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history

Over the years, the scope of the festival — with paid performers, including those of national and regional stature; three stages and 20 hours of programming; addition of clinics, workshops and children’s activities — has grown to bring in close to 5,000 attendees per year, making sponsors and volunteers more important than ever!

Since its inception, JazzFest has welcomed such renowned artists as TS Monk, Stanley Jordan, Hot Club of Detroit, Tim Cunningham, Johnny O’Neal, Rayse Biggs, Mose Allison, Michael Kaeshammer, the Professors of Jazz at MSU (Derrick Gardner, Randy Gelispie, Diego Rivera, Rick Roe, Rodney Whitaker, Sunny Wilkinson), Terell Stafford, Marcus Belgrave, Dr. E, Nicole Mitchell, John Douglas, Francis Kofi, Betty Joplin, Tyrone Johnson, Straight Ahead, Orrick Ewing, and numerous regional and local acts. Click HERE for a more complete lists of past artists.

Please take a look at our outdoor mural that showcases a history of JazzFest and BluesFest posters in Old Town Lansing.

JazzFest is produced by MICA (Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art). WLNZ and MessageMakers remain founding supporters of JazzFest, along with other corporate sponsors and a committed team of over 150 volunteers.

JazzFest is THE place to enjoy the soothing rhythms and contagious beat of cool jazz tunes on a hot summer weekend!

past performers

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Donate

We rely on the generous donations of our community and patrons to allow us to produce free and low cost programming for our community. Please help us continue by giving here (This will take you to a secure page to make a donation into our MICA account):

Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art

1210 Turner St.

Lansing, MI 48906

517.371.4600

MICA@micharts.org

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