About this edition


As an added benefit, each artist has agreed to premiere a song, composition or arrangement that they’ve never performed publicly before.


Turner Street and River Stages are open-air. The Afterglow Stage is indoors at UrbanBeat. Attendees should be vaccinated or wear masks. Please show consideration of others.


Seating at JazzFest 2021 will be by ticket. Here’s why: In the past, beverages sales covered production expenses. Now, a variety of restaurants and bars have flourished in Old Town. While we love this (and take a bit of credit for it) we will not be running our own beverage tent. Instead beverages can be purshased at the Social District bars. Therefore ticket sales are how we can pay for the musicians, production crew, tables, chairs, etc.

We’ve priced tickets to cover expenses only. As a non-profit organization, your donations to MICA beyond a ticket purchase are truly needed and greatly appreciated.


By purchasing Members Only tickets, you get more than access to all three venues:
You also become a MICA sponsor—with perks like discounted admission to MICA events and MICA Gallery rental, a complimentary 2021 JazzFest poster 50% off t-shirts and more. Be a patron of the arts in Michigan!  


Old Town’s new designation as a Social District means festival goers can buy and consume and walk on the streets with appropriately labeled alcoholic beverages from their favorite bars and restaurants, while seeing all that JazzFest has to offer. Please support Old Town’s excellent establishments during JazzFest.



There will be three venues this year: the Turner Street Stage, the River Stage and the UrbanBeat Afterglow Stage. See the map for details. All will feature Member Only and Premier admission seating.

Order tickets at: bit.ly/MICAJazz21

or pick up at UrbanBeat 1213 Turner St. Lansing,
MI 48906 On Turner Street in “Old Town”

MichiganJazzFest.com • 517.371.4600  


Flint Jazz Festival returns to downtown.


Portions of the festival will be live-streamed.



International jazz legend Wycliffe Gordon joins us this year to headline a fundraiser for the Lawrence “Lo” Leathers (L3) Foundation, which provides scholarships and other assistance to emerging artists seeking higher education in the Performing Arts. The L3 Foundation was formed to memorialize Lawrence Leathers, the Lansing native and  gifted young musician who lost his life in 2019.  

Lo studied at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where he built on his talents before further honing them on the bandstand. Respected by the giants of contemporary jazz and appearing at major festivals worldwide, Lo won 2 consecutive Grammys performing with acclaimed singer Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support this 501 (c) 3 nonprofit’s important mission.   

Featuring artwork by:  Ammy Amorette

Her music, her painting, and her writing are unlike anything, however, she is in a dialogue with everything, which is one of the symptoms of an art that surprasses the ups and downs of the market, the petty scenes and brotherhoods, but beyond that, what she has been doing for more than twenty years is giving rhythm, color and words to a way of life. It is about expression, to be sure, but one where all the signs shine, sing and converse, which is at the same time a definition of life itself.


The Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art’s mission is to create open spaces where people can come together, meet old friends, make new friends, and in the context of the arts take action to bring about positive community transformation. MICA’s exhibitions in the visual arts and programs
in music, performance, film, and literature provide opportunities to entertain, educate and inspire. For more, see micharts.org

Save The Date


JazzFest relies on the efforts of people just like you. Please join us as a volunteer. In addition to free admission, you’ll meet some great people, get a cool 2021 JazzFest t-shirt, and know you’ve played an important role in your community. We also need folks for set-up and tear-down, before and after.

Visit MichArts.org/volunteer to sign up! Looking forward to hearing from you.



Terry Terry

Tammy Slavik

Tom Cathey

Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for community transformation through quality arts programming. Grants, donations, sponsorships and other revenues support art and artists.

David Barr

Brandon Leathers

Sarah Eyde