Lineup announced for Michigan Jazz Festival 2022 – The Oakland Press

The lineup for the 27th annual Michigan Jazz Festival, held at Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center in Livonia, was announced this week.

The free, one-day event will begin at noon on Sunday, July 17 and will feature more than 40 local bands and jazz artists from Detroit and the surrounding area on seven different stages. Schoolcraft College is a major sponsor of the annual event, which has been held at the school since 1999.

This year marks the first live in-person event since 2019 – the 2020 event
was canceled due to COVID-19 and in 2021 was presented virtually.

New to the festival this year is the Michigan Jazz Festival All-Star High School Band under the
directed by Vincent Chandler. The band will perform at 2 p.m. on the Salden Big Band Stage. Also
new for 2022 are two in-person jazz education clinics. Dwight Adams – Jazz Improv Clinic (9
am) and Eli Martin – Jazz vocal improvisation clinic (11 a.m.)

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The full 2022 lineup includes:

• Allen Dennard Quintet
• Anthony Stanco Quintet
• Barbara Ware
• Bill Meyer
• Brandon Williams
• Cary Kocher and Sarah D’Angelo Group
• Craig Strain Orchestra
• Dave Bennett Quartet
• Dave McMurray
• Diego Rivera Quintet
• Doc’s Holiday Tribute Band (Sven Andersen)
• Dwight Adams
• Ellen Wallenfang Quintet
• Ellie Martin
• Jeff Trudell Big Band
• Jiana Hunter
• Jonathan Muir-Cotton and Expressions
• Jon-Erik Kellso and friends
• Jordan Young Organ Trio
• Kate Patterson
• Leonard King and Oopapada
• Lori LeFèvre
• Louis Jones Quartet
• Lunar byte
• Matthew LoRusso Quintet
• Michel Malis
• MJF All-Star High School Big Band featuring Dwight
• Adams (Vincent Chandler, conductor)
• Naima Shamborger
• Nate Topolewski Quartet
• Notre Dame Prep Jazz Ensemble
• Olivier Mayman
• Olivia Van Goor
• Kings of Rhythm by Phil Ogilvie
• Planet D Nonet
• Ron Kischuck: Masters of Music Trombones
• Russ Miller and the Jazz Orchestra
• Ryan Bills / Trevor Lamb Quintet
• Play with the pros (Gwinnell, Hayden and McKinney)
• Trio by Sean Dobbins
• Bottom Trio Terry
• Vincent Chandler Experience

Bandleaders John Trudell, Emil Moro and Tom Sanders created Michigan’s first jazz festival in
1995 at Freedom Hill. The Festival moved to the Botsford Inn in 1996 and to Schoolcraft College in

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Willie J. Johnson