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Detroit Jazz Fest to feature historic lineup of local, international musicians

Detroit jazz legend Ron Carter (right) with poet and painter Danny Simmons at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Aug. 15. STEVE FURAY PHOTO

Detroit jazz legend Ron Carter (right) with poet and painter Danny Simmons at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Aug. 15. STEVE FURAY PHOTO

By Steve Furay
Special to The Michigan Citizen

Detroit jazz history will be made at the 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival when some of the city’s most legendary performers come together Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 at Hart Plaza.

Some of the city’s biggest names in jazz  will perform for the packed crowd, matched with many contemporary legends under the festival’s theme “Jazz Speaks for Life.” 

Detroit-based performers include bass player Ron Carter, who has been recorded on over 2,500 albums, working with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and more. The Cass Technical High School alum will play with Peter Bernstein for a tribute to the music of Jim Hall.

Regina Carter has achieved fame as a jazz violinist, and she will perform a tribute to her family roots in Alabama for the show “Southern Comfort.” 

Trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave has long been one of Detroit’s most accomplished artists and is Detroit’s Jazz Master Laureate. He will play in a musical tribute to the legacy of Louis Armstrong.

Among the other well-known names performing at the festival are Pharoah Sanders, Joshua Redman, the 2014 Artist in Residence for the festival, Sean Jones, Ramsey Lewis, John Pizzarelli, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Christian McBride, Bill Evans, Stanley Clarke and Aruán Ortiz.

The Detroit Jazz Festival is free and open to the public, with educational seminars scheduled for music students young and old to attend.

For more information, including full lineup and schedule, visit www.DetroitJazzFest.com.

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