28th annual
Michigan Jazz Festival

The Michigan Jazz Festival returns to the Livonia campus of Schoolcraft College on Sunday, July 16, featuring a wide array of performers in a rich variety of jazz styles.

The majority of this year’s performers are new to the Festival, including the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and Dr. Prof. Leonard King’s Orchestra; vocalists Ellie Martin, Kimmie Horne, Kathy Kosins and Sky Covington; solo pianists Duncan McMillan, William Marshall Bennett, Brendon Davis and Michael Jellick; and small groups headed by Zen Zadravec, Andrew Rathbun, Ingrid Racine, Jonathan Blanchette, Dave Sharp, and many others. Regular favorites will be performing as well, including Bill Meyer, Terry Lower, Cliff Monear, and Dave Bennett. The full schedule can be found below as well as on the Festival’s website.

SEMJA has sponsored the Michigan Jazz Festival every year since 1996. This year we are providing financial support for jazz mentors that are assisting the MJF All-Star High School Jazz Band. As always, SEMJA will be staked out in our regular location in the Livonia Community Foundation’s Jazz Walk; please drop by for a visit.

Schoolcraft’s award-winning culinary program returns this year with great food, wine and craft beer.

It all happens at 18600 Haggerty Road near Seven Mile in Schoolcraft College’s VisTaTech Center. VisTaTech is undergoing an expansion that promises even more excitement in 2024. For this year, however, the construction project has reduced the number of simultaneous stages from seven to six. The festival nonetheless features thirty-five performances from noon to 9:00 p.m. A vocal clinic with Jiana Hunter precedes the festival at 10:30 a.m. All events are free.

Big Band Stage
Open Air Stage
DiPonio Room   The Big Tent
12:15 Dr. Prof. Leonard King Orchestra   12:00 Bill Meyer's SONEO
2:00 MJF All-Star H.S. Jazz Band   1:30 Sky Covington featuring Club Crescendo
3:45 Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra   3:00 Aguanko
5:30 CSO   4:30 Kimmie Horne & Friends
7:15 Jeff Trudell Big Band   6:00 Dave Bennett Quartet
      7:30 Zen Zadravec
Bill Bolle
Presentation Stage
  Cotton Club
Rathskeller Stage
Kehrl Auditorium   Lower Waterman
10:30 Jiana Hunter vocal clinic   12:15 Playing with the Pros
12:30 Terry Lower with Edye Evans Hyde   1:45 Detroit Office of Civil Defense
2:00 Charles Greene Trio   3:15 Ingrid Racine Quintet
3:30 Jonathan Blanchatte's Time-Jump   4:45 Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club
5:00 Ramona Collins   6:15 Andrew Rathbun Quartet
6:30 Signal Quartet   7:45 Kathy Kosins
8:00 Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet      
Solo Piano Room
  Sally Bolle
Cabaret Stage
Rennolds Room   Henry's Cafe
12:15 Duncan McMillan   12:00 Barbara Ware / Cliff Monear
1:30 William Marshall Bennett   1:15 Sandra Bomar / Don Barkowiak
3:00 Matthew Fries   2:30 Marvin Jones / Jay Valle
4:15 Rick Roe   3:45 Emma Aboukasm / Scott Gwinnell
5:30 Brendon Davis   5:00 Sunny Wilkinson / Ron Newman
6:45 Michael Jellick   6:15 Ellie Martin / Mike Harrison