RE: [JPL] Frank Malfitano - revised link

Jackson, Bobby Bobby.Jackson at
Thu Sep 21 12:55:30 EDT 2006

Frank Malfitano will be missed in his role shepherding Detroit's Jazz
Festival.  He was there during its most critical time and saw it through
with amazing success.  His vision was jazz and beyond.  I believe that
philosophy was key to the festivals survival.  There aren't many music
festivals around the world that can hold a candle to Detroit's.  That is
why I haven't made it yet to Tanglewood or Chicago's during Labor Day.
The fact that there are so many quality acts, variety, educational
components, things for kids to do and explore and it's free to all
comers makes it a no brainer in terms of how to spend my Labor Day
holiday.  It's like Christmas in late summer.  Detroit's club scene also
kindles aflame from that fire as well opening its doors to late night
and early morning jam sessions that piggyback the festival.  For those
that haven't visited the Motor City during this time you really don't
know what you're missing.  It's like New Orleans NORTH (and yes, they
also have a riverboat on the Detroit River playing jazz during the
festival and did I mention the fireworks???).  That's what Frank did!!
I thank him for his vision, his caring, the team he assembled to carry
out the vision and for all his hard work on behalf of the music we all
love.  He will be missed.

I also want to congratulate Terri Pontremoli (formerly managing director
of Tri-C Jazz Fest here in Cleveland) on her new appointment.  She has
big shoes to fill but after years of working with Terri, I also feel she
has the skill set to continue to build on the high standard that Frank
set.  Good luck to you both.


Bobby Jackson
WCPN-FM/Cleveland, OH   

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Sorry folks, the link I posted earlier doesn't work for everyone... here
the corrected one

Frank Malfitano, who guided the Detroit International Jazz Festival
one of its most financially troubled periods and engineered a sweeping 
expansion ...

Lois Gilbert


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