Dear Mid-Michigan Jazz Lovers,
We hope this post finds you and your family well. In these times of social distancing and venue closings, a live public space gathering of jazz musicians and their jazz-loving fans is impossible. Because JAMM’s mission is “to preserve and promote the tradition of Live Jazz across Mid-Michigan”, the Board of Directors of the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan has decided to distribute $200 individual grants to Professional Mid-Michigan Jazz Musicians who are struggling financially because of cancelled gigs. These grants do not have to be repaid and any Professional Mid-Michigan Jazz Musician may apply.
To find out more about getting a grant, contact JAMM President at email@example.com or by text at 517-242-1126 to access the confidential grant application process.
I spoke with Kevin Lavery from WKAR about the grant, you can listen to the interview here.
Peace, Love and Long Live Live Jazz,
Lois Mummaw, JAMM President
***WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS***
PLEASE HELP JAMM DISTRIBUTE MORE GRANTS TO
PROFESSIONAL MID-MICHIGAN JAZZ MUSICIANS!
To donate in any amount, use the “Donate” button on the homepage – or – checks may be made out and sent to:
PO Box 1792
East Lansing, MI 48826
JAMM honors Mike Stratton for his significant contribution to jazz in Mid-Michigan on Sunday November 10th; 2-5 pm at UrbanBeat Event Center
Advance ticket sales closed. Tickets available at the door.
Mike Stratton has been the volunteer producer and host of one of the longest running jazz radio programs in Michigan, The Vinyl Side of Midnight (VSM), which is LIVE every Sunday night from 9 to midnight and repeated Friday evenings 7 to 9 p.m. VSM broadcasts from Lansing Community College (LCC) Radio, 89.7FM, WLNZ, or online at www.LCCRadio.org.
Attend the JAMM Tribute Concert and hear many of the musicians Mike has interviewed over the years–Rodney Whitaker, Betty Joplin, Randy Gelispie, Jeff Shoup and more!
In conjunction with his role as a DJ, Mike has emceed numerous festivals over the years–East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, Lansing Old Town Jazz and Blues Festivals as well as the Detroit Jazz Festival. He’s had the honor to give several preview lectures at the Wharton Center for the Arts over the past dozen years.
Advance tickets available HERE
$5.00 Student tickets at the door only
JAMM is so fortunate to be able to bring Mardra and Reggie Thomas to perform at JAMM Headquarters on September 22, 2019. Their CD “MATTERS OF THE HEART” is a perfect blend of jazz, soul & pop and was recorded here in Lansing.
BUY TICKETS HERE >>
“Mardra Thomas has the impeccable phrasing of Nancy Wilson, and also the sharp tang reminiscent of Eartha Kitt. Reggie Thomas’s piano stylings are so subtly supportive, but then blossom into beautifully melodic solo touches and motifs.
Grounded by Rodney Whitaker’s deep woody sound on acoustic bass, there are flourishes via Perry Hughes guitar or Diego Rivera’s sax. The drummer [Montez Coleman] is impeccable.”
-Mike Stratton WLNZ LCC Radio
The “Matters of the Heart” CD can be purchase these locations:
cdbaby.com , iTunes.com or get your copy on 9/22/19 at the “Matters of the Heart” Jazz Brunch.
JAMM has the incredible opportunity to host two New Orleans legends on Monday August 12th. The concerts of duo Tom McDermott (piano) and Evan Christpher (clarinet) are like attending a master class in New Orleans music/musicians– they are both masters of jazz history and their instruments!
Two Sets–7:00 & 9:00
1267 Lakeside Drive East Lansing
$25 (JAMM Members $20)
Both sets $40 (JAMM Members $30)
Buy Tickets Here >>
Tom McDermott is one of New Orleans’ prominent pianists and composers. In his 35 years in Nola, he’s played a wide variety of traditional piano musics: rag, trad jazz, boogie, stride, Brazilian choro, and the New Orleans piano tradition from Louis Moreau Gottschalk thru Jelly Roll Morton and Henry Butler. This spring he received his 7th review in the New York Times, from Jon Pareles: Tom McDermott mastered fearsome Jelly Roll Morton compositions like the aptly-titled Finger Breaker. He is a local luminary who deserves to be better-known.” Listen here.
Evan Christopher combines virtuosity, immaculate taste, and enthusiasm with a commitment to exploring the full range of possibilities in the New Orleans clarinet tradition.His highly personal brand of “contemporary, early jazz” strives to extend the legacies of early Creole clarinet heroes such as Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard and Omer Simeon. Listen here.
JAMM PRESENTS our Spring Fundraiser Concert featuring Jazz Guitarist, Randy Napoleon and Jazz Singer, Melissa Morgan. Get your advance tickets HERE for either the 7:00 or 9:00 show on Saturday April 20th. Act now to make sure you get a seat for this once-in-a-blue-moon pairing of the “soulful and smart” jazz guitar professor and the “interesting, sassy, and sexy” rising star singer.
We’re working on a project that will take a bit of time to complete, so stay tuned!
We are assembling all audio and when available, all video of past JAMM Tributes and other events. We have quite an archive thanks to the work of JAMM Volunteers!
So far, what we appear to be in need of, if you have them, are photographs from some of the Tributes. If you have any, please email a note to firstname.lastname@example.org, to let us know. Don’t just send photos, please. If you have videos as well, write to let us know.
The main Tribute events we need materials for are:
Sandy Izenson and Patti Richards, especially photos. We have audio for both.
It’s great fun to listen to some of these, after all these years! Here’s a teaser for you, from The Second Annual JAMM Tribute to the late Patti Richards. Singing here, Betty Joplin, who was friends with Patti and shares a bit about that here as well.
Patti Richards Tribute
Freddy Cole, shown here with well-known jazz guitarist and educator, Randy Napoleon.
International recording artist Freddy Cole will pay a special visit to East Lansing soon! He sings as well as plays the piano, upright bass and guitar. His successful career has spanned five decades and is still flourishing today.
We hope to hear a song or two from his latest CD, honoring his late brother, the wonderful Nat King Cole. The title is “He Was the King.”
MSU Professor and jazz guitarist Randy Napoleon helped make all this happen. He tours regularly with Mr. Cole and will be playing, as well. at this show.
This special event is on Wednesday, August 22nd 7-8:30 pm. Tickets for the first show sold out so quickly that a second show has been added, starting at 9 pm. Use the same link below if interested in attending that show. Student tickets are being offered for this second show only at a cost of $10 each.
1267 Lakeside Drive, East Lansing
Student Tickets, 9pm show only: $10
Purchase tickets here.
Proceeds from this special show will benefit the Sandy Izenson JAMM Scholarship Fund, given each year to a high school student to pursue their jazz studies after graduation.
Voting ends at midnight July 30. Input and replies from members and donors has been truly wonderful and exciting. As of the 29th, we literally have no idea who the choice will be.
How cool is that? It’s an indication of the vast range of knowledge among our members, and a great appreciation for the jazz community all around them.
The winner will be announced live at the JAMM Scholarship Group’s
Lansing Jazz Festival
performance on Saturday, Aug. 4th at 4:30.
See full schedule and details at link above.
One last time, these are the finalists:
Gary Allen-nominated for his contributions to jazz, his mastery of guitar and for the lives he’s influenced. Through the love of his art, and his affable, inclusive personality, Gary is generous with his music and his encouragement. He is a seasoned master jazz musician and a good friend to many. A Founding Member of JAMM, he has been a Stockbridge, MI resident for the past several years, Gary has played all over the country and in Europe in bands big and small, and has rubbed shoulders or played with such jazz masters as Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Paul Gonsalves, Ira Sullivan, David Sanborn and more. For a series he created at the Stockbridge Public Library, where residents appreciate him very much, Gary has discussed episodes of his own life in music as well as selected aspects, eras and artists of jazz and blues. A portion of every session has been devoted to Gary playing a few tunes for an appreciative audience on his 1952 Gibson electric guitar.
Jeff Shoup-nominated for founding the series, “Jazz Tuesdays at Moriarty’s Pub” and his weekly stewardship of stellar jazz musicians featured each week. Besides being an MSU Jazz Studies graduate and a great jazz drummer, Jeff has spent countless hours supporting JAMM by working with the Board to host the JAMM Member Mixer on the Second Tuesday in January, organizing the 2013 JAMM Tribute Honoree Concert for his mentor and teacher Randy Gelispie, and, as artistic director of Lansing JazzFest, making sure that the JAMM Scholarship Band and the current JAMM Tribute Honoree get a gig each year.
Mike Stratton-nominated for his extraordinary support of the jazz community in Mid-Michigan and beyond. A Founding Member of JAMM, Mike has given of his time emceeing at jazz festivals for many years. He has been educating audiences on radio, a voluntary role, on LCC Radio for 21-plus years on a weekly basis on LCC Radio, with his Vinyl Side of Midnight program. Live on Sunday nights, the show has a vast listenership in mid-Michigan and beyond. Thanks to the Internet and the rebroadcast of his show on Taintradio.org., Mike gives exposure to countless mid-Michigan musicians through interviews on his show and playing of their music. He’s a lifelong student of jazz, always aware of who has a new CD or is doing something groundbreaking. The love and knowledge of jazz history in Mike’s heart and mind are almost enviable!
Thank you very much to all of you who submitted nominations for the 2019 JAMM Tribute Honoree. As a result of a blind, weighted vote, the current JAMM Board and Past JAMM Tribute Honorees have whittled that list of names sent in down to these three deserving individuals:
Gary Allen, Jeff Shoup, and Mike Stratton
Congratulations to all three of you!
If you are a 2018 JAMM Member or Donor, you will be receiving an email shortly to vote for your top choice to be 2019’s JAMM Tribute Honoree. The celebration will be held in November. Details forthcoming.
If you are not sure you are a paid and up-to-date member, email email@example.com to find out. To become a member or to renew a past membership, visit www.jazzjamm.com. Simple, easy process.
Thank you so much to everyone who submitted the name of a nominee for our 2019 JAMM Tribute Honoree. As you likely know, the celebration and event takes place each November. That date and information will be forthcoming by the end of summer, so you can all plan ahead and “save the date.”
The next step in this process, to finalize who will be the Honoree, will be to organize and tally the names that came to us, discern who the top three names are, and send those to all JAMM members to vote on.
Again, stay tuned here, read your weekly e-news, sent on Saturdays, and/or keep in touch on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jazzjamm.
Shown here, tremendous party and Tribute to Randy Gelispie!