[JPL] 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Star-Studded Lineup

Leslie Keros lkeros885 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 18:26:45 EDT 2012

I suspect y'all have seen this, but am forwarding just in case. It's the
most thorough of the lineup listings that I've seen for Detroit.

Leslie Keros

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*2012 Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Star-Studded Lineup*

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*World's top jazz artists among the headliners for this year's festival
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The 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival, the world's largest free jazz
festival, will feature the most celebrated names in jazz including: Sonny
Rollins; Wynton Marsalis Quintet; Pat Metheny Unity Band featuring Chris
Potter, Antonio Sanchez, and Ben Williams; Chick Corea and Gary Burton with
the Harlem String Quartet; and the Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo
Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade.


"This year, we wanted to focus on going back to traditional jazz roots.
Bringing together these world-class jazz artists gives festival-goers the
opportunity to experience jazz at its finest - a collaboration between
artists with history, experience and a style all their own," said Chris
Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. "Many of the
artists joining us at the festival have worked together before and we're
reuniting them, as well as introducing unique first-time collaborations, to
celebrate the culture of jazz and really show how jazz has made an impact
in our region and across the nation."

Rollins and Marsalis return to the festival for the first time since 1987,
and Metheny will make his festival debut with his new ensemble.
Additionally, New Orleans-native and trumpeter Terence Blanchard will serve
as the 2012 Artist-in-Residence, performing with his quartet as well as
curating a special Art Blakey Tribute, featuring Peter Washington, Lewis
Nash, Geoffrey Keezer and Curtis Fuller, among other appearances.

Other headliners include: Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints
featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron; Lew Tabackin Quartet
featuring Randy Brecker; Jerry Bergonzi Quintet; Donny McCaslin Group
featuring Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre and Mark Guiliana; David Binney
Quartet; Brian Lynch and Unsung Heroes; Cécile McLorin Salvant; and
Grégoire Maret Quartet, among others.

The festival will continue its longstanding tradition of presenting and
recognizing Detroit's rich jazz legacy. Of note, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave
will return home with a special all-star Homecoming Band, spotlighting
fellow Michigan natives, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Garrett, Geri Allen, Marion
Hayden and Louis Hayes. Garrett, Hayes, and tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza
will also perform with their respective quartets. The Wayne State
University Big Band will perform new works by distinguished pianist Michael
Abene and feature guests Joe Lovano and vocalist Judi Silvano. Other
homecoming performances include saxophonist Charles McPherson in a co-lead
quintet with trumpeter Tom Harrell, multi-reedman Charlie Gabriel, who will
celebrate his 80th birthday with special guests, and drummer Gerald Cleaver
performing with his working band, Uncle June.

A wide array of special concept projects will also be showcased in the
upcoming festival. Conductor David Berger will lead "The Sacred Music of
Duke Ellington," a program focusing on music from Ellington's three
landmark Sacred Concerts written during the last decade of his life. The
program will feature a 100-voice Detroit choir and a big band, as well as
vocal soloists. The Mack Avenue Records Super-Band will make its worldwide
debut, featuring select artists from their roster: Kevin Eubanks, Sean
Jones, Tia Fuller, and Alfredo Rodríguez, among others. Saxophonist Steve
Wilson will be featured in a special "Bird with Strings Revisited" project,
paying homage to the saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker's landmark
album, Charlie
Parker with Strings (Verve, 1955).

Festival-goers will be treated to an assortment of trios, ranging from
organ-centric groups such as Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart;
Bernard Purdie, Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr. (formerly known as The God
Fathers of Groove); plus one with special guest Donald Harrison Jr., and
Ellery Eskelin's trio (each lending its own unique organ trio sound,
spanning post bop, jazz blues/soul, and free jazz respectively); to the
pure acoustic sounds of piano virtuoso Fred Hersch's trio and Detroit-based
Gary Schunk's Electric Fusion Trio. The groups collectively demonstrate the
wide musical possibilities for the sacred configuration.

In addition to Terence Blanchard's presence, New Orleans' influence will be
felt with the special program, "A Night in Treme (The Musical Majesty of
New Orleans)" - based on the acclaimed HBO dramatic series, Treme. The show
will feature the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Charlie Gabriel,
Christian Scott, Donald Harrison, Jr., and James "12" Andrews. Harrison
will also appear with his quintet during the festival.

As is tradition, the festival will highlight some of the most engaging
artists in Latin jazz, including: Quincy Jones protégé and Cuban piano
sensation Alfredo Rodríguez, celebrated percussionist Poncho Sanchez's
Chano y Dizzy (with Terence Blanchard), pianist/composer/educator Arturo
O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban influenced Septet with special guest Donald Harrison
Jr., storied trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez y Los Comandos de la Clave, and
trombonist Papo Vazquez' Pirates Troubadours.

"My focus has always been on continually improving the festival," said
Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of
directors. "Chris Collins has done a fantastic job securing this all-star
lineup for the 2012 festival. All of these incredible performers coming
together at the Detroit Jazz Festival means a lot, not only to our city,
but to all jazz enthusiasts. It is a chance to see so many favorites in one
arena. I could not be more thrilled with how this year's festival continues
to develop and, as always, it's free to the public."

The Detroit Jazz Festival is largest free jazz festival in North America.
Attendees, in addition to artists, come from all over the world, with 23
percent of the festival audience coming from outside of Michigan. The
festival has an economic impact of tens of millions of dollars,
contributing greatly to the city of Detroit. The festival also was recently
voted the number two jazz festival in North America in a reader's poll by
JazzTimes, the world's leading jazz publication.

Major corporate sponsors include JP Morgan Chase, Carhartt, DTE Energy
Foundation and Mack Avenue Records. 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.

The Detroit Jazz Festival, now in its 33rd year, takes place over Labor Day
weekend in Hart Plaza, downtown Detroit. This year's official poster, a
sought after collector's piece, was created by artist Douglas Tocco, who
has been designing since 1991 and has also created posters for the Detroit
International Auto Show and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

About the Detroit Jazz Festival

The Detroit Jazz Festival is an independent, non-profit organization that
presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. Recently voted
number two in North America in a JazzTimes reader's poll, the Detroit Jazz
Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the world and a major tourist
attraction for the City of Detroit, with 23 percent of its audience coming
from out of state.

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. and Mack Avenue Records. Additional partners include Absopure
Water Company, Amtech International, Budweiser, Charity Motors, Cliff
Bells, Comcast, Compuware, Detroit Marriott, Dickinson Wright, Dirty Dog
Jazz Cafe, Fathead, Meridian, MGM Grand Detroit, Motor City Casino, Pepsi,
Plante Moran, PNC Foundation, Quicken Loans, St. John Providence Health
System, DownBeat, JazzTimes, MetroTimes and Fox 2. The festival's Greening
Program, now entering Phase IV, is supported by a generous grant from the
DTE Energy Foundation. For more information visit
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