Sunday, August 28, 2011

FREE Detroit Jazz Festival 9/2-9/5 in Hart Plaza


Now in its 32nd year, the Detroit Jazz Festival takes place over several city blocks in downtown Detroit – from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius – with five stages and 100 acts over four days. It also offers educational activities for adults and children, fireworks, late-night jam sessions, rare opportunities to meet the artists and much more. And it’s all FREE.

The 2011 season will celebrate world influences on jazz and the jazz influence on the world. As is the tradition at the festival, Detroit’s significant jazz legacy will be front and center. Here is a sneak peak at a few of the artists for 2011.


The roster of Detroit-based musicians include:
Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets
Russ Miller Quartet
Gerard Gibbs & (The Return Of) ORGANized Crime
Kimmie Horne
Rayse Biggs & Friends
Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven
Keith Vreeland & Bad Dog
Johnnie Bassett and the Blues Insurgents with special guest Thornetta Davis
Los Gatos
Alex Graham
Rafael Ricky Statin
The Oblivion Project
Kathy Kosins with Paul Keller, Sean Dobbins, Cliff Monear and special guest, Walt Symanski
Detroit Jazz Festival Jazz Orchestra
Second Ebenezer Majestic Voices
Larry Callahan and S.O.G

Opening Night • Friday, September 2

Sing the Truth! ANGELIQUE KIDJO, DIANNE REEVES AND LIZZ WRIGHT continue the legacies of Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta

Jeff “Tain” Watts with Drum Club featuring Joe Locke, Susie Ibarra, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Tony Allen and Pedro Martinez

Soul Rebels Brass Band (Second Line on Friday and at the Pyramid Stage Saturday)

Saturday, September 3
Rayse Biggs & Friends
Curtis Fuller
Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets
Gerard Gibbs & (the Return of) ORGANized Crime
Dave Holland Octet
Kimmie Horne
Chuck Jackson: A Return to Motown
Deacon Jones Blues Revue
Sean Jones Quintet
Russ Miller Quartet
Tony Monaco
Jason Moran & the Bandwagon
Luciana Souza: Brazilian Duos featuring Romero Lubambo
THE SUN RA ARKESTRA: Under the direction of Marshall Allen
Toots Thielemans
Warren Wolf & WOLFPAC

Sunday, September 4
Johnnie Bassett with Special Guest Thornetta Davis
Vinicius Cantuária
Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread
Anat Cohen Quartet
Aaron Diehl Quintet
Paquito D'Rivera Quintet
Josh Duffee and His Orchestra
Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion
Amina Figarova
Sammy Figueroa & The Latin Jazz Explosion
Walt Szymanski - Tribute to J.C.
Hot Club of Detroit with Special Guest Cyrille Aimée
Vijay Iyer Trio
Ivan Lins Quartet
Los Gatos
Joe Lovano Us Five
Rahsaan Patterson
The U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note with Joe Locke
Keith Vreeland and Bad Dog
Jeff “Tain” Watts 4
Steve Wilson & Wilsonian’s Grain

Monday, September 5
The New Gary Burton Quartet w/ Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Antonio Sanchez
Larry Callahan and Selected of God (SOG)
Kevin Eubanks
Champian Fulton
Alex Graham
Kathy Kosins with Paul Keller, Sean Dobbins, Cliff Monear and special guest, Walt Symanski
The Oblivion Project
Karriem Riggins Ensemble featuring COMMON
Second Ebenezer Majestic Voices
Rafael Ricky Statin
The Steeles
Helen Sung & Sung with Words
Sachal Vasandani
Anthony Wilson Trio

FINALE: Monday, September 5, 6:30pm at the Carhartt Amphitheatre
Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra plays the Music of Christian McBride with Special Guest Ernie Andrews

For the past two decades, Christian McBride has been recognized as one of the most swinging and virtuosic bassists of his time. On September 27, he will release The Good Feeling - his first recording as a big band leader on Mack Avenue Records.


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