So Hart Plaza has been jammed packed with festivals this summer.
We smacked on some good bbq at the Ribs and Soul Festival, got back to our roots with the African World Festival, but, as always, the Motor City saved the best for last — hot jazz.
The 32nd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival, taking place this Labor Day Weekend, is going to be filled with talented musicians, both local and national, who will personally be playing their “you know what” off — and all for free!
Now every Detroit girl should appreciate good jazz, especially considering the rich, jazz history the city has. We can claim brilliant musicians like pianist Tommy Flanagan, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, drummer Elvin Jones… and the list goes on.
Not to mention the young, blossoming talent that is continuously coming out of Detroit such as violinist Regina Carter (who will also be performing at the fest) and saxophonist James Carter. I recently interviewed Detroit jazz historian Jim Gallert and I believe he said it best, “Maybe it really is something in the water.”
DJF, which is the main playing field for musical talent in the city, will be celebrating the world influences on jazz with their “We bring you the World” theme.
So, if you plan on crashing the event this coming weekend, but may not be too familiar with the bands that will be performing, then here are a few musicians to look out for:
Pianist Vijay Iyer
Detroit based trumpeter Rayse Biggs
Local Detroit vocalist Kimmie Horne
Gypsy jazz band Hot Club of Detroit
Pianist Jason Moran & The Bandwagon
Trumpeter Sean Jones’ Quintet
Vibraphonist Warren Wolf and the Wolfpac
Detroit native Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread
More info on the festival here.