[JPL] 32nd Detroit Jazz Festival "Brings the World" to Detroit

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Tue Apr 12 21:53:08 EDT 2011

 From Don Lucoff, DL Media:

32nd Detroit Jazz Festival "Brings the World" to Detroit

Artists from Japan, The Netherlands, Israel, South Africa, England and 
will "beat the drum" at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival

DETROIT, April 12, 2011  - Today, festival organizers announced the 
lineup for the 32nd annual Detroit Jazz Festival, Friday, Sept. 2 
through Monday, Sept. 5, in downtown Detroit.

Subtitled "We Bring You the World," the Detroit Jazz Festival will 
celebrate jazz's influence on the world and the world's influence on jazz.

"Jazz is America's most significant artistic export to the world, and 
it's fun and interesting to hear the spin that other cultures take on 
it," said Terri Pontremoli, executive and artistic director, Detroit 
Jazz Festival. "While it can be argued that the festival literally 
brings the world to Detroit year after year, there is a definite 
international flair in 2011."  Slated are: Amina Figarova from the 
Netherlands, Luciana Souza, Ivan Lins and Vinicius Cantuária from 
Brazil, Toots Thielemans from Belgium, Angelique Kidjo from South 
Africa, Anat Cohen from Israel, Paquito D'Rivera from Cuba, Vertical 
Engine from Japan and first-generation Indian Americans Vijay Iyer and 
Sachal Vasandani.  The premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air 
Force, the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note, will make their first Detroit 
Jazz Festival appearance since 1997, the Sun Ra Arkestra will take us 
off the planet momentarily, and some of the best in jazz - Dave Holland 
Octet, Joe Lovano Us 5, the New Gary Burton Quartet with Julian Lage, 
Scott Colley & Antonio Sanchez, Steve Wilson and Wilsonian's Grain, 
Helen Sung - "Sung with Words" with Carolyn Leonhardt, Tony Monaco Trio, 
Warren Wolf & WOLFPAC, Sean Jones Quintet, Kevin Eubanks, Anthony Wilson 
Trio, and Jason Moran & the Bandwagon - will thrill the perennially-hip 
Detroit jazz audience.

Opening night, Sept. 2, will be a true extravaganza, with "Sing the 
Truth" featuring Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright honoring 
the legacies of Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta.  This amazing 
group of vocalists will be joined by Detroit pianist Geri Allen, drummer 
Terri Lyne Carrington, bassist James Genus and Brazilian guitarist 
Romero Lubambo.  "Sing the Truth" - a special production that honors 
great women in jazz, folk, r&b, gospel and the blues, is making just 
three appearances in North America, and only one of those performances, 
the one in Detroit, is free.

As has been the tradition over the past several years, Detroit's storied 
jazz legacy will remain front and center, with violinist Regina Carter's 
West African project featuring Malian kora player, Yacouba Sissoko. 
Trombonist Curtis Fuller will come home with a young and exciting band, 
and tributes to Detroit's Goldkette Orchestra (by Josh Dufee & his 
Orchestra) and J.C. Heard (by a group of Heard alumni led by Walt 
Symanski) will celebrate Detroit big bands from the 20's to the 60's. 
The Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra will perform the big band music of 
renowned bassist/composer Christian McBride with special guests. While a 
few 90-year old legends such as Dave Brubeck and Toots Thielemans will 
perform their timeless material, new voices such as Champion Fulton and 
11-year old blues guitarist Ray Goren, (aka Guitar Ray) will make 
Detroit Jazz Festival debuts.

As the drum is the original instrument in most cultures, drummer Jeff 
"Tain" Watts was appointed 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival artist in 
residence. The dynamic drummer will heat things up on opening night with 
a star-studded "Drum Club" featuring Joe Locke, Susie Ibarra, Horacio 
"El Negro" Hernandez and Pedro Martinez.  Throughout the weekend, "Tain" 
will be seen on several stages - with his own band, with Michigan State 
University's Jazz Orchestra, and in the Jazz Talk Tent presented by St. 
John Providence Health System, telling stories and being in the hot seat 
for DownBeat's Blindfold Test.

But its not ALL jazz! Come Monday Gospel programming on Labor Day will 
feature The Steeles, Lowell Pye, and Detroit's own award-winning gospel 
choirs S.O.G. and the Second Ebenezer Majestic Voices. The "Ambassador 
of the Blues," Deacon Jones, will bring his Blues Revue to Detroit for a 
festival first. A performance by vocalist Chuck Jackson is a nod to 
Motown and its fans, and festival-goers will be out of their seats 
dancing to the Caribbean and urban American blend of one of the world's 
pioneering funk groups, Mandrill.  Rahsaan Patterson will bring out the 
R&B crowd, and Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion will rock it out.  Latin 
night, Sunday, Sept. 4, will feature Sammy Figueroa's Latin Jazz 
Explosion and Brazil's Ivan Lins - music that is sure to bring the crowd 
to its feet. And via New Orleans, the festival will enjoy a second-line 
and performance by the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Nightly after-hour jam 
sessions will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 
the official festival hotel. Last but not least, there will be fireworks 
on Saturday night.

The Detroit Jazz Festival stays true to its mission of encouraging young 
talent not only by inviting college and high school ensembles to 
showcase on the Education Stage, but by giving them opportunities to 
perform with jazz veterans.  This year, the Wayne State University Big 
Band will perform with Joe Lovano, the Michigan State University Jazz 
Orchestra with Jeff "Tain" Watts, Northern Illinois Jazz Orchestra with 
Paquito D'Rivera, Eastern Michigan University Jazz Ensemble with Gary 
Smulyan, and Oakland University Jazz Ensemble with OU alum Regina 
Carter. Outstanding Michigan high school jazz ensembles will be 
showcased, and an expanded KidBop Stage for wee-boppers will include 
tap, percussion, stories and other fun activities.

The Jazz Talk Tent presented by St. John Providence Health System will 
be full of laughs and stories, with national artists and writers. There 
will be instrumental workshops, the DownBeat Blindfold Test, 
meet-the-artist sessions, Rhythm, Roots and Rhyme poetry slam finals, 
and explorations on world music and Detroit jazz history.

DJF's Jazz Planet - a web-based television show featuring interviews 
with artists and by artists, performances and backstage scoop - will be 
streamed live from the festival to the world throughout the weekend.  
The "Planet," which was funded by a generous grant from the John S. and 
James L. Knight Foundation in 2010, will be located on Hart Plaza, where 
fans can join the fun as a live studio audience.

Through Detroit Jazz Festival 365, the festival collaborates throughout 
the year with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 
the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Wayne State University, Detroit 
Institute of Arts, Michigan State University, The Arts League of 
Michigan, Cliff Bell's and area jazz clubs, pleasing Detroit music 
lovers, showcasing Detroit musicians, and building momentum toward Labor 
Day weekend. The PNC Foundation has become the official corporate 
partner of the year-round education and community outreach activities. 
Information on upcoming events can be found at www.detroitjazzfest.com.

The Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in North 
America. It has become a major tourist attraction, with 23 percent of 
its audience coming from out of state. It has a significant economic 
impact on Detroit and showcases the city in its most positive light. The 
festival receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 
Erb Family Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation 
and the Kresge Foundation. Major corporate partners include Carhartt, 
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Fiat, and Mack Avenue Records. Additional partners 
include Absopure Water Company, Ambassador Magazine, AmTech 
International, Budweiser, Charter One, CJAM 99.1, Comcast Corp., 
Compuware Corp., Dickinson Wright PLLC, Dirty Dog Jazz Café, Downbeat 
Magazine, Fathead®, Fox 2, Great Lakes Fireworks, Hour Detroit Magazine, 
JazzTimes Magazine, Jazziz Magazine, Metro Times, MGM Grand Detroit, 
Plante & Moran, Quicken Loans Inc., Telemus Capital Partners, WDET 
101.9, WEMU 89.1, WRCJ 90.9 and Yelp. The festival is entering Phase III 
of its Greening Program made possible by a generous grant from the DTE 
Energy Foundation. In addition, there is a growing base of individual 
support.  Fans are encouraged to become Rhythm Section members by making 
donations of any size online in support of the festival's "KEEP IT FREE" 
campaign. "We are extremely grateful to have the support of these 
institutions and individuals," adds Pontremoli. "They are our life blood."

Because the Detroit Jazz Festival continues to evolve and grow, it also 
is adopting a new look this year - from merchandise to signage and the 
website - everything will have a fresh look and a new logo. Responsible 
for developing the new brand is Skidmore studios, a Royal Oak, Mich. 
based creative services studio.

The 3rd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival Cruise aboard the Ovation Yacht is 
scheduled for June 15, 2011.  In keeping with the festival's world 
theme, it will feature Latin jazz with Descarga-Ranga.

Additional information, including festival updates and details on ways 
to support can be found at www.detroitjazzfest.com.

About Detroit Jazz Festival

The Detroit Jazz Festival is an independent, non-profit organization 
that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year.  
Recently voted one of the top three jazz festivals in North America in a 
Jazz Times Critics' Poll, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free 
jazz festival in North America and a major tourist attraction for the 
City of Detroit, with 23 percent of its audience coming from out of 
state. It is supported through foundation grants, individual donations, 
and customized sponsorships for businesses that benefit from exposure to 
the Detroit Jazz Festival's large, diverse and educated audience. For 
more information visit

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