Rapper Common to Perform at Detroit Jazz Fest

Hip-hop star will team with Detroit drummer Karriem Riggins

Hip-hop megastar Common will join drummer Karriem Riggins at the upcoming Detroit Jazz Festival, according to an article in today’s Detroit Free Press. The Chicago-based rapper was teamed with the Detroit drummer following the cancellation of nonagenarian jazz legend Dave Brubeck, who has been undergoing health issues. The free annual festival takes place over the Labor Day weekend.

According to the article, the Karriem Riggins Ensemble with Common is scheduled to perform at 4:45 PM Sept. 5 at the JPMorgan Chase Main Stage.

Other artists scheduled to perform at the festival, which runs from Sept. 2-5, are Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright, together, “continuing the legacies of Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta,” according to the festival website; Curtis Fuller; Jeff “Tain” Watts; Dave Holland Octet; Toots Thielemans; and many others.

For more information, visit Detroit Jazz Fest.

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.