Detroit International Jazz Festival Announces 2010 Lineup

Festival takes place on Labor Day Weekend in Motor City

Mulgrew Miller
Barry Harris
Kurt Elling

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The Detroit International Jazz Festival, being held September 3-6 in downtown Detroit, has announced its schedule of performances and events. This year’s theme is: “Flame Keepers – Carrying the Torch for Modern Jazz,” and many of the performances will hew to that theme.

Among the artists slated to appear at the 31st Annual Detroit International Jazz Festival are: Bobby Watson & a reunited HORIZON with Terell Stafford, Victor Lewis, Edward Simon and Essiet Essiet; Michael Weiss’s quintet featuring Randy Brecker in a tribute to Horace Silver; Benny Green, along with Christian McBride and Greg Hutchinson, paying homage to Ray Brown; Maria Schneider Orchestra; Hot Club of Detroit salute Django Reinhardt; Dominick Farinacci and Jonathan Batiste rememberi Clifford Brown; a special tribute to Detroit’s Pepper Adams featuring baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan with Barry Harris; “Defenders of the Groove” with vocalist Ernie Andrews, Louis Hayes, Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson and Melvin Sparks; Kurt Elling with special guest Ernie Watts; Tierney Sutton; The Manhattan Transfer with the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Dennis Wilson; Danilo Perez; Tia Fuller; Freddy Cole Trio; Scott Kinsey Quartet; Poogie Bell Band with Victor Bailey; The Fabulous Thunderbirds; Kirk Whalum, joined by Lalah Hathaway and Robert Randolph, performing the music of Donny Hathaway; Roy Haynes & his Fountain of Youth Band; Matt Wilson & Trio M with Myra Melford and Mark Dresser.

As reported in an earlier story on, Mulgrew Miller will be serving as the Artist-in-Residence and he will be featured on several stages throughout the weekend. On opening night, his trio will be joined by Take 6, and his other appearances include a duo piano session with Kenny Barron, a performance with his own band Wingspan, and a project with Detroit-based artists Karriem Riggins and Bob Hurst.

Several of the artists will be interviewed in the Pepsi Jazz Talk Tent. In addition, the festival will be spotlighting numerous student ensembles as part of its education program.

All of the events are free. For more information about the festival, go to their web site.