[JPL] Fwd: Detroit Jazz Fest Recognizes National 'Jazz Day'
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Fri Apr 9 08:42:21 EDT 2010
Detroit International Jazz Festival
Detroit Jazz Fest Recognizes National 'Jazz Day'
April 9, 2010, marks the inauguration of Jazz Day, established last year
by the U.S. Conference of Mayors as a specific day during Jazz
Appreciation Month to honor and celebrate the rich heritage of this
uniquely American art form. (To view the official resolution, click here
As Detroit is a city with a deep and storied jazz legacy, Detroit Jazz
Fest is excited to be a part of this national statement. "Perhaps, it
isn't a coincidence that the Tigers' home opener is the same day,"
stated Executive and Artistic Director Terri Pontremoli. "We certainly
know that between jazz and baseball, we're swingin' in Detroit."
Jazz Day is also a perfect platform to remind YOU, our devoted fans, to
support jazz in Detroit by making a donation to the Detroit Jazz Fest.
For the next few months, philanthropist Gretchen C. Valade will match a
contribution of any size by 50%. Your gift of $100 becomes $150 for DJF.
A gift of $1000 becomes $1500.
Donations to DJF can be made online any time of the year, but April 9 is
a call to action. So, ACT NOW by going to www.detroitjazzfest.com
and clicking on "Support." You have the option of joining the Rhythm
Section (*Membership*) or becoming a *Guardian of Jazz*. Your
contribution in either area is critical to the future success of Detroit
What makes Detroit special in the jazz world?
* Detroit is home to America's largest free jazz festival (Labor Day
Weekend, Sept. 3-6), which draws 750,000 fans and produces a $90
million impact on the local economy
* The city has one of the deepest jazz legacies in the country,
claiming Hank, Elvin and Thad Jones, Ron Carter, Barry Harris,
Tommy Flanagan, Milt Jackson, Yusef Lateef, Geri Allen, Regina
Carter, James Carter, Pepper Adams, Marcus Belgrave and Gerald
Wilson, to name just a few
* Jazz musicians in Detroit birthed the music of Motown
* On any given day, one can hear jazz in Detroit at the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Bert's, Baker's
Keyboard Lounge, Cliff Bells, Music Hall Jazz Café, and the Dirty
Dog Jazz Café
* Jazz is played on the radio (WEMU, WDET, WRCJ) and taught at Wayne
State University, Oakland University, the DSO, Arts League of
Michigan and the Detroit School of Arts
Detroit Jazz Fest will celebrate Jazz Month with the kickoff of its
"Let's Have Lunch" series at the Guardian Building on April 21,
featuring jazz stalwarts Wendell Harrison and Perry Hughes; the Detroit
Jazz Fest Annual Press Conference on April 28; and a performance by 2010
Artist in Residence Mulgrew Miller at the Virgil H. Carr Center, also on
April 28. Miller will be joined by the University of Michigan Jazz
Ensemble and students from the Detroit School of Arts.
*Jazz Day Events in Detroit*
* Baker's Keyboard Lounge: Ed Stone & The Flowmasters, 9:00PM
* Bert's: John Douglass Quartet, 9:00PM
* Cliff Bells: Johnnie Basset and the Blues Insurgents, 4:30PM
* Detroit Institute of Arts: Northwoods Improvisers, 7:00 & 8:30PM
* Dirty Dog Jazz Café: Joey DeFrancesco
* Music Hall Jazz Café: Tim Reeves, 8:00PM
* Oakland Community College (Ann Arbor): Alvin Waddles' Fats Waller
* Oakland Community College (Ann Arbor): Ginka Ortega, 8:00PM
/The Detroit International Jazz Festival brings an estimated 850,000
guests to downtown Detroit on Labor Day Weekend to enjoy world-class
musicians on five stages, creative shopping from artists and vendors,
culinary treats and family friendly activities. Approximately 23% of
guests come from outside of Michigan, bringing much-needed tourism
dollars to the state. Throughout the year, the festival provides
educational outreach to public schools and partners with other
non-profit organizations such as the Charles H. Wright Museum of African
American History, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts,
and Detroit Public Library to present jazz artists and outreach
programs. For more information, visit www.detroitjazzfest.com
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