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Photos: 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

Scofield/Mehldau/Guiliana, Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project and more

Alfredo Rodriguez performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Brad Mehldau performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Cyrille Aimée performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
David Weiss performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
From left: Donald Vega, Ron Carter and Russell Malone perform at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
David Weiss and Point of Departure perform at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Helen Sung performs with Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
The Jason Moran Bandwagon Trio performs at the 2016 Jazz Festival
Jason Moran performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
JD Allen performs with David Weiss and Point of Departure at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Jimmy Heath and Roberta Gambarini perform at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
John Scofield performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Kirk Lightsey performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Kirk Lightsey performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Louis Hayes performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Mark Guiliana performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Robert Hurst performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Russell Malone performs in Ron Carter's Great Big Band at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
From left: Brad Mehldau, John Scofield and Mark Guiliana perform at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
From left: Brad Mehldau, John Scofield and Mark Guiliana perform at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Terri Lyne Carrington leads her Mosaic Project at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Tia Fuller (left) and Ingrid Jensen perform with Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Freddy Cole 2016
Freddy Cole performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival (photo: Marek Lazarski)
Herlin Riley performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Roy Hargrove performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
Roy Hargrove's RH Factor performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

The 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival finished out Labor Day Weekend with perfect weather and a versatile, consistently engaging program. A few of our favorite sets on Sunday and Monday included a trio featuring hometown heroes Kirk Lightsey, Robert Hurst and Louis Hayes; a crowd-pleasing “with strings” Nat King Cole tribute by Freddy Cole; a fiercely funky set from Roy Hargrove’s too-rarely-heard RH Factor; a festival-stealing hour-plus from drummer Herlin Riley’s powerhouse working quintet; performances by two of the best big bands going, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and artist-in-residence Ron Carter’s Great Big Band; Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, with moments of explosive vintage jazz-rock; David Weiss’ Point of Departure, melding postbop with fusion energy via two killer young guitarists; Alfredo Rodriguez and Jason Moran, proving the limitless creative possibilities of the jazz piano trio; and Scofield/Mehldau/Guiliana, with its thinking man’s take on live electronic groove. A full report will follow, but in the meantime dig these photos by JT photographer Marek Lazarski.

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