Legends to perform at 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival, Labor Day Weekend

Jazz greats announced for famous festival

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Detroit Jazz Festival announced the new lineup for this year's famous bash on the riverfront.  It includes many legends ready to play downtown on Labor Day weekend.

The Jazz greats will perform on four stages in Hart Plaza and Campus Martius, August 30th through September 2nd.

"We strive to make the Detroit Jazz Festival's Labor Day weekend concerts more exceptional every year, and continue to show people from around the world what our great city has to offer," says Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors.

"Everything we do at the Detroit Jazz Festival is meant to enrich the lives of music lovers everywhere. We want to make it possible for them to see their favorite jazz artists all in one place, and most importantly, offering these performances for free. It's not just about amazing music; it's about making it available for anyone that wants to listen."

The 2013 headlining acts will include:
·    2013 Artist in Residence, Danilo Pérez
·    David Murray Big Band with Macy Gray
·    Ahmad Jamal
·    Joshua Redman Quartet
·    John Scofield Überjam
·    Shelia Jordan with strings featuring the Alan Broadbent Trio
·    McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Savion Glover
·    Yellowjackets
·    The Saxophone Summit featuring Ravi Coltrane, David Liebman and Joe Lovano
·    Gregory Porter
·    Robert Glasper Experiment
·    Charles Lloyd Quartet featuring Bill Frisell
·    Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway
·    With a special tribute to David Brubeck, featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and rarely heard orchestral compositions by Dave Brubeck

You can find the full lineup online at: http://detroitjazzfest.com/

"This year's lineup was again carefully selected," says Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. "We want to represent real jazz in all its forms. This year, we're focusing on all dimensions and the different generations of jazz music. The creative artists we're bringing together are pushing boundaries to create new, unique approaches that explore the true nature of jazz music."

"Making an impact in the jazz world, but also creating meaningful experiences for the audience, is what the Detroit Jazz Festival is all about," says Collins.


Every year, to promote the great musicians living in our city, the Detroit Jazz Festival asks for regional submissions from artists who are interested in playing at the Festival.  The Festival says it's committed to growing artists within our region, but also beyond. Last year, the Festival started annual competitions in order to identify talented musicians and arrangers who are developing their careers. For 2013, arrangers and trumpeters, the instrument chosen for the year, are invited to send in compositions by July 1, 2013 for the opportunity to perform at this year's Festival.

The 34th annual Festival weekend will take place once again over Labor Day weekend in Hart Plaza and Campus Martius, downtown Detroit. The Detroit Jazz Festival bills its event as  "the largest free jazz festival in the world", with attendees from all over the world, and more than 25 percent of attendees coming from outside of Michigan.

In addition to providing incredible opportunities to see jazz legends, the Festival says it makes a significant economic impact on the city of Detroit through Festival weekend activities and year-round initiatives. Attendees can see the world-renowned artists on four stages - JP Morgan Chase Main Stage, Carhartt Amphitheatre Stage, Mack Avenue Records Waterfront Stage and Absopure Pyramid Stage - Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, 2013.

This year's major corporate sponsors, who continue to help keep the Festival free, include the Chrysler brand, JP Morgan Chase, Opportunity Detroit, Carhartt, DTE Energy Foundation and Mack Avenue Records. Individuals support also is available through Rhythm Section memberships.