About

 

 

The Jazz and Creative Institute offers a new path to playing music - in community.

 

Location

310 North Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

(Inside the Kalamazoo Piano Company)

Hours

9am – 9pm Weekdays
9am – 7pm Weekends

616-706-3946

 We’re inside the Kalamazoo Piano Company. Look for the brick building with the blue awnings.

We’re inside the Kalamazoo Piano Company. Look for the brick building with the blue awnings.

PARKING

Street Parking in front of JCI is free after 5pm and on weekends. There is also a paid parking ramp above the building. We recommend downloading the app, Parkmobile to pay for meters without cash if you're coming during 8am - 5pm.

AMENITIES

JCI has ample seating for you to wait for your student during lessons or rehearsals with WiFi available. Civil House Coffee Co is two doors down and a great optional place to hang, or you could make use of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum (1 block away). If you have other kids with you who need a place to play or work on homework, we've got that too.

 
 

Leadership

 
 Photo: Grant Beachy

Photo: Grant Beachy

Co-Directors Benje & Ashley Daneman

JCI was co-founded in 2014 by colleagues and artist-entrepreneurs Nich Mueller, Benje Daneman, and Ashley Daneman in Kalamazoo, MI. Benje and Ashley have taken over leadership of JCI since Nich moved on to work and perform in NYC. Wishing him all the very best (keep up with him here)!

 

FACULTY ENSEMBLE TEACHING ARTISTS

The Jazz and Creative Institute Faculty Ensemble is:

  • Ashley Daneman: voice

  • Benje Daneman: trumpet & flugelhorn

  • Seth Ebersole: saxophones, clarinet, & flute

  • Altin Sencalar: trombone

  • Nathan Borton: guitar

  • Rufus Ferguson: piano & organ

  • Andy Peck: bass

  • Madison George: drums

  • Kevin Jones: African & Latin percussion

The Faculty Ensemble performs original jazz compositions from its members and standards from many aspects of the jazz tradition.