:: 2012 :: Well-known local drummer Jeff Shoup will make a special workshop/performance appearance at this year’s JazzFest. Jeff and his band will come out swingin’ straight-ahead jazz but will stop along the way to talk about the music and how they approach jazz performance. This event promises to be as educational as it is entertaining.

Shoup hosts the weekly jam session “Jazz Tuesdays” at Stober’s Bar in downtown Lansing. He can be found performing jazz music at area restaurants, night clubs, and special events. He has performed several times at the Lansing JazzFest, beginning in 2001, and has also performed at the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and the East Lansing Art Festival. He has performed with notable jazz musicians including Jim Alfredson/organissimo, Rodney Whitaker, Diego Rivera, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, and Ralph Tope. He also performs regularly in mid-Michigan with the jump blues band Those Delta Rhythm Kings and funk/R&B group Summer of Sol.

Having started performing semi-professionally in Lansing in the early 90s, Jeff recently earned a bachelor of music degree in jazz studies from Michigan State University and will be returning to MSU in Fall 2012 to begin graduate study.

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