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Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Festival

March 23

The Annual Don Keranen Jazz Festival pays tribute to the founder of the Michigan Tech Jazz Studies Program. The weekend will feature former Count Basie Big Band trumpeter and Detroit native Kris Johnson. Kris’ music will be featured with the Research and Development Big Band  at the Friday 7:30 p.m. concert and with the Jazz Lab Band at the Saturday 6:00 p.m. concert.

Here’s this year’s lineup:

 • 7:30 p.m. Performance – Video Game Jazz Ensemble and the R&D Band with guest artist Kris Johnson. With an after-show at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock to follow.

 • 2:00 p.m. Masterclass – Jazz Studies Director Adam Meckler invites prospective Michigan Tech students and local middle and high school students to the Rozsa Center stage for a masterclass. Students will learn a tune by ear and are invited to open the 6 p.m. Saturday concert performing that tune. Participating students only need to bring their instruments. Piano, Drums, Bass, Vibes, and amplifiers will be provided. Contact Adam for more details.
 • 6:00 p.m. Performance – Lab Band with guest artist Kris Johnson, Trumpet
 • 9:00 p.m. Performance – JazTec and Workshop Brass Band

For more information and tickets, click here.


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