The 34th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival | Aug. 30th – Sept. 2nd, 2013

Jazz Legends to Perform at 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival Labor Day Weekend

DETROIT, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Detroit Jazz Festival “Imported from Detroit” today announced the headlining acts and 2013 Artist in Residence for the 34th annual Labor Day Weekend performances. Once again the Festival will deliver an eclectic lineup filled with jazz greats, performing on four stages throughout Labor Day weekend.

“We strive to make the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Labor Day weekend concerts more exceptional every year, and continue to show people from around the world what our great city has to offer,” said Gretchen Valade , chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors. “Everything we do at the Detroit Jazz Festival is meant to enrich the lives of music lovers everywhere. We want to make it possible for them to see their favorite jazz artists all in one place, and most importantly, offering these performances for free. It’s not just about amazing music; it’s about making it available for anyone that wants to listen.”

The 2013 headlining acts will include:

    2013 Artist in Residence, Danilo Perez
    David Murray Big Band with Macy Gray
    Ahmad Jamal
    Joshua Redman Quartet
    John Scofield Uberjam
    Shelia Jordan with strings featuring the Alan Broadbent Trio
    McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Savion Glover
    The Saxophone Summit featuring Ravi Coltrane , David Liebman and Joe Lovano
    Gregory Porter
    Robert Glasper Experiment
    Charles Lloyd Quartet featuring Bill Frisell
    Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway
    With a special tribute to David Brubeck , featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and rarely heard orchestral compositions by Dave Brubeck

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“This year’s lineup was again carefully selected. We want to represent real jazz in all its forms. This year, we’re focusing on all dimensions and the different generations of jazz music. The creative artists we’re bringing together are pushing boundaries to create new, unique approaches that explore the true nature of jazz music,” said Chris Collins , artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. “Making an impact in the jazz world, but also creating meaningful experiences for the audience, is what the Detroit Jazz Festival is all about.”

Every year, to promote the great musicians living in our city, the Detroit Jazz Festival asks for regional submissions from artists who are interested in playing at the Festival. The Festival is committed to growing artists within our region, but also beyond. Last year, the Festival started annual competitions in order to identify talented musicians and arrangers who are developing their careers. For 2013, arrangers and trumpeters, the instrument chosen for the year, are invited to send in compositions by July 1, 2013 for the opportunity to perform at this year’s Festival.

The 34th annual Festival weekend will take place once again over Labor Day weekend in Hart Plaza and Campus Martius, downtown Detroit. The Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the world, with attendees from all over the world, and more than 25 percent of attendees coming from outside of Michigan. In addition to providing incredible opportunities to see jazz legends, the Festival makes a significant economic impact on the city of Detroit through Festival weekend activities and year-round initiatives. Attendees can see the world-renowned artists on four stages – JP Morgan Chase Main Stage, Carhartt Amphitheatre Stage, Mack Avenue Records Waterfront Stage and Absopure Pyramid Stage – Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, 2013.

This year’s major corporate sponsors, who continue to help keep the Festival free, include the Chrysler brand, JP Morgan Chase, Opportunity Detroit, Carhartt, DTE Energy Foundation and Mack Avenue Records. Individuals support also is available through Rhythm Section memberships.

About the Detroit Jazz Festival

The Detroit Jazz Festival is an independent, non-profit organization that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. Recently voted number two in North America in a JazzTimes reader’s poll, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the world and a major tourist attraction for the City of Detroit, with 25.8 percent of its audience coming from out of state.

The festival receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Erb Family Foundation; Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs; the SAP REFX Expert LLC and DE FRANCE DE TERSANT Trust; and the Kresge Foundation. Major corporate partners include JP Morgan Chase, Opportunity Detroit, Carhartt and Mack Avenue Records. Additional partners include Absopure, Amtech International, Art Van Furniture, Charity Motors, Dickinson Wright, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Domino’s, Fathead, Great Lakes Beverage, Marriott, McDonalds, MGM Grand Detroit, PNC Foundation, Pepsi Beverages Company, Quicken Loans, Wakefield, Sutherland and Lubera DownBeat, Hour Detroit, JazzTimes, MetroTimes and Fox 2. The Festival’s Greening Program, now entering Phase IV, is supported by a generous grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. For more information visit />

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