Great ONE DAY Festival in Detroit's JAZZ On The LAWN: August 20th

Sunday AUGUST 20th JAZZistry’s own Taslimah Bey’s Ragtime Band will feature Vincent York at this one-day event in Detroit’s Indian Village. 

JAZZ On The LAWN at St. Augustine St. Monica Church (4151 Seminole, Det. 48214)  will loosely follow the evolution of jazz, starting with a Mass, then a Brass Band, to Ragtime and more… finishing with Detroit’s Straight Ahead! Lots more in the this one day event. Hope you can make the scene.

2023 Vincent YorkIJD Concert at KCH


JAZZistry's RENT PARTY 2023: Mardi Gras MASKED BALL

Our biggest annual fun-raiser dance party is back, after a 2 year COVID break!Come celebrate New Orleans music and raise funds for Vincent York’s JAZZistry. It keeps our local schools and public venues SWINGING with the story of JAZZ, the soundtrack of our history. This was a COVID-conscious event. 

What JAZZistry Did On our SUMMER VACATION: Thank you, Ypsilanti!!


YPSI JAZZ FEST offers FREE Concerts every Saturday 6-9pm in JULY .

SAT. JULY 16, 2022 Vincent York’s JAZZistry Band will take the stage 

and showcase the evolution of America’s greatest gift to the world: JAZZ. From Spirituals to Motown, New Orleans to Harlem, Ragtime to Swing, Bebop to HipHop, Jazzistry will swing through the decades in the open air. A great program for families and folks interested in how it all came about! 

THE JAZZistry Band Includes:
RON  ENGLISH – guitar, mandolin, banjo
RON KISCHUK – trombone
VINCENT YORK – alto/tenor/soprano sax, flute, oboe. clarinet, piccolo

SEMJA–South Eastern Michigan Jazz Association –  selected saxophonist and educator Vincent York as the recipient of the 2020 Ron Brooks Award. Because of COVID-19, the planned concert was canceled. Vincent will receive the award at his 2021 International Jazz Day Concert. The concert will be LIVE STREAMED from Kerrytown Concert House April 30 – May 3rd.

Details and access through the Jazzistry website, April is JAM with JAZZistry Month. 


Vincent York Chosen for 2020 Ron Brooks Award


SEMJA has selected saxophonist and educator Vincent York as the recipient of the 2020 Ron Brooks Award. We will celebrate the award on Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 p.m. at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor. York and his quartet will give a concert performance, followed by an award ceremony and a reception. The quartet includes Gary Schunk on piano, Ron Brooks on bass, and Renell Gonsalves on drums.

SEMJA Award - The Ron Brooks AwardBorn in Jacksonville, Florida, York has contributed to the jazz community as a saxophonist after his training under the renowned Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge. He moved to Ann Arbor in 1974 to attend the University of Michigan and received an M.A. in classical saxophone performance in 1976. While a student at U-M he went on the road with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington and toured the U.S., Europe, and Japan until 1977.

York’s first band was his New York Force, and his first CD, Blending Forces, was voted best album of the year by Metro Times in 1990. In 1996 he was appointed artist-in-residence at Ann Arbor’s Community High School. He has also taught at Washtenaw Community College, but his single most unique contribution as an educator has been the creation of the Jazzistry jazz history program in 1999. Jazzistry is a multimedia presentation by a group of jazz musicians led by York and it has by now toured over three hundred schools.
The Ron Brooks Award is given annually to Detroit-area musicians, educators, or broadcasters who have made significant contributions to the jazz community. Previous awardees include Ernie Rodgers, Louis Smith, George Benson, Kenn Cox, Matt Michaels, Bess Bonnier, Ed Love and Hazen Schumacher.

The May 17 tribute will be a fundraiser for the non-profit SEMJA. We will charge $20 at the door, or you can pay in advance by sending a check to us (at 712 East Ann St., Ann Arbor MI 48104) or with a credit card online. If you have questions, please call 734‑668‑7470./

SUGAR PIE – HONEY BUNCH!! YOU KNOW WE LOVE YOU! Thank you to our 2020 Rent Party Supporters.

It was the LAST great social outing of 2020 due to COVID-19!
We promise to do it LIVE again once it is safe.
We pledge to DANCE TOGETHER again once it is safe!