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Detroit Jazz Festival 2014 Preview: Moving Straight Ahead in the 21st Century

Russ Davis previews the large free festival in the Motor City

Ramsey Lewis
Ramsey Lewis
John Pizzarelli

From Friday, August 29th, through Labor Day, Monday, September 1st, the jazz world will gather in Detroit to celebrate its wonderful heritage and the present state of the music in a grand event that’s been called “The World’s Biggest FREE Jazz Festival. On four stages that are all in walking distance from the banks of the Detroit River to the Main Stage placed among the beautiful classic buildings of the downtown area fans of jazz will be able to sample a variety of styles leaning mostly on the traditional side of things with a special emphasis on the heritage of Detroit jazz as presented by many of those who call The Motor City their home.

As many festivals do, Detroit features multiple performances by a yearly “Artist In Residence.” This year in Detroit it’s the esteemed saxophonist, composer and bandleader Joshua Redman, who’ll kick off the proceedings on Friday night in a performance with that always surprising and unique piano trio The Bad Plus. There is no telling what these four will come up with but I’d pay good money to see that show. Nice thing is that in Detroit I won’t have to pay for the pleasure. Later that night Kevin Mahogany and other vocalists take the stage with David Berger’s NYC Big Band to present a show they call “A Night at the Apollo.”

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