Marion Hayden Receives SEMJA Award

Bassist, bandleader, and educator Marion Hayden received SEMJA’s Ron Brooks Award at the Michigan Jazz Festival Father’s Day Brunch on June 19. Music was provided by Detroit’s Straight Ahead group with bassist Hayden, violist Leslie DeShazor, pianist Alina Morr, drummer Gayelynn McKinney and vocalist Kymberli Wright. We were treated to a nice buffet as well in the comfortable confines of Schoolcraft College. Many thanks to MJF director Bart Polot who is also a SEMJA Board member, and busy photographer Jeff Dunn who is now on the MJF Board.