Michigan Jazz Festival

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Michigan Jazz Festival
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Background Information

Location

Schoolcraft College

Address

18600 Haggerty Rd.
Livonia MI 48152-2696

When

3rd Sunday in July

Time

Noon - 9:00 pm

Cost

Free

Active since

1995 - Present

Website

michiganjazzfestival.org

The mission of the Michigan Jazz Festival, Inc. a 503(c)(3) non profit, is to promote and encourage public interest, appreciation and support for jazz as a musical art form and a cultural resource. Toward this end, the organization will conduct an annual day-long Jazz Festival in the Southeastern area of Michigan. Various jazz artists and groups will be invited to perform. The event will be open to the public without cost to those attending.


History

In 1991 two big band leaders, John TrudeIl and Emil Moro, felt that many jazz festival organizers believed that only nationally-celebraty artists should be invited to play. They went to the Elkhart Jazz Festival in Indiana and met with bandleader Tom Saunders, who had some experience producing a festival. The Michigan Jazz Festival was about to become a reality and the first one was held at Freedom Hill in 1995. Attendance was sparse, but they dreamed on.

They knew that too many of Detroit’s jazz musicians had to leave Detroit to be recognized for their talents. The late Detroit drummer J.C. Heard once said, “Local? What does that mean? Everybody has to live somewhere.”

The concept of the Michigan Jazz Festival would be to showcase local talent and offer it at no charge, exposing young musicians to the music and taking it into the schools whenever possible. Musicians who were devoted to the furtherance of jazz and who were willing to play for union scale would be featured in this annual all-day event.

Jazz promoter Midge Ellis and Eileene Standley were asked to bring their organizational skills to the event and the festival moved to historic Botsford Inn and was a growing annual event from 1996 to 1998 until the Inn was sold to Botsford Hospital. Schoolcraft College was approached about its music department becoming a co-sponsors and moving the Festival there. Dr. Conway Jeffress, then Vice President for Instruction, thought it was a wonderful idea and the Festival moved to its present site. It has been presented there since 1999 with growing success and acclaim.

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.


Michigan Jazz Festival 2019 Line up

Salden Big Band Stage DIPONIO ROOM

  • 12:15 – 1:30 - Schoolcraft College Jazz Band
  • 2:00 – 3:15 - Scott Gwinnell Big Band
  • 3:45 – 5:00 - Ron Kischuck Masters of Music
  • 5:30 – 6:45 - CSO
  • 7:15 – 8:30 - Johnny Trudell Big Band

Cohen Rathskeller Stage LOWER WATERMAN

SEMJA Future of Jazz Stage HENRY’S CAFÉ

  • 12:00 - 1:00 - TBA
  • 1:30 - 2:30 - TBA
  • 3:00 - 4:00 - TBA
  • 4:30 - 5:30 - Playing with the Pros featuring Scott Gwinnell Trio
  • 6:00 - 7:00 - TBA

Bonten Presentation Stage KEHRL AUDITORIUM

  • 12:30 – 1:30 - Jannelle Reichman Quartet
  • 2:00 – 3:00 - Jerry McKenzie “Just Jazz”
  • 3:30 – 4:30 - Terry Lower Quartet featuring Edye Evans Hyde
  • 5:00 – 6:00 - Dave Tatrow’s Dixieland All-Stars
  • 6:30 – 7:30 - Cliff Monear Trio
  • 8:00 – 9:00 - Ursula Walker & the Buddy Budson Quintet

Leven Open Air Stage THE BIG TENT

  • 12:00 – 1:00 - Phil Ogilvie Rhythm Kings
  • 1:30 – 2:30 - Dave Bennett Quartet
  • 3:00 – 4:00 - Los Gatos
  • 4:30 – 5:30 - Rick Roe Trio
  • 6:00 – 7:00 - Hughes / Smith Quintet
  • 7:30 – 8:30 - Paul VornHagen Quartet

CABARET Stage

  • 12:15 - 1:15 - Ramona Collins / Pat Cronley
  • 1:30 - 2:30 - Sheila Landis / Rick Matle
  • 2:45 - 3:45 - Camille Price / David Thomas
  • 4:00 - 5:00 - Barbara Ware / Cliff Monear
  • 5:15 - 6:15 - Naima Shamborguer / Ian Finklestein
  • 6:30 - 7:30 - Joan Belgrave / Zen Zadravec

Vosgerchian SOLO PIANO Stage Rennolds Room

  • 12:15 - 1:15 - Bill Meyer
  • 1:30 - 2:30 - Terry Lower
  • 2:45 - 3:45 - Kerry Price
  • 4:00 - 5:00 - Jerry Perrine
  • 5:15 - 6:15 - Bob Seeley
  • 6:30 - 7:30 - Taslimah Bey

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