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2022 PERFORMERS

The first of many amazing performers taking the stage at Michigan Jazzfest! We'll be announcing more artists in the next few weeks.

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The Pickle Mafia

From Nirvana to Ariana Grande and a slew of danceable originals, The Pickle Mafia brings an exciting variety to JazzFest. Started in May 2019, this group has already played over 60 shows across the New York state area, their mission being “to travel from city to city taking people on a musical journey together”.

THUR AUG 4 8:00pm UrbanBeat

FRI AUG 5 9:00pm River Stage

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Ritmo Patria

Ritmo Patria, directed by Mike Eyia will be perfoming original compositions by Gregg Hill and Cuban inspired jazz. Mike has shared the stage with a number of recording artists such as Los Lobos, Salsa great Oscar D’Leon, Pete Escovido, Wycliffe Gordon and others.

FRI AUG 5 6:00pm South Turner Stage

Vocalist Tiffany Gridiron with her sultry vocals and playful approach, built on influence by greats such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Gridiron has brought her sound internationally to excited audiences in the United States, Japan, Finland, and South Korea.

FRI AUG 5 8:00pm South Turner Stage

Luther Allison is an exciting act for all audiences. Based in New York, Allison is a multi-instrumentalist performer who specializes in piano and drums. He has performed nationally and internationally alongside many great names, and can be recognized as the current pianist for Generation Y Quintet. Luther truly keeps the love of jazz performance alive.

THUR AUG 49:30pm UrbanBeat

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Luther Allison

Tom Duffield

Tom Duffield’s piano work has been a part of the jazz and blues scene for decades. His repertoire includes interpretations of the standards as well as some surprises. A regular at music festivals on the west side of the state, we are glad to have him at the JazzFest Michigan.

FRI AUG 5  5:00pm • 7:30pm • 9:30pm 

SAT AUG 6  3:30pm

UrbanBeat

Dan Templin and Kelly Sandula-Gruner’s approach to performing and a shared love of singing jazz standards led to the formation of Clique. The duo performs with the Lansing Concert Big Band as featured vocalists.

FRI AUG 5 7:00pm  River Stage

SAT AUG 6 7:30pm  UrbanBeat

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Clique Vocals

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School of Rock

School of Rock bands perform on stage at local venues. Jazzfest Michigan provides a great opportunity not only for building musical ability but for building confidence, collaboration, and social skills - not to mention it’s the most fun way to learn an instrument! 

FRI AUG 5 7:00pm 9:00pm

SAT AUG 6 5:00pm  7:00pm

North Turner Stage

Michigan-native Walter White has an extensive background in jazz performance, formed by his expressive-trumpet playing. His playing can be heard on many famous soundtracks, including those of TAXI and The Cosby Show. White has an impressive recording arsenal, including “Breaking Good”, a record that reached into the

Top 20 on the Jazz Week charts.

FRI AUG 5 10:00pm

 South Turner Stage

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Walter White
& Friends

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Tiffany Gridiron

“The Sam Corey Quartet” featuring, Kasan Belgrave, Rufus Ferguson and Joshua Watkins is a musical collective of musicians deeply influenced by the sounds of Detroit. The quartet will play a set from 11pm-12am, followed by a band-led jam session with other festival musicians until 1:30 am.

FRI AUG 5 AFTERGLOW  11:00pm

UrbanBeat 

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Sam Coray
& Friends

JAMM Scholarship Band

SAT AUG 6  3:00pm  River Stage 

Hip Notes

Hip Notes is a four-piece group playing high energy music, ballads, Latin music, and funk style modern jazz.  The members are all local seasoned musicians who have toured with some of the greats such as Joe Cocker, Mica Paris, B Angie B, Mark Farner, Les Sabler, Manfredo Fest, Marty Balin to name a few. Band members are Trent Harris, Pauleo Ojibway, Gino Parker and Ruben Drake.

SAT AUG 6 2:00pm South Turner Stage 

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Brian Charette Trio

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Michael J Reed 

Performing throughout the Midwest and New York, East Lansing’s own jazz drummer Michael J. Reed, has been leading his own groups to play at many venues, and recently released his second album, “Remove All Fear”. Come see this musician’s growing, impressive career in action.

SAT AUG 6 4:00pm

South Turner Stage 

Don’t miss NYC-based organist/pianist Brian Charette’s modern jazz. This musician has been performing extensively in both Europe and in the United States, while receiving rave reviews on his nineteen albums - many of which have been in the Jazzweek and Itunes top 20.

SAT AUG 6 5:00pm  River Stage 

Olivia Van Goor is a young vocalist with an old soul influenced by swing and bebop jazz, with a rich musicality unique to herself that still pays tribute to jazz tradition. This Southeast Michigan performer has been seen at historic Detroit clubs, such as Cliff Bell’s and Aretha’s Jazz Cafe at Music Hall. Watch her performance for that which is beyond replicating what has been done before.

SAT AUG 6 6:00pm South Turner Stage

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Olivia Van Goor

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Reuben Stump Trio

The Reuben Stump Trio has been playing together in various ensembles for the past 3 years, performing standards. The Trio features: Reuben Stump - bass and vocals, Lansing pianist Eric Banitt and from Marquette drummer Eliza Salem. The trio will perform from 11pm-12am, followed by a band-led jam session with other festival musicians until 1:30 am.

SAT AUG 6 7:00pm  River Stage

AFTERGLOW  11:00pm   UrbanBeat

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Minor Element

All-instrumental, jazz fusion band Minor Element are a must-see. Audiences can expect a groove with complexity, as this group draws inspiration from any sound including jazz, rock, and gospel. Made up by nine members of diverse musical backgrounds, this group is bringing a special experience.

SAT AUG 6 8:00pm  South Turner Stage 

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Elden Kelly

Elden Kelly brings remarkable flare to JazzFest 2022 with Carolyn Koebel (Percussion) and Denis Shebukhov (Bass). Kelly’s genre of jazz stretches the expectations of audiences with his engaging performance, with foundations in both traditional bases and fusions. Don’t miss Elden and his recognizably outstanding music.

SAT AUG 6 9:00pm  River Stage 

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496 West

496 West offers soulful vocals, a powerhouse horn section, killer keys, silky strings, and indispensable percussions grounded in the soul, smooth jazz, and R&B genres with a sprinkling of the blues and gospel jazz.

SAT AUG 6 10:00pm

South Turner Stage