Aug. 7 & 8 | Jazz comes to the streets of Old Town, surrounded by art galleries, unique retail stores and grand architecture.
The WKAR production team heads to Lansing JazzFest this weekend to capture acts live onstage for the next broadcast season of BackStage Pass, the TV series featuring music made in Michigan. BackStage Pass will be recording a number of acts at Lansing JazzFest, August 7 and 8, on the MICA Stage, including:
Paul Keller Orchestra, Friday 7-8pm
Leader and bassist Paul Keller along with vocalist Sarah D'Angelo make up one of Michigan’s finest, oldest, most-respected and well-traveled jazz big bands.
Tony Monaco / Fareed Haque Trio, featuring Randy Gelispie, Friday, 9:30-11pm
International success and organ player, Monaco, showcases flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Modern guitar virtuoso Haque combines classical and jazz traditions with his experience in Latin fusion and the jazz side of Sting. The trio is completed by extraordinary jazz drummer Gelispie who has traveled to hundreds of clubs, and played with jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie and Etta Jones.
George Delancey, Saturday 4-5:30pm
An NYC based jazz bassist – is no stranger to the Lansing area, having been part of MSU Jazz Studies (a student of bassist Rodney Whitaker).
Betty Joplin, Saturday 6:30-8pm
A legendary singer and pianist, Betty Joplin has performed with Arthur Prysock and toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. This Grammy Award nominee's voice has been compared to Aretha Franklin's.
Grupo Aye, Saturday 9-10:30pm
Grupo Ayé is a high energy, brass-kicking Afro-Caribbean/Salsa band–a Latin orchestra that ignites any venue in which they perform, with their program of original music and Latin covers — a mixture of Cuban Timba, Salsa, Bachata, Merengué and Latin Jazz — all of it irresistibly danceable.
Visit Lansing JazzFest's website to learn more about this great time in Lansing's Old Town