The Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Bassist Stanley Clarke As 2019 Artist-in-Residence

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The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation will present Stanley Clarke as its artist-in-residence for the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Quicken Loans. Clarke’s much anticipated return and performances will be a highlight at the festival, now celebrating its 40th year.

As the 2019 artist-in-residence, Clarke will support educational clinics for students across the region throughout the year and lead multiple performances during Labor Day Weekend.

“Stanley Clarke is the perfect ambassador for our Festival during this banner year. His musical accomplishments, perennial career and commitment to the perseverance of jazz have unequivocally positioned him as a ‘living legend’,” said Chris Collins, president and artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. “We’re fortunate to bring him back as the 2019 Artist-in-Residence for what will be an exceptional 40th year jazz celebration.”

“Our mission of jazz not only brings dynamic artists and performances to Detroit but also showcases the discipline and creativity of jazz artists in our community,” continued Collins. “This mission and the support of our sponsors and supporters are what gives us the ability to deliver the world’s largest and best free jazz festival in the world.” 

Some of the Festival’s past artists-in-residences include Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Pat Metheny.

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