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Detroit Jazz Festival Artist Selection Process Q&A

The Detroit Jazz Festival news team sits down with Chris Collins, President & Artistic Director, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation for some questions on the artist selection process. Click Here for 2024 Open Artist Submission Form Q: Take us through the process as you screen audition applications for the festival. How do you handle the incoming...

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2023 Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe’s FREE Livestream Attracted 1.5M Global Audience

Detroit – The 2023 Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, the world’s largest free jazz festival, continued to attract a livestream global audience of approximately 1.5M listeners/viewers from 23 countries (see graph) during the past Labor Day weekend according to Chris Collins, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation president and artistic director.  The data...

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Gretchen Valade

Statement on the passing of Gretchen C. Valade from the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation

With a very heavy heart, we are saddened to announce the passing of Our Angel of Jazz, Gretchen C. Valade.  We join the world in mourning her death, and celebrate her lifelong contributions to the Detroit community, specifically her unwavering commitment to the propagation of Detroit’s jazz legacy and the preservation of the Detroit Jazz...

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Juneteenth Freedom Day


The Detroit Jazz Festival is proud to support and celebrate Juneteenth. More on the historical legacy and significance of Juneteenth can be found here:  https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/stories/historical-legacy-juneteenth

Black Lives Matter

Support for Black Lives Matter

Statement from Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation The recent killing of George Floyd, among countless other Black Americans, has reignited the issues of race and inequality in our world.  Their senseless deaths have reopened the world’s eyes to our ongoing struggles with society’s inequalities and injustices. The Detroit Jazz Festival family stands with those who are...

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Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Quicken Loans 2017 Lineup

2017 DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL presented by Quicken Loans SCHEDULE     JPMorgan Chase Main Stage (Campus Martius)           Carhartt Amphitheater Stage (Hart Plaza)         Absopure FRIDAY, SEPT. 1 6:30 p.m.         Dr. Valade’s Brass Band, featuring New Orleans jazz legend, Shannon Powell 7:00–8:15 p.m.  2017 Artist-in-Residence Wayne Shorter Quartet...

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For over 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.

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