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Reunion-Themed Lineup Announced for Detroit Jazz Festival

Several past artists-in-residence set to take the stage

Gil Goldstein, Donny McCaslin, John Patitucci and Brian Blade (from left) pay homage to Michael Brecker at the 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival, with the festival’s orchestra

The 40th annual Detroit Jazz Festival is going to be a homecoming of sorts, as organizers prepare to welcome back several prominent artists to the festival’s stage.

Set for Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2, the world’s largest free (of charge) jazz festival features bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke as the 2019 Artist-in-Residence. Clarke had been scheduled to perform in 2014 and 2017, but those sets were canceled due to weather.

Past Artists-in-Residence joining Clarke at the festival include Ron Carter, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Danilo Pérez, Terence Blanchard, and more.

“We’re truly poised for a remarkable festival celebrating 40 years of tremendous performers and performances,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board of Directors. “We welcome our guests from around the world to enjoy one of the best experiences Detroit has to offer.”

The full festival schedule will be available at a later date. Below is a partial lineup, announced by the organizers this past Tuesday:

Friday, Aug. 30
Danilo Pérez’s Global Big Band featuring the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra and Guests
Stanley Clarke: Back-to-‘School Days’
The Soul Rebels
Dr. Valade’s Brass Band led by Shannon Powell

Saturday, Aug. 31
Macy Gray
Ron Carter Quartet
Yellowjackets with Luciana Souza
Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers
Joe Lovano Nonet
Untitled Artist: Cameron Graves with the Detroit Jazz Festival Generations Alumni Band
Sheila Jordan
The Soul Rebels

Sunday, Sept. 1
Stanley Clarke: A night of jazz with the Stanley Clarke Band
Kenny Garrett Quintet
Terence Blanchard: AB2 – Art Blakey Project
Dee Dee Bridgewater and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Pat Metheny Ron Carter Duo
John Pizzarelli Trio
Untitled Artist: Cameron Graves
Connie Han
Red Baraat
Veronica Swift
Thornetta Davis

Monday, Sept. 2
Stanley Clarke: ‘Boyz n the Hood’ featuring the Detroit Jazz Festival String Orchestra
Pat Metheny: Side Eye
Chucho Valdés: JazzBatá
Still Dreaming with Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Dave King
Luciana Souza’s Book of Longing featuring Chico Pinheiro and Scott Colley
Marialy Pacheco
The Four Freshmen and 5 Trombones
Michael Jellick Sextet

The Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Quicken Loans will take place throughout downtown Detroit and nearby Hart Plaza. For more information, visit

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