The 2020 Detroit Jazz Festival
Lineup Announcement!



Thanks to support from a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation has developed the Detroit Jazz Fest LIVE! app for mobile devices, tablets and desktops. Access event information, and for a $20 fee, livestream performances from all four stages, all four days during the 2020 Festival, in addition to select year-round programs. Visit to register.


Click the button below to see the full list of all our upcoming events.


The Detroit Jazz Festival is a world-class event with a world-class audience. A partnership with the Festival ensures that your product will be in front of hundreds of thousands of savvy consumers.

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Help us keep it free! Support the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation when shopping at Kroger, at no additional cost to you! Simply go to: and enter organization code JL650.

Support the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation when shopping with Amazon at no additional cost to you! Simply follow the instructions at:
and select Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation as your charitable organization.

The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation graciously thanks you for your support. You are protecting the world largest free jazz festival, year-round community outreach and other pre-Festival activities. And you are preserving Detroit’s great jazz legacy for future generations.

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The Detroit Jazz Festival Rhythm Section program comprises individual supporters who make financial contributions in support of the Festival and its year-round education and outreach programs. These contributions are renewable, unrestricted and for current use. Donations are tax-deductible by IRS standards.

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Jazz Pazz

The Jazz Pazz is valid Saturday, Sunday, or Monday and perfect for those who want a personalized Festival experience to include:

  • Access to reserved seating sections at the stages
  • Detroit Jazz Festival Performance Schedule
  • Digital download of the Detroit Jazz Festival Program Book (one per person), available August 1st ( pre-fest!)
  • Recognition of your donation on the Detroit Jazz Festival website
  • Subscription to the monthly digital Jazz Festival Publication, The Guardian

Reserve Your Jazz Pazz

The VIP Experience

The VIP Experience is valid Saturday, Sunday, or Monday and perfect for those who want a hospitality option.
Includes all Jazz Pazz features listed above, plus :

  • Weekend access to VIP Hospitality areas
  • Complimentary Daily Parking at specified location
  • Access to Special Events during the Festival (subject to availability)
  • Early Bird VIPs get the most extras including notification of all pre-fest events (approx. 20).

Get The VIP Experience
The best choice!

Opening Night & Jam Sessions

Friday Night only- Dinner and Performances. See and be seen at the Opening Night Party that’s catered and comes with an open bar.

  • Follow the music to Main Stage, where your VIP seating awaits for 3 hours of performances, including the 2020 Artist in Residence.

What about those late night Jam Sessions @ the Marriott?

  • Join the artists up-close and personal in the VIP section. Includes 2 drink tickets per person.

Don’t miss out!


O.N.P. or Jam Sessions


Every Labor Day weekend, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation creates unique musical explorations from jazz legends, those in their prime and up-and-coming artists who are keeping the legacy alive. Musicians and fans from around the world come to the heart of our uniquely American city, to experience this uniquely American art form. But we couldn’t keep it free for all without the passion and commitment of volunteers.

As we continue to look for ways to enhance the overall experience for our artists and guests, we are restructuring the volunteer program to include groups and organizations only.  If you are part of a group or organization interested in volunteering for the Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Quicken Loans, please email [email protected].


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For nearly 40 years, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation has celebrated Detroit’s rich history of jazz music by providing year-round concerts and educational programming, and of course, organizing the world’s largest free jazz festival, featuring world-class talent, over Labor Day weekend.

With the support of corporate sponsors, philanthropic organizations, individual donors and volunteers, the Detroit Jazz Festival is free to music fans looking to revel in the artistry and improvisation of jazz legends, rising stars, legacy and homecoming artists. Each year’s lineup of more than 60 performances as remarkable and diverse as the genre itself, as well as spontaneous late-night jam sessions, offers something for everyone.

Our year-round educational programming creates one-of-a-kind opportunities for regional students and aspiring musicians to help them achieve artistic excellence, while our concerts celebrate the works of students and mentors, in addition to local and national artists.


The Detroit International Jazz Festival was founded in 1980 by Robert McCabe and the Detroit Renaissance. Along with the Detroit Grand Prix and the International Freedom Festival, the Festival was intended to bring people into the city and to provide all segments of the population with world-class entertainment.

From 1980 to 1991, the Festival flourished through a partnership with the highly regarded international jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland. In 1991, the Festival merged with Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, where it resided until September 2005.

In March 2005, Detroit philanthropist and Mack Avenue Records Chairman Gretchen Valade emerged as a major sponsor of the Festival. With additional support from the Knight Foundation, the Festival expanded in all aspects. Its new footprint, covering three blocks, provided two additional stages and more space for food vendors and other activities.

Looking to attract new audiences to jazz and the Festival, in 2011, jazz musician Chris Collins was appointed as artistic director and has since taken on the role of president of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. With Collins’ vision and the support of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board of Directors – led by Chair Gretchen Valade – the Foundation has continued to integrate new and exciting artistic elements and opportunities into the signature event, in addition to year-round programming.

The Detroit Jazz Festival is now managed and produced by the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2006. Through the generosity of Detroit philanthropist and Mack Avenue Records Chairman Gretchen Valade, the Foundation also established a significant endowment to support Festival operations. The staff and advisory committee continuously work to raise the balance of operating costs through corporate partnerships, contributions and earned-income opportunities.


Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Wayne Shorter as 2017 Artist-in-Residence

Detroit Jazz Festival Presented by Quicken Loans Calls the City its Stage for the 37th Year

Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation and DTE Energy Foundation Partner to Take Care of Environment over Labor Day Weekend

Quicken Loans Signs on as 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival Presenting Sponsor

National Jazz Artists Help J.C. Heard [email protected] Program Celebrate 10 Years

Detroit Jazz Festival Will be Streaming Live Across North America This Labor Day Weekend

Detroit Jazz Festival Announces World-Class Lineup for 37th Annual Labor Day Weekend Event

Legendary Bassist Ron Carter Comes Home as Detroit Jazz Festival’s 2016 Artist-in-Residence



Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is the official hotel of the Festival and is located in the center of the action, adjacent to Hart Plaza.

Make Reservations

The “Motor City” continues to be a hot spot for jazz and popular music, with a vibrant club scene, some of the most exciting young artists in the business and, of course, the Detroit Jazz Festival.

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Transportation Services

Metro Cars – Transportation Partner
Book Now – 1 (800) 456-1701

Trinity Transportation
Book Now – (734) 284-9229

FAST powered by SMART Bus
Book Now – (866) 962-5515



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