August 10, 2021
The Gilmore to Partner With Newly Founded John Stites Jazz Artist Organization to Bring Leading Jazz Musicians to Kalamazoo
John Stites in his Kalamazoo studio.
John Stites in his Kalamazoo studio.

The Gilmore, the presenter of the biennial Gilmore International Piano Festival and prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, is partnering with the newly launched John Stites Jazz Artist Organization to bring internationally-renowned jazz musicians to perform at Gilmore-presented events. The concerts will be presented in memory of Kalamazoo recording engineer, John Stites.

Beginning in 2022, the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization will provide annual grants to support The Gilmore’s world-class jazz programming. The grants, ranging from $20,000 to $150,000, will be used by The Gilmore to cover artist fees for jazz musicians performing at The Gilmore International Piano Festival, The Gilmore Rising Stars Series, and a new Jazz Piano Masters concert that will be presented biennially in years that there is no festival, beginning in 2023.

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