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Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Lineup for 37th Annual Labor Day Weekend Event

Jazzed Magazine • News • April 27, 2016

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The Detroit Jazz Festival announced its lineup for the 37th annual Labor Day Weekend Festival that will feature an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and generations from jazz legends, new artists to the scene and those at the height of their careers. With Detroit native and jazz legend Ron Carter as artist-in-residence, this year’s festival has a decidedly Detroit flair, with the annual Homecoming Series of performances taking an expanded role. The jazz festival will take to the streets of downtown Detroit on Sep. 2-5, 2016 with hundreds of musicians on four stages.

Legendary bassist, Ron Carter, with more than 2,000 recordings to his credit, will perform four times throughout the weekend including a nonet, trio, quartet and big band sets.

In addition to Carter’s performances, other 2016 Homecoming Series Performances include:

  • David Weiss and Point of Departure celebrate the music of Detroit legends Kenn Cox and Charles Moore
  • Kenn Cox tribute with Special Guests
  • Stanley Cowell Quintet featuring Billy Harper and Charles Tolliver
  • Kirk Lightsey and Louis Hayes – Homecoming Band
  • Charlie Gabriel Quartet

Other 2016 performers include:

  • George Benson
  • John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, Mark Guiliana
  • Roy Hargrove with Strings
  • The RH Factor
  • Freddy Cole and the Detroit Jazz Festival String Orchestra – The Cole Family Legacy – remembering Nat and Natalie
  • Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano
  • Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project
  • Chris Potter Underground Orchestra
  • Randy Weston’s African Rhythms & the Wayne State University Big Band – 90th birthday celebration
  • Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton
  • Jason Moran Bandwagon Trio
  • Roberta Gambarini and Jimmy Heath – Celebrating Jimmy Heath’s 90th
  • Marcus Roberts Modern Jazz Generation
  • Luciana Souza – Speaking in Tongues
  • Alfredo Rodríguez Trio
  • Harold López-Nussa
  • The Soul Rebels
  • John Abercrombie Organ Trio
  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Established by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Celebrate 50 years at the Village Vanguard
  • Gregoire Maret & the Inner Voice Ensemble
  • Charnée Wade
  • Herlin Riley Quintet
  • United States Air Force Airmen of Note

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