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Community Advocacy Organization

LCC Jazz Band partners with Happendance for Concert

Updated: Jun 30

Jazz Band

LANSING, Mich. [February 1, 2024]— LCC’s Jazz Band is collaborating with local dance company, Happendance to present a unique concert combining live jazz with original choreography. Happendance’s professional dance company, Velocity, will accompany four of the eight pieces being performed.


This free concert will take place in the newly renovated Dart Auditorium and will feature a variety of jazz styles from swing to Latin, blues to fusion, showcasing composers including Count Basie, Michael Philip Mossman and Eddie Harris. “Jazz music was created for dance, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to showcase the dance element at our concert, especially with an institution like Happendance which has been a leader in dance education in Lansing for over 30 years,” said Jonathon Gewirtz, jazz band instructor.


“We love working with and performing to live music,” said Rachel Miller, CEO of Happendance. “Whenever we get a chance to collaborate with a band leader as prestigious as Jonathon Gewirtz, we jump at the opportunity.” Guest choreographers Jim McEwan, Rachel Miller, Jennah Quinn Gray and others have created new choreography to Prime Time by Basie, Cold Duck Time by Harris, and two additional pieces.


Performance dates:

February 16 & 17 @ 7 p.m.


Dart Auditorium

500 N. Capitol Avenue


Free. Donations to benefit performing arts organizations are welcome.



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