Detroit Jazz Festival Live!
SATURDAY, 9/1, FROM 6-7:30PM ET
Join DPTV and the Detroit Jazz Fest as we broadcast live from the Chase Stage at Campus Martius. The 90 minute program will feature a live performance from Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane along with other highlights of the Festival which runs Friday through Labor Day in downtown Detroit.
In its 39th year, the Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Quicken Loans, which runs Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, 2018, in downtown Detroit, will kick off with performances by Artist-in Residence Chick Corea and the 2018 inaugural Resident Ensemble, a new addition to the Festival’s annual programming.
Each year a core ensemble noted for their artistry, connectivity and camaraderie will engage with the Detroit community and prepare multiple performances of varying texture, instrumentation and repertoire for the Festival.
This year’s Resident Ensemble will feature Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding, who will lead three sets, with one incorporating a technology element.
Originally meant to include the late Geri Allen, much of the Ensemble’s focus will be inspired by her music. READ MORE
DETROIT JAZZ FEST HISTORY
The Detroit International Jazz Festival was founded in 1980 by Robert McCabe and the Detroit Renaissance. Along with the Detroit Grand Prix and the International Freedom Festival, the Festival was intended to bring people into the city and to provide all segments of the population with world-class entertainment.
From 1980 to 1991, the Festival flourished through a partnership with the highly regarded international jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland. In 1991, the Festival merged with Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, where it resided until September 2005.
In March 2005, Detroit philanthropist and Mack Avenue Records Chairman Gretchen Valade emerged as a major sponsor of the Festival. With additional support from the Knight Foundation, the Festival expanded in all aspects. Its new footprint, covering three blocks, provided two additional stages and more space for food vendors and other activities.
Looking to attract new audiences to jazz and the Festival, in 2011, jazz musician Chris Collins was appointed as artistic director and has since taken on the role of president of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. With Collins’ vision and the support of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board of Directors – led by Chair Gretchen Valade – the Foundation has continued to integrate new and exciting artistic elements and opportunities into the signature event, in addition to year-round programming.
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