Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Lineup for 36th Annual Event

Danili Perez / Maria Schneider / Anat Cohen
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. Launching this vision is 2015 Artist in Residence Pat Metheny, presented by Absopure, who will grace all four stages throughout the weekend with sets including:

Pat Metheny Trio with Antonio Sánchez, 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 Sánchez, and Danny Gottlieb with the Detroit Jazz Festival Big Band and String Orchestra, Conducted by Alan Broadbent, performing new works including the North American premiere of Metheny's multi-movement/multi-media tribute to Eberhard Weber.
The full 2015 lineup includes (in alphabetical order):
Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band
Richard Bona: Mandekan Cubano
Joanne Brackeen Quartet
Ron Carter
Will Calhoun Quartet with 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
Jungle Funk Trio
Oliver Lake Organ Quartet
Carmen Lundy
Mack Avenue SuperBand
Rudresh Mahanthappa "Bird Calls"
René Marie Experiment in Truth
Ken Peplowski Quartet
Danilo Pérez - World premiere of his commissioned Detroit World Suite
Ester Rada
Arturo Sandoval
Maria Schneider Orchestra
The John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet
Tuba Skinny
Christian Scott Sextet
"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 Anat Cohen, Eddie Daniels, Paquito D'Rivera and Ken Peplowski
Steve Turre and James Carter: Rahsaan Roland Kirk Birthday Celebration
James "Blood" Ulmer & Black Music Experience featuring Queen Esther
Manuel Valera & Groove Square

To see the full lineup, visit detroitjazzfest.com

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