Honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music

John Stites Jazz Awards

Honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music

September 27, 2021 update: The application deadline has been extended to October 15.

The John Stites Jazz Awards (JSJA) are funded by the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization.

The organization funds:

  • Advanced studies for emerging and established professional jazz musicians
  • Concerts, competitions and projects that expand jazz audiences and the appreciation of jazz in or near communities in Southwest Michigan

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John was kind and patient with great attention to details. He loved good music of all sorts...

Joel Mabus