March 18 2013 12:00 AM

Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan holds Saturday mixer and membership drive

Friday, Nov. 11 —  When it comes to the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan’s
Saturday mixer and membership drive, don’t believe everything you read.

Despite what the posters for the event may say, students
will not be charged admission.

“So much of the great jazz around town comes from students
from Lansing Community College and Michigan State University’s jazz studies
programs,” said Candice Wilmore, a founding member of JAMM. Wilmore said she
and the other founding members of JAMM decided students are strapped for cash
these days and need a break.

This is JAMM’s second annual membership drive, and Wilmore
said she hopes to add at least 50 new members. Scheduled performers include
drummer Jeff Shoup, bassist Sam Copperman and pianist Alex Krausman.
Participants are welcome to bring instruments and join in a jam session.

It could be an ear-opening experience, Wilmore said: “Many
people come to shows and say ‘I didn’t think I liked jazz because it seems like
a lot of noise I don’t understand,’ and then leave saying, ‘I didn’t know this was jazz.’”

Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan: Second Annual Mixer and
Membership Drive

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

REO Art Alley

1133 S. Washington Ave., Lansing

$20 seniors; $30 household