Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup

All-star roster includes Shorter, Hancock, Bridgewater, Ayer, Clarke, Liebman, Scofield and more

Wayne Shorter (photo by Robert Ascroft)
Hudson (from top and left): John Medeski, Larry Grenadier, Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield (photo by Bill Douthart)
Regina Carter (photo courtesy of DL Media)

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The Detroit Jazz Festival, taking place Sept. 1-4, has announced its full artist lineup including 2017 artist-in-residence Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Hudson (Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield), Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chucho Valdés, Billy Childs, Danilo Pérez, Donny McCaslin, John Patitucci and many more.

The Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade will open the festival on Sept. 1, with Shorter also performing in a quintet featuring pianist Geri Allen, keyboardist Leo Genovese, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington on Sept. 3, and in his quartet plus the Detroit Jazz Festival Symphony Orchestra on Sept 4.

In a press release sent to JazzTimes, Chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board of Directors Gretchen Valade states, “We are proud to deliver a festival, for free, that Detroiters and jazz fans from around the world continually mark on their calendars as a can’t-miss event. Our remarkable lineup of musicians and joyous atmosphere will deliver attendees a jazz experience that not only highlights great artists, but also our dynamic community.”

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List of Performers (all times TBD)


  • Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade
  • Miles Mosley
  • Herbie Hancock
  • George “Sax” Benson Detroit Jam Session


  • Hudson (Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield)
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Theo Croker Quintet
  • Chucho Valdés & Joe Lovano Quintet
  • Donny McCaslin
  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra
  • Miles Mosley + the West Coast Get Down
  • Billy Childs Quartet
  • Danilo Pérez
  • John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet


  • Henry Butler & the Jambalaya Band
  • Cameron Graves
  • Benny Golson
  • Sean Jones Quintet
  • John Beasley presents MONK’estra
  • Kyle Eastwood Quintet
  • Akihiro Nishiguchi Trio
  • Kamasi Washington
  • Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet
  • Kat Edmonson
  • Wayne Shorter Quintet
  • Wide Angles: The Music of Michael Brecker featuring Joe Lovano, Donny McCaslin, Rick Margitza, John Patitucci, Brian Blade and members of the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra


  • Vijay Iyer
  • Regina Carter
  • Stanley Clarke
  • New Light (Dave Liebman, Gene Perla, Adam Niewood, Adam Nussbaum)
  • Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
  • Johnny O’Neal Trio
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet with the Detroit Jazz Festival Symphony Orchestra performing Emanon