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Review: Detroit Jazz Festival 2017

It says something about the curatorial sharpness and magnitude of the 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival when sets including the Vijay Iyer Sextet, Karriem Riggins with Esperanza Spalding, a tribute to Elvin Jones featuring Dave Liebman, and Wayne Shorter plus strings can be cancelled and a serious fan still feels sated. Unfortunately that point was proven … Read More “Review: Detroit Jazz Festival 2017”

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Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter by Michelle Mercer

In 1970, what other jazz musician had Wayne Shorter’s pedigree? Right after being handpicked by Art Blakey he was tabbed by Miles Davis, who only needed a sure-thing replacement for John Coltrane. Both iconic bandleaders embraced Shorter as a player and musical director, and the saxophonist still had enough creative energy left to produce a … Read MoreFootprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter by Michelle Mercer”

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