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

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

2022 Applications are Closed. Watch for 2023 Application Dates.


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

    Joel Mabus

    The John Stites Jazz Awards (JSJA) are funded by the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization, honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music.

    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 the Midwest