The Detroit Jazz Festival announces a diverse lineup of headlining acts for the 36th annual Labor Day Weekend Festival, set to take place September 4-7. The lineup is the culmination of the Festival’s commitment to bringing an eclectic and unique group of jazz musicians to downtown Detroit, while delivering a collection of performances that includes a Homecoming Series with Detroit natives, exciting new artists, legends, and student groups all connected around musical experiences that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

“Detroit is a place filled with soul, culture and creativity, and we have a great legacy of jazz here. Our Festival—the world’s largest free jazz festival—truly showcases what makes our city special,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Being part of the Festival since its inception, it has been rewarding to watch it grow and become an event that is woven into the fabric of the Detroit and Jazz communities. We’re looking to add to its legacy with another collection of unforgettable performances this year.”

In his fourth year as artistic director, Chris Collins has once again curated a world-class lineup that is truly representative of the genre in all its facets.

The 36th annual Festival weekend will take place in Hart Plaza and Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. With world-renowned artists taking to four stages – JPMorgan Chase Main Stage, Carhartt Amphitheater Stage, Mack Avenue Waterfront Stage and Absopure Pyramid Stage – the Detroit Jazz Festival attracts jazz enthusiasts from far and wide. In addition to fostering the exchange of art and culture in Detroit, the Festival also drives economic activity through performances and initiatives that take place throughout the year.

This year’s major corporate sponsors, who continue to keep the festival free, include Absopure, Carhartt, DTE Energy Foundation, Greektown Casino, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mack Avenue Records and Opportunity Detroit. Individuals also can support the Festival 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 23% of its audience coming from out of state.

The Festival receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Erb Family Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. Major corporate partners include JPMorgan Chase & Co., Opportunity Detroit, Carhartt and Mack Avenue Records. Additional partners include Absopure Water Company, Comcast, Detroit Marriott, Fathead, Great Lakes Beverage, McDonalds, MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Panasonic and Quicken Loans. Media partners include DownBeatHour Detroit, JazzTimesMetroTimes and Fox 2. The festival’s Greening Program, now entering Phase IV, is supported by a generous grant from the DTE Energy Foundation.

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2015 LINEUP

2015 Detroit Jazz Festival lineup featuring a collection of performances including a Homecoming Series with Detroit natives, exciting new artists, legends and student groups all connected around special custom programming and unique musical experiences that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

Pat Metheny – 2015 Artist-in-Residence presented by Absopure (four performances)

  • Pat Metheny Trio with Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley & special guest Kenny Garrett
  • Pat Metheny acoustic duo with Ron Carter
  • Pat Metheny Reunion with Gary Burton Quartet
  • Pat Metheny, Scott Colley, Antonio Sanchez, and Danny Gottlieb with the Detroit Jazz Festival Big Band and String Orchestra, Conducted by Alan Broadbent, perform new works including the North American premiere of Metheny’s multi-movement/multi-media tribute to Eberhard Weber.
  • Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express
  • Benny’s Threads – Inspired by the artistry of Benny Goodman, featuring new compositions by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, spoken word from author Douglas Preston, and superstar clarinetists featuring Eddie Daniels, Paquito D’Rivera, Ken Peplowski and Anat Cohen
  • Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band
  • Richard Bona: Mandekan Cubano
  • Joanne Brackeen Quartet
  • Jungle Funk Trio
  • Will Calhoun Quartet w/Greg Osby
  • Ron Carter Trio
  • Anat Cohen Celebrando Brasil: From Rio to Minas
  • Eddie Daniels jazz version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for Detroit with the Detroit Jazz Festival String Orchestra and original narration from Douglas Preston.
  • Dave Douglas Quintet
  • Paquito D’Rivera Quintet
  • Kenny Garrett Quintet
  • Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra: Conductor Carla Bley, Bassist Steve Swallow
  • Jon Irabagon Quartet
  • Oliver Lake Organ Quartet
  • Carmen Lundy
  • Mack Ave. Superband
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa “Bird Calls”
  • René Marie Experiment in Truth
  • Danilo Pérez – world premiere of his commissioned Detroit World Suite
  • Ken Peplowski Quartet
  • Ester Rada
  • Arturo Sandoval
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra
  • Christian Scott Sextet
  • The John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet
  • Tuba Skinny
  • Steve Turre: Rahsaan Roland Kirk Birthday Celebration with special guest James Carter
  • James “Blood” Ulmer & the Black Rock Experience featuring Queen Esther
  • Manuel Valera & Groove Square

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