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Detroit Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

Headliners for Labor Day weekend event include 2018 artist-in-residence Chick Corea and a new “resident ensemble” featuring Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding performs at Detroit '17, in a special quartet featuring Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington and Leo Genovese
Esperanza Spalding performs at Detroit ’17

More than 30 performances will take place on four stages in downtown Detroit during the 39th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, which is scheduled to run from Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3. This year, the festival’s artist-in-residence will be Chick Corea, who will perform with his Akoustic Band, Elektric Band and in a sextet with the Detroit Jazz Festival Symphony Orchestra. The DJF has also announced a new annual addition to its programming: a Resident Ensemble, which will play three sets, each one incorporating an element of technology. The inaugural Resident Ensemble was intended to include pianist Geri Allen, but in the wake of her passing last year, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding have agreed to co-lead a group that will pay tribute to Allen’s work.

Other artists confirmed for the festival include Dr. Valade’s Brass Band (led by Shannon Powell); a reunited Straight Ahead featuring Regina Carter, Marion Hayden, Gayelynn McKinney and Alina Morr; Julian Lage Trio; Dr. Lonnie Smith Organ Trio; Tia Fuller; Cécile McLorin Salvant; the Brecker Brothers Band Reunion; Christian Sands Trio; Joey DeFrancesco: Project Freedom; Sasha Masakowski & Art Market; Emmet Cohen Trio; Trio of Oz featuring Omar Hakim and Rachel Z; Ravi Coltrane’s Universal Consciousness; Pat Martino Quintet; Marcus Miller; Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio; Harold López-Nussa with Grégoire Maret and Pedrito Martinez; Eddie Daniels Quartet with the Harlem String Quartet; Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano; Karriem Riggins Detroit Generations; Hub-Tones: A Freddie Hubbard 80th Birthday Celebration featuring Nicholas Payton, Randy Brecker, David Weiss and Dwight Adams; Chris Dave and the Drumhedz; Hirofumi Asaba Trio; Senri Oe; and the Four Freshmen and 5 Trombones.

If you can’t make it to Detroit, it only costs $10 to register for a livestream service that will enable fans to see and hear every performance at the festival. For more information on the event and the artist lineup, visit the festival’s official website.

Read an article about Chick Corea’s recent band project with Steve Gadd.  


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