Now in its 22nd 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 continues to be one of the premier big bands in the Midwest.  Specializing in new arrangements of classic standards, new compositions for contemporary big bands, and golden oldies,  the band will be performing music from the libraries of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Pat Metheny and others.   The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is committed to preserving the uniquely American art form of big band jazz in concert and jazz festival settings across Southwest Michigan.

 

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, 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, Katie Rohrer, Lisa Dabrowski, Andrew Fisher, Becky Selvidge and Chicago jazz vocalist Tammy McCann.  Instrumental soloists have included local trombonist Ed Bagatini, Chicago vibraphonist Jim Cooper, Ann Arbor alto saxophonist Doug Horn, and Grand Rapids area percussionist Kevin “Bujo” Jones.

 

The LEJBB is especially proud to be headlining the South Haven Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 17th, 2022 and will be featuring  the amazing Wayne Bergeron from Los Angeles as our soloist for the festival.

 

Wayne Bergeron is undoubtedly the busiest and most well known lead trumpet player of our time having performed on over 400 movie scores and TV productions including the 2004 Disney/Pixar production of “The Incredibles”.  Wayne was the lead trumpet in Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band in the 1980’s,  is presently the lead trumpet of the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band and the principal trumpet of the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

 

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, Director

stevereed52@yahoo.com

(269) 277-3317

 

Brad Jensen, Manager

bjensen@jenesisinc.com

(269) 313-1604

 

 

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