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

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

CYCLE 2 AWARD APPLICATION DEADLINE - MIDNIGHT SEPTEMBER 15

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Posted March 15, 2022

Pictured (from left): Jessica Mallow Gulley, KSO Executive Director; Tom Knific; Larry Brown, South Haven Jazz Festival; and Dann Sytsma, KNAC Director.

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This world needs more of him, not less.

Ray Kamalay

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