Detroit Jazz Festival Announces 2017 Artist Line-up
The Detroit Jazz Festival, the world’s largest free jazz festival, has announced its full artist lineup for the 38th annual Labor Day weekend event. The lineup, which is filled with rich and diverse jazz talents, is anchored by 2017 Artist-in-Residence Wayne Shorter, a revolutionary saxophonist and composer globally recognized for his immense contributions to jazz music. Ranging from genre-defining icons to up-and-coming artists, this collection of world-class musicians continues the Festival’s proud tradition of delivering a distinct performance schedule that cannot be found anywhere else. Live sets will take place September 1-4, 2017, on four stages in downtown Detroit.
“Every year during Labor Day weekend, the Detroit Jazz Festival creates a scene downtown that bursts at the seams with culture, vibrancy and wonderful music,” said Gretchen Valade, Chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board of Directors. “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.”
Shorter will help set the tone for the Festival by jumpstarting performances on opening night with a quartet featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade. Additionally, Shorter also will participate in other special artist collaborations, a hallmark of the Detroit Jazz Festival, throughout the holiday weekend. One of these rare performances is a Wayne Shorter Quintet, featuring Geri Allen, Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington, and will take place on Sunday night. Shorter will be featured in an additional collaboration on Monday, making its North American debut: Wayne Shorter Quartet with the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra performs Emanon.
Day-by-day Festival highlights include:
Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade
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
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Miles Mosley + The West Coast Get Down
Billy Childs Quartet: Rebirth
Danilo Pérez: PanaMonk
John Patitucci: The Electric Guitar Quartet
Henry Butler & the Jambalaya Band
Sean Jones Quintet
John Beasley presents MONK’estra
Kyle Eastwood Quintet
Akihiro Nishiguchi Trio
Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet
Quintet: Wayne Shorter, Geri Allen, Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington
Wide Angles: The Music of Michael Brecker
Under the Direction of Gil Goldstein Featuring: Joe Lovano, Donny McCaslin, Rick Margitza, John Patitucci, Brian Blade and members of the DJF Orchestra
Regina Carter: Simply Ella
New Light: The Music of Elvin Jones: Live @ The Lighthouse, featuring 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 perform Emanon
- The J.C. Heard National Drums Competition: Named after one of the most-recorded drummers in history, J.C. Heard, the Festival will recognize and provide a performance opportunity to an outstanding jazz drummer who is 35-years-old or younger. The winner’s style will reflect the values Heard embodied – originality and a commitment to jazz tradition.
- The New Project Series: To support jazz ensembles of excellence, the Foundation is calling for submissions from ensembles with five pieces or more for a paid performance at the Festival. The new project must be a national premiere and 55-70 minutes in length.
- The Original Voices Series: Open to jazz artists of all disciplines and at any stage in their career, the Festival will select a musician, vocalist and/or ensemble who epitomizes originality – from composition to improvisation, texture, style and more – to play a paid performance during Labor Day Weekend programming.