The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) is a celebration of jazz music featuring nationally recognized and regional jazz artists, as well as youth and community education for residents and visitors of East Lansing. The SSJF salutes jazz one of the truly American art forms, and offers this free two-day event in a lively outdoor setting.

  1. What is the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival?

  2. Artistic Director, Rodney Whitaker

    Internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, Rodney Whitaker, currently holds the titles of Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University where he has built one of the leading jazz degree programs and performing faculty in the United States of America. He is considered one of the leading performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the United States. Whitaker has performed and toured with over 100+ legendary performing jazz artists over the past 25+ years. Featured on more than 100+ recordings - from film to compact discs - Whitaker’s film scores, China, directed by Jeff Wray, was released on PBS Fall 2002 and Malaria and Malawi, released on PBS Fall 2010.

  3. Festival Coordinator, Benjamin Hall

    Festival Coordinator, Benjamin Hall

  4. History

    How it all began....

  5. Performance Videos

    Live video footage of performances from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 SSJF

  6. SSJF Advisory Board

  7. 2016 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Sponsors

    A list of the businesses, non-profits & individuals that have contributed a substantial amount to the SSJF.

  8. Friends of East Lansing Jazz

    Donors to the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

  9. Photo Gallery

    Photos from the 2015 SSJF