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Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Wayne Shorter as 2017 Artist-in-Residence

Saxophone great will be performer, ambassador for festival

Wayne Shorter (photo by Robert Ascroft)
Wayne Shorter (photo by Robert Ascroft)

The Detroit Jazz Festival, scheduled for Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1-4) has announced that saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter is this year’s Artist-in-Residence. Shorter will act as an ambassador for the event, and will be in concert three times during the weekend—including for the North American debut of his composition “Enamon,” performed by the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Shorter, pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade) with the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra.

Shorter will also be performing with his quintet (Shorter, pianist Geri Allen, keyboardist Leo Genovese, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington) during the festival.

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