Now in its 17th year of bringing its unique blend of traditional big band and contemporary jazz arrangements to the summer venues of Michigan’s beautiful southwest region, the LAKE EFFECT JAZZ BIG BAND has become one of the premier big bands in the Midwest. This season, the band will be performing music from the classic big band libraries of jazz artists like Benny Goodman and Count Basie, and also showcasing the sounds of more contemporary ensembles and composers like Gordon Goodwin, Alan Baylock, and Quincy Jones. The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is committed to preserving the uniquely American art form of big band jazz.
The band is led by Steven L. Reed, retired instrumental music teacher for the St. Joseph Public Schools, where he taught jazz ensemble, orchestra, and band for 35 years. Several members of the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band are current or retired music educators and jazz education is a priority for the LEJBB.
The band performs between twelve and fifteen concerts each summer including Jazz Festivals, feature presentations at Lake Michigan College and Andrews University, full length concerts at the Box Factory in St. Joseph, and outdoor venues in Southwest Michigan cities and townships. Featured artists that have performed with the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band include vocalists Michelle Bythrow, Paul Mow, and Katie Rohrer, as well as local trombonist Ed Bagatini and Chicago vibraphonist Jim Cooper.
For more information about the LAKE EFFECT JAZZ BIG BAND, please go to www.lakeeffectjazz.org, or look us up on Facebook.
Steven L. Reed