[JPL] Frank Malfitano
JazzCorner at aol.com
JazzCorner at aol.com
Thu Sep 21 13:50:42 EDT 2006
With Frank's permission, I post the following:
To My Dearest Friends, Extended Musical Family and Detroit Loved Ones:
I'm 'officially' leaving Detroit professionally, effective immediately, but I
wanted you to hear about it from me personally rather than reading about it
in the newspapers and trades, which will probably happen fairly soon after I
reach out to selected members of the Detroit and national jazz media.
Some of you were responsible for bringing me to Detroit, and others of
you were among you my staunchest supporters, advocates and allies during my tenure,
so I wanted to reach out to you personally for embracing me, and for helping
me complete the things that we were able to accomplish in Detroit over the past
seven years. And of course to thank you for all you've done for me and for
Please know that I'm VERY grateful to each of you for your support,
friendship, advocacy, assistance, love and friendship. Without your support the past
seven years, the things I accomplished in Detroit would never have been
As I've said publicly and privately on countless and numerous occasions, I
honestly believe that Detroit is one of the world's greatest music cities, and
being able to be involved with the Detroit jazz community has been one of the
absolute highlights of my three-decade career in jazz. To be able to work with
Detroit jazz legends like Marcus Belgrave, Ed Love, Marion Hayden, Barry
Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Bennie Maupin, Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Kirk Lightsey,
Louis Hayes, Charles McPherson, Geri Allen, James Carter, Donald Walden, Regina
Carter, Louis Smith, Straight Ahead, Larry Nozero, Charlie Gabriel, Buddy
Budson, the legendary Dr. Teddy Harris Jr. and so many other Detroit jazz ginats
has been a personal and professional thrill beyond my wildest imagination and
It's also been a huge honor for me to be involved in the continuing evolution
of one of North America's and one of the World's greatest music festivals,
and to be able to bring so many of my gifted musician friends to Detroit from
New York, New Orleans and Europe to play for some of the hippest audiences
As my beloved wife Kathy and I looked around and surveyed the festival over
this past Labor Day weekend, and as we assessed things in its aftermath of the
festival over the last few weeks time, we realized that, for me, the Detroit
chapter of my life is over and my work there is now complete.
There really aren't any mountains left for me to climb.
In retrospect, we succeeded in stabilizing the festival financially in 2006,
brought about some needed expansion in 2005, got it to its milestone 25th
anniversary in 2004, created and produced a nationwide and worldwide annual radio
broadcast in 2003, and together presented some of the greatest jazz and music
artists the world has ever known for the past six years.
As an old Boy Scout, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that I
honestly believe that we left the camp site a little bit better than we found it
when I arrived.
Originally, I had no intention of returning to Detroit this past year, but
when festival founder Bob McCabe asked me to return for one more edition, I
found it impossible not to honor his request to stay on for one more hitch to help
transition the festival to its new presenting organization and Foundation.
Now that that's been accomplished, I'm moving on to concentrate on ushering the
Syracuse Jazz Fest in my hometown in Upstate NY to its historic 25th
anniversary edition in 2007 and to consult with other start up festivals in Connecticut
and New Orleans that are beckoning.
In closing, my best wishes for continued success with one of the world's
greatest music festival's in a city that I will always love, hold dear and cherish
forever. Thank you for being an indespensable part of the Detroit festival's
historic rebirth, resuscitation, renaissance and revitalization. And Thanks
for being in my life. May God continue to bless you.
With love, respect and gratitude,
fmalfitano at syracusejazzfest.com
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