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Detroit Jazz Festival, Day Four: A Labor Day Bash Closes Out The Festival

Russ Davis of MOJA Radio blogs about final day of free festival in Detroit

Anthony Wilson at 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival
Christian McBride leads big band at 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival
Kevin Eubanks at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival

My fourth day at the 32nd Detroit Jazz Festival began with a combination of work and pleasure, if you want to call being asked to serve as emcee for one of the performances at the festival actual work. I was asked to introduce the show by The Anthony Wilson trio at the waterfront stage under the trees next to the Detroit River on this cool and overcast afternoon and as soon as the music began the pleasure portion of my mission began.

What I knew about Anthony Wilson was that he was the son of the legendary NEA Jazz Master, composer, arranger and conductor Gerald Wilson and that he was an accomplished guitarist and composer with a fine collection of solo releases. I was thrilled to know that in his trio on this day would be the great Larry Goldings on organ and Detroit’s own Karrim Riggins on drums. Though his father is famous for being a Detroiter, Anthony was born, raised and still lives in Los Angeles and Larry Goldings, a born and raised Easterner, has lived and worked out of L.A. for over 7 years now himself. Mr. Riggins had also relocated to L.A. for a while, which is where these three gentlemen first got together, but returned to his hometown not long ago. Karrim was enjoying a triumphant day as he would perform on three stages before the day was done including a show on the main stage downtown with his own ensemble and rapper Common.

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