[JPL] Detroit International Jazz Festival

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29th Annual Detroit International Jazz Festival Schedule Highlights
Labor Day Weekend, August 29-September 1

Detroit Lions Legend LEM BARNEY To Introduce Jazz Fest Tribute to Marvin 

What promises to be an exceptional opening night at the 29th Annual 
Detroit International Jazz Festival just became even more special with 
the announcement that Detroit Lions icon and Pro Football Hall of Famer, 
Lem Barney, will appear as guest emcee for the festival's tribute to the 
music of his dear friend Marvin Gaye.

The Philly-Detroit Marvin Gaye tribute on Friday, August 29, is being 
curated and arranged by renowned Philadelphia bassist Christian McBride 
in keeping with festival theme, A Love Supreme: The Philly/Detroit 
Summit. McBride will present his personalized takes on classic Gaye 
material with a big band of stellar Detroit-based musicians backing R&B 
vocalists Lalah Hathaway and Rahsaan Patterson. Joining the two veteran 
singers in interpreting selections from the Marvin Gaye songbook will be 
up-and-coming jazz vocalist Jose James.

The appearance of Lem Barney provides a personal connection to the 
subject of the tribute. Barney met Marvin Gaye in 1970 when the singer 
had a highly publicized tryout with the Detroit Lions. Marvin didn't 
make the team, but the two established a lifelong friendship. Barney and 
teammate Mel Farr were then invited by Gaye to sing on his masterpiece 
What's Going On.

"That was certainly a critical time in my young life, our city and the 
country as a whole," Lem Barney recalls. "The time was right for What's 
Going On. The music speaks for itself - the environment, the war in 
Vietnam, poverty, police brutality, Marvin covered it all"

"I was thrilled that the festival organizers asked me to participate in 
this tribute. It will truly be a joy. My friendship with Marvin Gaye was 
a brotherhood, and I will do anything to further this brother's 
phenomenal legacy. It is particularly gratifying that this will take 
place in our hometown, where Marvin's masterpiece was written and recorded."

Bassist Christian McBride, who feels that Motown is in his DNA is 
excited about performing this music in Detroit, the birthplace of 
Motown.  "I love that Lem Barney will be with us for this tribute.  He's 
a really significant living tie to Marvin, and a quintessential 
renaissance man - a great athlete, devoted to jazz as well as rhythm & 
blues, a spiritual guy.  There aren't many men like him anymore." Lem 
Barney, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection who was inducted into the Pro 
Football Hall of Fame in 1992, is an Associate Pastor at Hope United 
Church. He is also Director of Physician Relations and Recruitment for 
The Detroit Medical Center, and is involved with several charities 
including The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The complete lineup has been finalized for the 29th annual Detroit 
International Jazz Festival.

Here are some of the main stage highlights:
Date     Time                  Performance                             Stage

8/29    7:00 - 8:15 PM     Dianne Reeves                   Chase Main Stage

8/29    8:45 - 10:30 PM   Philly/Detroit Tribute to Marvin Gaye        
Chase Main Stage

8/30    3:45 - 4:45 PM     Philly-Detroit Summit w/ Christian       
                                       McBride, Karriem Riggins, Randy 
                                       Geri Allen, Bootsie Barnes
Absopure Waterfront Stage

8/30    4:45 - 6:00 PM     Swiss Movement Revisited: Javon Jackson    
                                       Band with Les McCann
           Carhartt Amphitheatre

8/30    5:15 - 6:45 PM    Dee Dee Sharp               Chase Main Stage

8/30    9:00 - 10:30 PM  Lalah Hathaway              Chase Main Stage

8/30    9:15 - 10:45 PM  The Latin Jazz All-Stars: A Tribute to        
                                      Hilton Ruiz & Mario Rivera    
Carhartt Amphitheatre

8/31    1:30 - 2:45 PM    Leebop: A Tribute to Lee Morgan       
Absopure Waterfront Stage

8/31    2:00 - 3:00 PM    Jimmy Heath & the Wayne State        
                                      University Big Band
            Carhartt Amphitheatre

8/31    4:30 - 6:00 PM   Ravi Coltrane's Tribute to Alice Coltrane    
                                     feat. Jack DeJohnnette, Charlie Haden
                                     Geri Allen and Brandee Younger
           Carhartt Amphitheatre

8/31  9:15 - 11:15 PM  "Battle of the Big Bands" - Count Basie       
                                    Orchestra vs. Gerald Wilson Orchestra
            Carhartt Amphitheatre

9/1    4:15 - 5:15 PM    Temple University Jazz Band with        
                                    Benny Golson
Carhartt Amphitheatre

9/1    5:15 - 6:30 PM    Barry Harris Trio              Absopure 
Waterfront Stage

9/1    6:00 - 7:30 PM    The Derek Trucks Band        Chase Main Stage

9/1    6:30 - 7:45 PM    James Carter Septet        Carharrt Amphitheatre

9/1    7:30 - 8:45 PM    The Heath Brothers Quartet with Jimmy Heath,    
                                        Tootie Heath, Jeb Patton & David 
                           Absopure Waterfront Stage

9/1    8:45 - 10:15 PM    The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Band directed    
                                      by Slide Hampton          Carharrt 

"Detroit International Jazz Festival was voted one of the top five 
festivals in the U.S. in the January 2008 JazzTimes Reader's Poll," says 
Pontremoli. "The musicians will be having wonderful reunions, and the 
great Detroit audience, which always amazes me, will play a huge role in 
the brotherly love vibe."

Detroit International Jazz Festival is now the largest, free jazz 
festival in North America, attracting upwards of 750,000 people. It has 
become a major tourist attraction, with 25% of its audience coming from 
out of state.  The festival has a significant economic impact on Detroit 
and showcases the city in the most positive light.  The festival has 
received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Jazz 
Masters, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), and the 
Kresge Foundation.  Major corporate sponsors include Chase, Mack Avenue 
Records, Carhartt and Absopure. The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance 
Center is the official hotel of the 29th Annual Detroit International 
Jazz Festival.

For more information and the complete 2008 Detroit International Jazz 
Festival schedule, visit www.detroitjazzfest.com 

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Don Lucoff/DL MEDIA, 610-667-0501 don at jazzpublicity.com 
<mailto:don at jazzpublicity.com>

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