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James Carter to Play With Aretha Franklin

Keeping it real in their hometown of Detroit, saxophonist James Carter (pictured left) and Soul Queen Aretha Franklin are set to record every note of Carter’s upcoming three-night stint at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge. The recordings will be used to compile a new album, James Carter’s Detroit Breakdown, set for an October release on Atlantic. Franklin will be the most easily recognized of Carter’s musical guests, but saxophonists Johnny Griffin, David Murray and Franz Jackson will make guest appearances as well, along with several local musicians.

The concerts, to be held June 14-16, will give Carter a chance to display his chops on home turf. “It’s an homage to what happens live when I’m in Detroit,” Carter said recently in the Detroit Free Press. “I want to let folks know that this is where I come from and that there’s still the jazz spirit here.”

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