Photos: 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

Scofield/Mehldau/Guiliana, Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project and more

The 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival finished out Labor Day Weekend with perfect weather and a versatile, consistently engaging program. A few of our favorite sets on Sunday and Monday included a trio featuring hometown heroes Kirk Lightsey, Robert Hurst and Louis Hayes; a crowd-pleasing “with strings” Nat King Cole tribute by Freddy Cole; a fiercely funky set from Roy Hargrove’s too-rarely-heard RH Factor; a festival-stealing hour-plus from drummer Herlin Riley’s powerhouse working quintet; performances by two of the best big bands going, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and artist-in-residence Ron Carter’s Great Big Band; Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, with moments of explosive vintage jazz-rock; David Weiss’ Point of Departure, melding postbop with fusion energy via two killer young guitarists; Alfredo Rodriguez and Jason Moran, proving the limitless creative possibilities of the jazz piano trio; and Scofield/Mehldau/Guiliana, with its thinking man’s take on live electronic groove. A full report will follow, but in the meantime dig these photos by JT photographer Marek Lazarski.

Alfredo Rodriguez performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Brad Mehldau performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Cyrille Aimée performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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David Weiss performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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From left: Donald Vega, Ron Carter and Russell Malone perform at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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David Weiss and Point of Departure perform at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Helen Sung performs with Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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The Jason Moran Bandwagon Trio performs at the 2016 Jazz Festival
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Jason Moran performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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JD Allen performs with David Weiss and Point of Departure at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Jimmy Heath and Roberta Gambarini perform at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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John Scofield performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Kirk Lightsey performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Kirk Lightsey performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Louis Hayes performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Mark Guiliana performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Robert Hurst performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Russell Malone performs in Ron Carter's Great Big Band at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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From left: Brad Mehldau, John Scofield and Mark Guiliana perform at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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From left: Brad Mehldau, John Scofield and Mark Guiliana perform at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Terri Lyne Carrington leads her Mosaic Project at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Tia Fuller (left) and Ingrid Jensen perform with Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Freddy Cole performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Herlin Riley performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Roy Hargrove performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Roy Hargrove's RH Factor performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
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