Lake Effect Jazz Big Band

Saturday, August 29 at 7:30 pm


Lake Effect Jazz Big Band with guest vibraphonist Jim Cooper @

Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St. St. Joseph, MI
$10 adults; $8 seniors and students; free for children under 12

Now in its 15th 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 composers like Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie, but also showcasing the sounds of more contemporary ensembles and composers like Pat Metheny, Gordon Goodwin, and Tom Kubis. The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is committed to preserving the uniquely American art form of big band jazz. Our mission is to promote the art of JAZZ through performance, education, and community outreach.

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.

Vibraphonist and composer Jim Cooper ( will be featured at the concert. He has been playing the vibes for over 40 years, leading numerous groups, appearing as both soloist and sideman. A native Chicagoan, he was influence by that city’s healthy, vibrant music scene. He has performed with Ira Sullivan, Chicago pianists Bob Dogan and Gene Esposito, Detroit clarinetist Dave Bennett, organist Jim Alfredson, Buddy de Franco, Victor Goines, Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble among others.

His performances include the Chicago Jazz Festival, Sutton’s Bay Jazz Festival, Lansing MI Jazz Festival, Grand Rapids Jazz Festival, West Michigan Jazz Society, Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase, Green Mill and Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. He also has been making sessions at Small’s Jazz Club and The Fat Cat in New York City.

Tix are available at the door.  Get there a little early as this concert will probably sell out. Tickets online at


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