The Detroit International Jazz Festival is in its 31st year, and where better to celebrate the art form that is Jazz than in downtown Detroit? In 2010, the free event will have five stages of continuous entertainment, Saturday-night fireworks, late-night jam sessions, poetry slams, a kid bop area, artist collaborations and giant puppets. Featured artists includes Mulgrew Miller, Branford Marsalis, Maria Schneider, Roy Haynes and Terence Blanchard -- just to name a few.

Detroit Jazz Fest 2010 Website

The coolest show in Detroit is coming up and my friend Mark Loeb is in charge of operations. I am hoping to stop in to Hart Plaza after I see Mitch Ryder in Hamtramck at their big festival.


Friday, September 3
Memorial Park Middle School "Big Noise"
Detroit School of Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Renaissance High School Jazz Ensemble
Take 6 with Mulgrew Miller Trio
Tower of Power

Saturday, September 4
Allen Park Middle School Jazz Ensemble
Berklee College of Music Jazz Ensemble
Carl Cafagna & North Star Jazz
Danilo Pérez Quartet
Detroit Tribute to Betty Carter
Ellen Rowe Quartet
Grand Rapids Northview High School Jazz Ensemble
Hot Club of Detroit
“Hot Pepper” with Barry Harris & Gary Smulyan
Kirk Whalum: Tribute to Donny Hathaway with special guest Lalah Hathaway
Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra with Mulgrew Miller and Gary Smulyan
Mike LeDonne Quartet
Mt. Pleasant High School Jazz Band
Mulgrew Miller & Wingspan
Muruga Booker and the Rainforest Band featuring Perry Robinson and Badal Roy
Pat Bianchi Trio
Poogie Bell Band
Salim Washington & The Harlem Arts Ensemble
Scott Kinsey Group
Terence Blanchard Quintet
Tia Fuller Quartet
The Brad Felt NuQuartet Plus
The Chris Canas Band
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Troy High School Jazz Ensemble
William Patterson University Jazz Septet with Mulgrew Miller

Sunday, September 5
Brownie Speaks: The Music of Clifford Brown featuring Dominick Farinacci and Jonathan Batiste
Cousino High School Jazz Ensemble
Dave McMurray
Dennis Tini Trio
Detroit Symphony Civic Jazz Orchestra with special guest Matt Wilson
Freddy Cole Quartet
Grosse Pte. South HS Jazz Band
Jason D. Williams Show
Johnny O’Neal
Juilliard Jazz Quartet
Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller
Mambo Legends Orchestra
Maria Schneider Orchestra
MF Productions Defenders of the Groove with Ernie Andrews, Louis Hayes, Donald Harrison,
Melvin Sparks, Steve Turre, Eddie Henderson, Chembo Corneil & Luke O'Reilly
Northville High School Jazz Ensemble I
Robert Hurst Quartet
Ron Kischuk & the Masters of Music Trombones
Stevenson High School Jazz Band
Tierney Sutton Band
Tribute to Ray Brown with Christian McBride, Benny Green and Karriem Riggins
Trio M: Myra Melford, Mark Dresser and Matt Wilson
Warren Mott Marauder Big Band
Wayne State University Big Band with Terence Blanchard
Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra with Bobby Watson

Monday, September 6
Allen Toussaint
Branford Marsalis
Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet
Dave Bennett Quartet
Detroit Jazz Fest High School All-Stars
Detroit School of Arts Jazz Ensemble with George Bohanon
Finger Poppin’: A Tribute to Horace Silver with the Michael Weiss Quintet featuring Randy Brecker
HORIZON: Featuring Bobby Watson, Victor Lewis, Terell Stafford, Edward Simon and Essiet Essiet
Ionia High School Jazz Ensemble
James Fortune & FIYA
Kurt Elling Quintet with special guest Ernie Watts
Manhattan Transfer/Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra and special guest Gerald Wilson
Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band
Second Ebenezer Majestic Voices
Triumph Church Mass Choir


KJ KNIGHT said...

Kim I love your web site! My name is K J Knight. I'm a rock drummer and vocalist. I came up in Detroit in the mid 60's and 70's. For several years I toured and roomed with Ted Nugent and I played on the album Survival Of The Fittest (recorded live at the Eastown theater). I also played in bands with Rusty Day (The Day and Night Dealers Blues Band), Ron Asheton (The New Order), Scot Richard (The Fallen Angels-managed by Angela Bowie) Ray Goodman (Hammer), Marcy Levy ( Hammer), John Angelos (The Amboy Dukes and Dave Gilbert (The Amboy Dukes). In addition, I played with Luther Allison on the album Luther's Blues, which was recorded at Motown Record Studios.My wife, Connie, was best friends with Carrie, whom I often see pictures of on your site. Connie and I live In Altamonte Springs, Fl. We've been married for 36 years. I just finished writing a manuscript entitled Knight Moves: The K J Knight Story. I'm currently in the process of publishing the book.The book is about my personal life, criminal activities and music career. When it's ready I'll send you a copy. Keep up the great work. Tell Carrie I said hi. KJ

Carolyn Striho said...

hard to be everywhere! The Jazz Fest last year was terrific, it was an honor to play on it with Rayse Biggs, Wayne Gerard, Darrel Smith and Ken Scott...this year I'm at Arts Beats and Eat's Royal Oak Michigan festival Fri night, Sept. 3 8 pm w/my band, Scott Dailey, Ron Wolf & Kurt Zimmermann...all best, be safe! xx

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