named 2019 JAMM Tribute Honoree
ONLY 6 VOTES SEPARATED THE TOP THREE NOMINEES
Jeff Shoup-nominated for the founding of Jazz Tuesdays at Moriarty's Pub and his weekly stewardship of stellar jazz musicians featured each week. Besides being an MSU Jazz Studies graduate and a great jazz drummer, Jeff has spent countless hours supporting JAMM by working with the Board to host the JAMM Member Mixer on the Second Tuesday in January, organizing the 2013 JAMM Tribute Honoree Concert for his mentor and teacher Randy Gelispie, and, as artistic director of Lansing JazzFest, making sure that the JAMM Scholarship Band and the current JAMM Tribute Honoree get a gig each year.
Gary Allen-nominated for his contributions to jazz and the lives he's influenced. Through his love of his art, and his affable, inclusive personality Gary
is generous with his music and his encouragement. He is a seasoned master jazz musician and a good friend to many. Gary is a Founding Member of JAMM who has toured the country with the Les Elgart Orchestra, worked as the house guitarist at the Blue Temple in Saugatuck and performed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
Mike Stratton-nominated for his extraordinary support for the jazz community in Mid-Michigan and beyond. He's given of his time emceeing at jazz festivals and volunteering for JAMM. Mike has been spreading the jazz love on LCC Radio for 21-plus years on a weekly basis with his listeners on LCC Radio's Vinyl Side of Midnight show on Sunday nights which has a listenership in mid-Michigan and beyond, thanks to the Internet and the rebroadcast of his show on Taintradio.org. He has given exposure to countless mid-Michigan musicians through interviews on his show. He's a student of jazz - he's always up on who has a new CD or is doing something groundbreaking. And the history of jazz crammed into his brain is something to be envied.
Save the date for the annual JAMM Tribute Concert honoring Jeff Shoup
Sunday, November 11, 2018