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

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

Tim Collins / WBCK

Interview with Tim Collins, WBCK

Posted August 12, 2021

Tim Collins of WBCK talked with musicians who played in bands and recorded with John and the significance of both his musical legacy and the endowment he made to support jazz in this community.

Kalamazoo Recording Engineer’s Music Legacy Lives on with Jazz Artist Trust (WBCK)

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Recording with John was always a treat ... his gentle demeanor was deeply appreciated.

Mark Sahlgren

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 Southwest Michigan