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

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

The Organization

The John Stites Jazz Artist Organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music.

Our Vision

Funds are allocated through a term endowment established for professional jazz musicians, jazz performances, and special events, including:

Our Values

The Organization honors the memory of John Stites and his commitment to:

Board of Directors

John recorded decades of live and studio performances with a master’s touch. His legacy is vast, and I am in awe of the man and his work.

Cara Lieurance

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