Are you ready to hear and enjoy four days of world-class jazz, blues, and soul? It’s time to make your way to the heart of Downtown Detroit to enjoy sweet sounds at the largest FREE jazz festival in the world. The 39th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival, presented by Quicken Loans, will begin on Friday, August 31 and end on Monday, September 3rd. It will take place in Hart Plaza (161 W. Jefferson) and Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave) featuring different artists on four major stages.
First started in 1980, The Detroit Jazz Festival’s purpose was to bring all walks of life into the city and provide world class entertainment. You can say that this festival is a way of fostering community. When I think of jazz music, I think about how deeply rooted it is in American culture. As a native of Detroit, I grew up with jazz being played in the house. So for me, jazz is soothing, bold, and rich, and I’m beyond excited to witness John Coltrane’s son, Ravi Coltrane, perform Melodic Meditations of Alice Coltrane.
The artist-in-residence for the festival is Chick Corea, a pianist who will be playing a variety of sounds such as an acoustic set opening night, electric set, and a set with other players from the Detroit Jazz Festival Symphony Orchestra to close. Not only will you see fan favorites like Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding, you’ll also be able to hear youth jazz vocalists from area high schools as well as university orchestras from Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan.
Check out the full lineup of all the acts performing at the festival.
In between all the good music you can dive in deeper into the jazz conversation. So head over to the Mack Avenue Music Group Jazz Table Tents! This portion of the jazz festival is filled with panel discussions, interviews, and so much more. You can look forward to hear from artists such as Shannon Powell, Alex Harding, Julian Lage Trio, Trio of OZ, and so many more. Check out the Talk Tent schedule!
There’s no better place to spend Labor Day weekend! Festival hours are Friday 6:30 p.m – 1:30 a.m., Saturday – Sunday Noon -1:30 a.m., and Monday 12:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
A few places to park include: 1001 Woodward Garage, 2 Detroit Garage, One Detroit Garage, The Z Deck, and Kennedy Square Garage. The People Mover and QLINE will also be running.
For more information about the event, visit DetroitJazzFestival.org.
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