show up at 2:15 at The Broad and look for the JAMM Banner!

Volunteers needed for the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival!

Since 2010, JAMM has been a proud sponsor of East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival!

Interested in volunteering for the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival June 20-21, 2014? Click here for the2014 Volunteer Registration Form, which allows you to indicate your preferred volunteer position and shifts. Please return volunteer registration forms to:


Summer Solstice Jazz Festival


Attn: Benjamin Hall


410 Abbot Road


East Lansing, MI 48823