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Ypsilanti Township will host the 2022 John E. Lawrence Summer Jazz Concert Series on Friday evenings July 1, 2022 - September 2, 2022 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Ford Lake Park (9075 S. Huron River Drive). Parking will be $5 per vehicle.

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the smooth jazz sounds from some of the best musicians that Detroit metro area has to offer, most of whom have new summer releases! Anticipated attendance is 500 - 2,000 people attending each concert.


The John E. Lawrence Summer Jazz Concert Series (formerly the Frog Island Jazz Concert Series) is moving to a new and significantly larger location in Ypsilanti Township at Ford Lake Park.
This move is due to an expected increase in attendance. Last year’s concert series nearly doubled in size each show, beginning with 800 attendees at the opening event. Midway through the series the concerts were drawing more than 5,000 attendees per show. The last show of the series attracted 10,000 concert-goers who came to see saxophonist Randy Scott on Labor Day weekend.


Randy Scott will be the opening act this year on July 1st. “The plan is to set the bar high and then go up from there” said Lawrence.

This year’s concert series will feature a new array of nationally-known recording artists from the local scene as well as international recording artists such as Jeff Lorber Fusion. Lorber is a Grammy Award-winning keyboardist/producer and composer who helped create the genre known as “smooth jazz”. Lorber will close out the series on Labor Day weekend. Saxophonist Paula Atherton, a smooth jazz sensation out of New York, and the legendary Dr. Jessie McGuire, “The Power Trumpet”, will return to his hometown of Ypsilanti from Phoenix, Arizona after a 25-year hiatus for a rare command performance of jazz, funk and gospel.

Representing the local scene, a potent mix of last year’s favorites will be returning to the stage, including saxophonists Randy Scott and Lord Yancyy. Frog Island Jazz Festival founder John E. Lawrence, a native of Ypsilanti who’s new single Movin’ Up To The Top is climbing the charts, will also be featured. Lawrence is widely respected as one of the best guitarists in Michigan and the region. He is also admired for his skills as a music educator and producer who taught for years at Washtenaw Community College, and whose instructional books and videos are distributed nationally by Mel Bay, one of the largest music publishing companies in the country.


“All of these phenomenal musicians are coming to my hometown of Ypsilanti, and I’m really excited to have this opportunity to share such great music with our community,” said Lawrence. “This year’s lineup, like last year’s, is guaranteed to please. If you missed it last year, don’t make that mistake in 2022. Come out and see for yourself what’s happening here. I promise you won’t be disappointed.”


More Information: johnelawrencejazz.com.

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