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September 1-4, 2017

Matthew Jurasek
Maureen McFadden

Festival Website:
Detroit Jazz Festival






The Detroit Jazz Festival announces a diverse lineup of headlining acts for the 38th annual Labor Day Weekend Festival, set to take place September 1-4. 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.


FRIDAY 9/1: 

7:00pm - 8:15pm 

  • 2017 Artist-in-Residence: Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

8:30pm - 8:55pm

  • Miles Mosley and The West Coast Get Down  - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

9:00pm - 10:15pm

  • Herbie Hancock

11:00pm - 1:30am

  • Hometown Jam Session celebrating Detroit legacy artist George “Sax” Benson featuring legacy guest artist Rick Margitza House Band – Dreamers: The George “Sax” Benson Songbook Glenn Tucker, Vincent York, Wendell Harrison, Vincent Bowens, Steve Wood, Marion Hayden, and Renell Gonsalves - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom on the 4th Floor, Jam Sessions presented by Mack Avenue Records



11:30am - 1:00pm

  • MSBOA Showcase: Northview HS Jackson HS Warren Mott HS - Absopure Water Front Stage

12:00pm - 1:15pm

  • University of Michigan Combo Showcase - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

1:30pm - 2:30pm

  • 2017 DJF National Jazz Drums Competition Winner - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

2:00pm - 3:15pm

  • McKinFolk - JPMorgan Chase Mainstage

2:00pm - 3:00pm

  • The Ali Bey Quartet - Absopure Water Front Stage

3:15pm - 4:30pm

  • John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

3:30pm - 4:45pm

  • Zen Zadravec Quartet - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

3:45pm - 5:00pm

  • Theo Croker Quintet - Absopure Water Front Stage

4:00pm - 5:15pm

  • Donny McCaslin Group - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

5:15pm - 6:30pm

  • HUDSON Jack DeJohnetteLarry GrenadierJohn MedeskiJohn Scofield - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

5:45pm - 7:00pm

  • Michael Dease Quintet – Detroit ‘Bone Celebrating JJ Johnson, Curtis Fuller, & Frank Rosolino - Absopure Water Front Stage

7:15pm - 8:30pm

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

7:30pm - 8:45pm

  • Danilo Pérez’s Panamonk Revisited: 20th Anniversary with Ben Street and Terri Lyne Carrington - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

7:45pm - 9:00pm

  • Billy Childs Quartet: Rebirth - Absopure Water Front Stage

8:00pm - 9:15pm

  • Miles Mosley and The West Coast Get Down - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

9:15pm - 10:30pm

  • Chucho Valdés Joe Lovano Quintet - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

11:00pm - 12:15am

  • Donny McCaslin Jam Session - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom on the 4th Floor, Jam Sessions presented by Mack Avenue Records



12:15am - 1:30am

  • Theo Croker Quintet Jam Session - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom on the 4th Floor, Jam Sessions presented by Mack Avenue Records

11:30am - 1:00pm

  • MSBOA Showcase: Meridian HS Eisenhower HS Northville HS - Absopure Water Front Stage

12:00pm - 1:15pm

  • Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra I - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

12:15pm - 1:15pm

  • J.C. Heard JazzWeek@Wayne All-Star Youth Ensemble - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

1:30pm - 2:30pm

  • Urban Transport Reunion - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

2:00pm - 3:15pm

  • Kyle Eastwood Band - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

2:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Ron English Dectet - Absopure Water Front Stage

2:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Marcus Elliot Quartet - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

3:15pm - 4:30pm

  • Cameron Graves - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

3:45pm - 5:00pm

  • Henry Butler & the Jambalaya Band - Absopure Water Front Stage

3:45pm - 4:45pm

  • Vincent Bowens Organ Quartet  - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

4:00pm - 5:15pm

  • 2017 Featured Untitled Artist: Karriem Riggins Live featuring Common and Special Guest – Music with a Purpose - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

5:15pm - 6:30pm

  • Sean Jones Quintet - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

5:30pm - 6:45pm

  • Kat Edmonson - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

5:45pm - 7:00pm

  • Akihiro Nishiguchi Trio - Absopure Water Front Stage

6:00pm - 7:15pm

  • John Beasley’s MONK’estra - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

7:15pm - 8:30pm

  • Wide Angles: Celebrating the music of Michael Brecker featuring Joe Lovano, Donny McCaslin, Rick Margitza, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra Gil Goldstein, Musical Director - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

7:30pm - 8:45pm

  • The Benny Golson Quintet - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

7:45pm - 9:00pm

  • Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet - Absopure Water Front Stage

8:00pm - 9:15pm

  • Kamasi Washington - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

9:15pm - 10:30pm

  • 2017 Artist-in-Residence Quintet: Wayne Shorter, Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

11:00pm - 12:15pm 

  • Mack Avenue Records: All-Star Jam Session Sean Jones Quartet - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom on the 4th Floor, Jam Sessions presented by Mack Avenue Records



12:15am - 1:30am

  • NYC Jam Session - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom on the 4th Floor, Jam Sessions presented by Mack Avenue Records

11:45am - 1:15pm

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District Showcase: DJF-DPS All-City Jazz Combo - Absopure Water Front Stage

1:00pm - 2:15pm

  • World Premiere “HANK’S SYMPHONY” The Music of Hank Mobley lyrics by George V. Johnson Jr. special guest Benny Golson - JPMorgan Chase Mainstage

1:15pm - 2:30pm

  • Johnny O’Neal Trio - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

1:20pm - 2:20pm

  • Rodney Whitaker Quintet - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

2:15pm - 3:15pm

  • Sheila Landis Jazz - Absopure Water Front Stage

2:45pm - 4:00pm

  • Wayne State University Big Band I with legacy guest artist Rick Margitza - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

3:00pm - 4:15pm

  • Regina Carter: Simply Ella - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

3:00pm - 4:15pm

  • Robert Hurst presents Black Current Jam  - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

4:00pm - 5:15pm

  • Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet - Absopure Water Front Stage

4:45pm - 6:00pm

  • Vijay Iyer Sextet - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

4:45pm - 5:45pm

  • The Russell Malone Quartet featuring: Russell Malone, Rick Germanson, Willie Jones III, and Luke Sellick - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

5:00pm - 6:15pm

  • Stanley Clarke - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

5:45pm - 6:45pm

  • 2017 Untitled Featured Artist: Karriem Riggins Live with Special Guest Esperanza Spalding – Music with a Purpose - Absopure Water Front Stage

6:30pm - 7:45pm

  • New Light: The Music of Elvin Jones: Live @ The Lighthouse featuring Dave Liebman, Gene Perla, Adam Niewood, Adam Nussbaum - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

6:45pm - 8:00pm

  • 2017 Artist-in-Residence Wayne Shorter Quartet with the Detroit Jazz festival Orchestra: Emanon - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

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