2012 Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Lineup


DETROIT -- The lineup for the 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival has been announced. The artists at this year's festival have been nominated for more than 200 and won more than 100 Grammy Awards, composed film scores and traveled the world to perform.

"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."

The 2012 headliners include:

  • Sonny Rollins
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Chick Corea and Gary Burton, with strings
  • Wayne Shorter
  • Pat Metheny
  • And, 2012 Artist in Residence, Terence Blanchard

To see the full lineup, visit http://detroitjazzfest.com.

"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 the world. 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 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.

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