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Don Keranen Jazz Festival ft. Kris Johnson Presented by Michigan Tech Music

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Saturday, March 23, 2024, 9 pm

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The Annual Don Keranen Jazz Festival pays tribute to the founder of the Michigan Tech Jazz Studies Program. The weekend will feature former Count Basie Big Band trumpeter and Detroit native Kris Johnson. Equally at home as a composer and arranger, Kris' music will be featured with the Research and Development Big Band at the Friday concert and the Jazz Lab Band at the Saturday 6 p.m. concert. 

Here's this year's lineup:

DURATION | Approx. 2 hours
Video Game Jazz Ensemble and the R&D Band feat. guest artist Kris Johnson.

Jazz Studies Director Adam Meckler invites prospective Michigan Tech students and local middle and high school students to the Band Room for a masterclass. Students will learn a tune by ear and are invited to open the 6 p.m. Saturday concert performing that tune.

Participating students only need to bring their instruments. Piano, Drums, Bass, Vibes, and amplifiers will be provided. Contact Adam for more details.

DURATION | Approx. 90 minutes
Lab Band with Kris Johnson, Trumpet

DURATION | Approx. 2 hours
JazTec and Workshop Brass Band


PRESENTER | Michigan Tech Music
VENUE | Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
TICKETS | Pay As You're Able ($15 Full Ticket Fee per performance) What is this?
SEATING | General Admission


Michigan Tech Music, part of the Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts Department, offers ten music performance groups: bands, orchestra, jazz, and choral ensembles that expose students, faculty, and the community to the artistic and communicative values of music and the power it has to change lives.

The award-winning Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Adam Meckler, comprises 18 musicians from throughout the country and features a broad repertoire of music ranging from the Big Band Era to today’s contemporary big band Jazz, focusing on modern and original compositions.

The Research and Development Big Band (R&D) performs repertoire from Jazz’s storied history including a mix of traditional and modern big band repertoire, emphasizing traditional repertoire. R & D learns tunes by ear and spends time on improvisation and defining chord changes for improvising.


Support for this event provided by the Janet Locatelli Fund, the Visual and Performing Arts Department, and its supporters. View current donors to the Visual and Performing Arts Department.

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Print and Digital Programs

Digital Program
The full program will be available online at least one day in advance for all devices and is compatible with most screen readers. 

Limited Print Program
Print programs containing limited show information will be available at the door.

Large-Print Program
A large-print version of the limited print program is available in advance online. A limited quantity is printed and available at the Rozsa Box Office.

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