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

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

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LEJBB 2023

2023 Cycle 1 Award Winner Lake Effect Jazz Big Band

Posted September 7, 2023

The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band from St. Joseph, Michigan, now in its 24th year of bringing traditional and contemporary jazz arrangements to the summer venues of Michigan’s Southwest region, will be headlining the South Haven Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 16th, at 7:00 pm.  The festival is held at the Huron Street Pavilion in downtown South Haven and is a FREE two day jazz festival featuring many of the area’s finest jazz musicians and bands.

The LEJBB is proud to be featuring John Clayton, composer, arranger, educator, and jazz bassist extraordinaire, as our guest soloist for the event!  John Clayton’s appearance has been made possible by a generous grant from the John Stites Jazz Award Organization from Kalamazoo, Michigan.  John Clayton is a Grammy winner with nine additional nominations, is Diana Krall’s bass player and co-founded the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

John is dedicated to motivating and inspiring present and future jazz musicians through educational workshops and masterclasses throughout the US and around the world.  As a key component of the John Stites Jazz Award, John will be holding a FREE masterclass at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 16th, titled “Rhythm Section BASSics for the Modern Jazz Band”.  This Masterclass is part of the South Haven Jazz Festival and will be held in the Auditorium at South Haven High School.

For more information see lakeeffectjazz.org and southhavenjazzfestival.com.

Submitted by LEJBB

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John loved music with all his heart and was the ideal recording engineer – a profession into which he poured all his considerable talents and artistry.

Dan Gustin

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