The John E. Lawrence Summer Jazz Concert Series (formerly the Frog Island Jazz Concert Series) is moving to a new location in Ypsilanti Township at Ford Lake Park for 2022.
John E. Lawrence
John E. Lawrence Founder and curator of the Summer Jazz Concert Series. John is known and respected as one of the best guitarists in Michigan and beyond. Lawrence is also admired for his skills as a music educator and producer who taught for years at Washtenaw Community College, where he founded the Living Legends Series. The series has hosted artists such as: Mavis Staples, The Four Tops, Ashford and Simpson, Earl Klugh and The Temptations.
John’s instructional books and videos are distributed nationally by Mel Bay, one of the largest music publishing companies in the country. John is known for his dynamic and powerful live performances. He will be performing songs from his greatest hits CD as well as his Masterpiece Vol.1 which features the new release entitled “Moving Up To The Top”. It can be heard on smooth jazz radio stations world wide. John has recently collaborated with Grammy award winning keyboardist, composer and producer Jeff Lorber to create a song that is sure to top the smooth jazz charts entitled “Leather Jacket.