Detroit Jazz Festival announces lineup for Labor Day weekend event

On International Jazz Day, at a preview event that included a concert by festival artist-in-residence Chucho Valdés, the Detroit Jazz Festival announced what it called a partial lineup for the four-day event held in downtown Detroit over Labor Day weekend. As partial as it is, it includes more than two dozen notable artists, including headliners such as Valdés, Dianne Reeves, Artemis, Cécile McLorin Salvant, John Scofield and many other household names in the jazz world. (The full announced lineup and performance dates are listed below.)

The festival, which claims to be the world’s largest free jazz festival, is sponsored by Rocket Mortgage and will take place in person for the first time since 2019. In 2020 and 2023, the festival aired performances from the local Renaissance Hotel in it looked a lot like a jazz telethon. (Read Lee Mergner’s report on the 2019 edition here.) This year, the festival will stream live performances from all four stages throughout the four days with “Detroit Jazz Fest LIVE” for free on the festival’s website to live.

“It is extremely fitting that we are announcing the 2022 Festival lineup on what is considered a global day of unity in the jazz community,” said Chris Collins, president and artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation in a statement. press release received at JazzTimes. “As we look forward to returning to an in-person format, this year’s programming reflects our renewed mission to showcase legacy artists, propagate and nurture the next generation of jazz artists and audiences, and showcase the diversity of jazz in a festival. ”

The lineup announced for the Detroit Jazz Festival 2022:

Friday, September 2

Chucho Valdés “The Creation” with the Yoruban Orchestra, Hilario Duràn & John Beasley, musical directors
soul rebels

Saturday September 3

The New Orleans Groove Masters with Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis & Shannon Powell
Roosevelt Necklace
Julien Lage
Harriet Tubman with Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs and JT Lewis
Donny McCaslin
Ranky Tanky with special guest Ms. Lisa Fischer
Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
Threesome Vijay Iyer
Abdallah Ibrahim and Ekaya
Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band with special guest Marquis Hill

Sunday September 4

Bill Frisell Trio with Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston
José James presents “Yesterday I had the blues: the music of Billie Holiday”
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Antonio Sánchez & Bad Hombre with Thana Alexa, BIGYUKI & Lex Sadler
Nubya Garcia
Tottori Jazz Generation Band
Charles McPherson Quintet with Brian Lynch
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Roberto Fonseca YESUN
The flagship project
Duets – Dianne Reeves, Chucho Valdés & Joe Lovano

Monday, September 5

Theo Croker – LOVE QUANTUM with Gary Bartz
Ethan Iverson Trio (with Larry Grenadier and Nasheet Waits)
Diane Reeves
Artemis with Renee Rosnes, Ingrid Jensen, Nicole Glover, Alexa Tarantino, Noriko Ueda and Allison Miller
Three Emmet Cohen
“Yankee Go Home” by John Scofield with Vicente Archer, Jon Cowherd and Josh Dion
JD Allen Trio
Chucho Valdes Quartet

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