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Jazz Festival

Downtown Hastings – April 28, 29, 30 2016

TAC Jazz Festival 2016

History

Started in 2003, the Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival has grown to be the largest jazz festival of its kind matching more student groups and performers to professional jazz musicians through its clinician program than any other festival in the United States.  This non-competitive festival puts education and jazz promotion and appreciation at its core.  The festival draws over 10,000 people and provides a weekend of free jazz performance to the public and the chance for student groups to come in from around the state to work with professional musicians.  Headlining performance are available for a small fee allowing residents of rural Barry County and the surrounding area the opportunity to experience acts like the internationally known Four Freshmen.

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2016 Festival Feature Concerts and Workshops

Friday, April 29 – Band Shell (Rain Venue: Methodist Church Hall)

  • Noon – Workshop with Cannonball Trumpet artist Rayse Biggs
  • 2:00 pm – Western Michigan University Jazz Quartet
  • 5:15 pm – Rayse Biggs Quartet Canceled

Friday, April 29 – Walldorff Ballroom

  • 10:00 pm – Late Night with the Thornapple Jazz Orchestra (must be 21+)

2016 Festival Headliners

Thursday, April 28 – 5:00 pm – Thornapple Plaza
Andy Narell in concert with Mott Steelheads, directed by Jim Coviak

Thursday, April 28 – 8:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church
Thornapple Jazz Orchestra with special guest, Brandon Cooper

Friday, April 29 – 8:00 pm – Central Auditorium
Western Michigan University Songbird
This is a ticketed concert.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. 

Saturday, April 30 – 5:30 pm – Thornapple Plaza Ampitheatre
United States Navy Liberty Call Big Band
(Rain Venue: Hastings Middle School Gym)

Saturday, April 30 – 7:30 – Central Auditorium
River City Jazz Ensemble (Middle and High School All Star Bands will open)
This is a ticketed concert.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. 

2016 Full Schedule

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2016 Full Jazz Festival Schedule

Combos at State Grounds Coffee House

Thursday

Caledonia High School Combo Kyle Wellfare 10:00 AM
Jackson High School Combo II Joel Shaner 11:30 Am
Loy Norrix High School Combo Dennis Shebukhov 1:30 PM

Friday

West Michigan Home School Combo Larry Moore 10:00 AM
Whitehall High School Combo  Matt Raab 11:00 AM
East Lansing High School Combo Dave Larzelere 12:00 PM
Jackson Northwest High School Combo Bryan Mangiavellano 3:00 PM

Saturday

SMC Jazz Combo Fredrick Patrick 10:00 AM
Cheboygan High School Combo Andy Dunham 11:00 AM
Royal Oak High School Dave Jensen 1:30 PM

Music In The Restaurants

Thursday

Seasonal Grille Tony LaJoye and Kyle Wellfare 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
County Seat Lounge Fred Degennaro 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Walldorff Bistro Tom Hagen 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Friday

Seasonal Grille Edye Evans-Hyde and Michael Hyde 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Seasonal Grille  Lutley/Degennaro Duo 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Walldorff Brewpub Tony LaJoye and Kyle Wellfare 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Walldorff Brewpub My Thin Place 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
County Seat Lounge Mike Skory 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
County Seat Lounge Mike Skory and Lisa B 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Saturday

Seasonal Grille Tony LaJoye and Kyle Wellfare 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Seasonal Grille Tony LaJoye and Kyle Wellfare 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Walldorff Brewpub Elliott Bild Quartet 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Walldorff Brewpub Elliott Bild Quartet 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
County Seat Lounge Rush Clement 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM