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

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

2024 – NEW YEAR - NEW AWARDS PROCESS!
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2022Winners Twin Cities Jazz Festival

2022 Cycle 2 Award Winner Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Posted March 14, 2023

JSJA funds will be used to support Christian McBride as a headliner for the 2023 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. We strongly feel McBride, along with increased media coverage, will attract a broader and more diverse audience including new jazz fans. The Twin Cities Jazz Festival and jazz in general needs to attract new and younger audiences to keep the art form alive into the future.  In addition to the performance, McBride will host a masterclass/clinic in a local Twin Cities school.  All Twin Cities Jazz Festival concerts and clinics are accessible and free for all to attend. The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is deeply honored to be a JSJA award winner. John Stites inspired many of us to keep the artform of jazz alive and to inspire new generations.

Submitted by TCJF

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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.

The organization funds advanced studies for emerging and established professional jazz musicians, as well as personal development projects which enhance their career opportunities.