Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Stanley Clarke as Artist-In-Residence

The complete festival lineup will be announced in early April

Bassist Stanley Clarke. (photo by: Raj Naik)

Pioneering bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke will serve as the artist-in-residence during the 40th annual Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Quicken Loans, which is scheduled to run from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2.

As the artist-in-residence, Clarke will support educational clinics for students across the region throughout the year and lead multiple performances during Labor Day weekend. Clarke will also be featured during an April 2 preview luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club. At the luncheon, Clarke will unveil the festival’s 2019 full lineup; and perform at a fundraiser at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe that same night. Previously, his scheduled sets during the 2014 and 2017 festivals were cancelled due to inclement weather.

President and Artistic Director of the Detroit Jazz Festival Chris Collins noted Clarke would be an excellent ambassador for the festival.

“His musical accomplishments, perennial career and commitment to the perseverance of jazz have unequivocally positioned him as a ‘living legend’,” said Collins. “We’re fortunate to bring him back as the 2019 Artist-in-Residence for what will be an exceptional 40th year jazz celebration.”

Clarke is a four-time Grammy award-winning, recording artist, performer, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, and a composer for recordings and film.

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