South Haven Jazz Festival

Check out the new South Haven Jazz Festival website for the latest information about the 4th annual festival on Sept 18th and 19th, 2020.

The 3rd Annual South Haven Jazz Festival (2019) was a great time with fantastic music, appreciative audiences, good beer, lovely wine, yummy food and cooperative weather! Thank you again to all of our sponsors for this year’s festival – we hope you’ll support us again next year!  To find out how you can get involved, volunteer, donate or sponsor give us a shout!

Here are the artists and links to their websites that performed in 2019:


   Rob Lunn & Friends
   Blue Shoes Jazz Ensemble
    Ivan Akansiima Quartet feat. Wayne Powers
   Otsego Jazz Ensemble


   Turbulence (with Grant Frabe funk)
   Kevin  Jones and Music of the Tenth World
   Jim Cooper and Nexus
   Lake Effect Jazz Big Band

2019 sponsors include:

The South Haven/Van Buren County Visitors Bureau and Convention Center
The Greater South Haven Community Foundation
Cogdal Vineyards
Lake Michigan College
Woodhams Ford/Lincoln
Jaqua Realty
Paceline Auto Group

Thank you to our community members for their support!

Annie Brown and Jeff Filbrandt
Tony and Penny Soskin

If you’d like to get involved in making this event happen, we’d love to have you!  Send us an email at


Foundry Hall presented the second annual South Haven Jazz Festival, two evenings of jazz in downtown South Haven Friday and Saturday, September 14th and 15th, 2018 from 5-10pm in front of the Huron Street Pavilion for a showcase local and regional jazz musicians.

2018 lineup

Opening Ceremony feat. South Haven Area Men’s Chorus
Jephri Carey & “What Not” Band with Cécile Savage
Andrew Fisher Quartet
Kalamazoo Youth Jazz Combo
Benje Daneman’s SearchParty
Edye Evans Hyde
Lake Effect Jazz Big Band

Our 2018 sponsors:

Beachwalk Properties

Jaqua Realtors

LTD Music Productions

Wolverine Hardware

We also greatly appreciate the generous donations from Annie Brown & Jeff Filbrandt and Kim Wise and family, Michael Vanden Tak, S. Clark Carmichael and Kristin Hay.

You can be a part of making the Jazz Festival happen!

If you are interested in volunteering during the festival or have questions about sponsorship, contact us by email ( or leave us a message (269-220-0444) and we’ll get back to you

First year’s festival…

2017 South Haven Jazz Festival Line-up

South Haven Area Men’s Chorus/Pete Wehle
Ivan Akansiima Trio
Blue Shoes
Andrew Fisher Quartet

Grant Frabe Quartet
Jazzmin II featuring vibraphonist Jim Cooper
Edye Evans Hyde
Lake Effect Jazz Big Band featuring vibraphonist Jim Cooper

Jazz Brunch at Cogdal Vineyard 11-2pm $30

The 2017 South Haven Jazz Festival was made possible by the contributions from the following sponsors and individual donations:

South Haven Community Foundation
South Haven/ Van Buren County Visitors Bureau and Convention Center
South Haven Chevrolet
Albemarle Foundation
Jaqua Realtors
Michigan Local Market
Sunny Hill
Maury DeCoster
Kristin Hay
Steve and Sheryl Drenth
Sandra Tyrell
The Wise Family
Wolverine Hardware
Annie Brown and Jeff Filbrandt

Thank you all for helping create the First Annual South Haven Jazz Festival!


If you’d like to help with the financial considerations (90% of which is for the music) please let us know. If you are interested in volunteering to help plan or to help make sure the two evenings go smoothly let us know! 269-220-0444 (please leave a message – it is an answering service not a live phone line)



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