By Lawrence Cosentino


It’s harvest time in the heart of Michigan. Who cares if the corn, cukes and tomatoes aren’t quite ready? The bebops, shishkapows and voo-voos are falling off the vine and running with juice.

This year’s Lansing JazzFest showcases the staggering bounty of Lansing’s, and Michigan’s, jazz scene. The two biggest guns have deep ties to the Capital City. Funky R&B crowd-pleaser Tim Cunningham was born and raised in Lansing. World-renowned bassist and Professor of Jazz Rodney Whitaker made his home here a decade ago. The Gypsy caravan Hot Club of Detroit and straightahead trumpeter John Douglas are fixtures of the Motor City.

And on it goes, from Lansing’s organissimo to a superband of local high school students led by alto saxman Wessell Anderson.

With harvest comes Thanksgiving, and this year’s festival shows that local jazz fans have a lot to be thankful for.

Corner of Turner Street and Grand River Avenue, Lansing. FREE. www.jazzlansing.com

Friday, Aug. 7

North Stage
7-8 p.m.: The Timmy Stark Quartet
9-10:30 p.m. Tim Cunnigham

South Stage
4-5:40 p.m.: The Cooper, Hay, Van Lente Group
6-7 p.m.: Linda Dachtyl Trio
8-9 p.m.: Sheila Landis and
Brazilian Love Affair
10:45 -12:30 a.m.: organissimo's
Hammond Organ Battle

River Stage
6-6:45 p.m.: Larry Gabriel
7-8 p.m.: Barons of Brass
8-9 p.m.: Community Jazz Jam

Saturday, Aug. 8

North Stage
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Tracy Kash Thomas Quartet
6:30-8 p.m.: Rodney Whitaker Quartet
9:30-11 p.m.: Hot Club of Detroit

South Stage
2-3 p.m.: Lansing Area All Star Band
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. LCC Faculty Jazz
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Arlene McDaniel Trio
8-9:30 p.m.: Ginny Dusseau with The Truth In Jazz Orchestra
11p.m.-12:30 a.m.: John Douglas Quintet

River Stage
2-3 p.m.: Community Dance Project
3-3:30 p.m. Happendance2
4:15-5 p.m.: Greg Howe
5-5:45 p.m: Drum Workshop
6-7 p.m.: Michael Sailors Quintet
7-8 p.m.: Tracy Kash Thomas Workshop