Michigan Jazz Fest Expands

This year’s Michigan Jazz Fest at Schoolcraft College has stages both inside and outside; it also features a wider array of jazz styles than in previous years. This is a sign that we are entering a post-pandemic period with a renewed music program featuring artists that have never played the festival, like saxophonist Dave McMurray, trumpeter Allen Dennard and drummer Leonard King. There has also been an expansion in educational programs at the festival with improvisation clinics on a Clinic Stage, and a new All-Star High School Jazz Band featuring students from around the state. You will find a detailed schedule below. SEMJA will be present to greet members, and will be awarding scholarships to the student performers on the Future of Jazz Stage. As always Schoolcraft College will offer a comfortable setting for a jazz festival with air conditioning for those who need it.

The 27th annual Michigan Jazz Festival is Sunday, July 17, 2022, from noon to 9:00 p.m. The free clinics begin at 9:00 a.m. For more information see michiganjazzfestival.org.

Big Band Stage
Open Air Stage
DiPonio Room   The Big Tent
12:15 Planet D Nonet   12:00 Phil Ogilvie Rhythm Kings
2:00 MJF All-Star H.S. Jazz Band   1:30 Oopapada
3:45 Russ Miller and the Jazz Orchestra   3:00 Terry Lower with vocalist Edye Evans Hyde
5:30 CSO   4:30 Dave McMurray
7:15 Jeff Trudell Big Band   6:00 Dave Bennett Quartet
      7:30 Diego Rivera Quintet
Bill Bolle
Presentation Stage
  Jerry NcKenzie
Rathskeller Stage
Kehrl Auditorium   Lower Waterman
12:30 Allen Dennard Quintet   12:15 Russ Macklem Quintet
2:00 Jon-Erik Kellso and friends   1:45 Cary Kocher with Sarah D'Angelo
3:30 Louis Jones Quartet   3:15 Doc's Holiday Tribute Band
5:00 Anthony Stanco Quintet   4:45 Vincent Chandler Experience
6:30 Jonathon Muir-Cotton and Expressions   6:15 Ron Kischuk: Masters of Music Trombone
8:00 Sean Dobbins Trio   7:45 Lunar Octet
Solo Piano & More
  Livonia Community Fundation
Cabaret Stage
Rennolds Room   American Harvest Brewpub
12:30 Michael Malis   12:15 Olivia Van Goor / William Bennett
1:45 Bill Meyer   1:30 Lori LeFevre / Chris Buzzelli
3:15 Jordan Young Organ Trio   2:45 Barbara Ware / Cliff Monear
4:45 Ryan Bills / Trevor Lamb Sextet   4:00 Kate Patterson / Chuck Shermetaro
6:15 Matthew LoRusso Quintet   5:15 Naima Shamborguer / Sven Anderson
7:45 Brandon Williams   6:30 Jiana Hunter / Scott Gwinnell
Music Hall
Future of Jazz Stage
  Michigan Arts & Culture Council
Clinic Stage
12:00 Millenium Trio   9:00
Dwight Adams
Jazz Improvisation Clinic
1:30 Ellen Wallenfang Quintet  
3:00 Playing with the Pros   11:00
Ellie Martin
Jazz Vocal Improvisation Clinic
4:30 Notre Dame Prep Jazz Combo  
6:00 Nate Tropolewski Quartet