Detroit Jazz Festival's Names Top Acts


DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival “Imported from Detroit” today announced the headlining acts and 2013 Artist in Residence for the 34th annual Labor Day Weekend performances. Once again the Festival will deliver an eclectic lineup filled with jazz greats, performing on four stages throughout Labor Day weekend.

“We strive to make the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Labor Day weekend concerts more exceptional every year, and continue to show people from around the world what our great city has to offer,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors. “Everything we do at the Detroit Jazz Festival is meant to enrich the lives of music lovers everywhere. We want to make it possible for them to see their favorite jazz artists all in one place, and most importantly, offering these performances for free. It’s not just about amazing music; it’s about making it available for anyone that wants to listen.”

The 2013 headlining acts will include:​

  • 2013 Artist in Residence, Danilo Pérez
  • David Murray Big Band with Macy Gray
  • Ahmad Jamal
  • Joshua Redman Quartet
  • John Scofield Überjam
  • Shelia Jordan with strings featuring the Alan Broadbent Trio
  • McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Savion Glover
  • Yellowjackets
  • The Saxophone Summit featuring Ravi Coltrane, David Liebman and Joe Lovano
  • Gregory Porter
  • Robert Glasper Experiment
  • Charles Lloyd Quartet featuring Bill Frisell
  • Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway
  • With a special tribute to David Brubeck, featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and rarely heard orchestral compositions by Dave Brubeck

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“This year’s lineup was again carefully selected. We want to represent real jazz in all its forms. This year, we’re focusing on all dimensions and the different generations of jazz music. The creative artists we’re bringing together are pushing boundaries to create new, unique approaches that explore the true nature of jazz music,” said Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. “Making an impact in the jazz world, but also creating meaningful experiences for the audience, is what the Detroit Jazz Festival is all about.”

The 34th annual Festival weekend will take place once again over Labor Day weekend in Hart Plaza and Campus Martius, downtown Detroit. The Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the world, with attendees from all over the world, and more than 25 percent of attendees coming from outside of Michigan. In addition to providing incredible opportunities to see jazz legends, the Festival makes a significant economic impact on the city of Detroit through Festival weekend activities and year-round initiatives. Attendees can see the world-renowned artists on four stages – JP Morgan Chase Main Stage, Carhartt Amphitheatre Stage, Mack Avenue Records Waterfront Stage and Absopure Pyramid Stage – Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, 2013.

This year’s major corporate sponsors, who continue to help keep the Festival free, include the Chrysler brand, JP Morgan Chase, Opportunity Detroit, Carhartt, DTE Energy Foundation and Mack Avenue Records. Individuals support also is available through Rhythm Section memberships.