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Detroit Jazz Festival announces 2018 lineup

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Posted at 1:29 PM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 15:55:31-04

The 39th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival lineup has been announced. 

The festival, which runs Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 in downtown Detroit, will kick off with performances by Artist-in-Residence Chick Corea and the 2018 inaugural Resident Ensemble, featuring Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding. 

“Jazz has always been about freedom, communication and individual expression, and there’s nothing that encapsulates the depth of the genre better than a diverse lineup like the one we have planned this year,” said Chris Collins, president and artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. 

View the full list of confirmed artists below:

Friday, Aug. 31

  • Dr. Valade’s Brass Band Led by New Orleans Legend Shannon Powell
  • Resident Ensemble: Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding – Tribute to Geri Allen
  • Artist-in-Residence: Chick Corea Akoustic Band

 Saturday, Sept. 1

  • Straight Ahead 25th Anniversary Reunion Featuring: Regina Carter, Marion Hayden, Gayelynn McKinney and Alina Morr
  • Julian Lage Trio          
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith Organ Trio
  • Detroit Jazz Festival National Instrumental Competition Winner
  • Tia Fuller
  • Nicholas Payton – Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
  • Sasha Masakowski & Art Market
  • Emmet Cohen Trio
  • Trio of Oz featuring: Omar Hakim and Rachel Z
  • Artist-in-Residence: Chick Corea Elektric Band
  • Ravi Coltrane’s Universal Consciousness: Melodic Meditations of Alice Coltrane 

Sunday, Sept. 2

  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
  • Harold López-Nussa with Grégoire Maret and Pedrito Martinez
  • Eddie Daniels Quartet with The Harlem String Quartet
  • Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano
  • Karriem Riggins Detroit Generations  
  • Hub-Tones: Freddie Hubbard 80th Birthday Celebration – Featuring: Nicholas Payton, Randy Brecker, David Weiss and Dwight Adams
  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
  • Resident Ensemble: Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding – Tribute to Geri Allen
  • AASABA Trio – Hirofumi Asaba
  • Senri Oe
  • J.C. Heard JazzWeek@Wayne All-Stars
  • Pat Martino Quintet
  • Marcus Miller                                      

Monday, Sept. 3

  • Four Freshmen and 5 Trombones
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant
  • The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion                           
  • Resident Ensemble: Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding – Tribute to Geri Allen
  • Christian Sands Trio
  • Joey DeFrancesco: Project Freedom
  • Artist-in-Residence: Chick Corea with the Detroit Jazz Festival Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Steven Mercurio