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Detroit Jazz Festival 2021


One-World Jazz Orchestra


The One-World Jazz Orchestra, co-led by Danilo Pérez (Founder and Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute), Marco Pignataro (Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute), and Chris Collins (Valade Chair in Jazz at Wayne State University and President/Artistic Director of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation), brings together aspiring artists from Berklee’s Global Institute...

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Jazz Goes to College

2024 Jazz Goes to College Scholarship presented by IATSE Local 38

DESCRIPTION: The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 38 have teamed up to celebrate the opportunity inherent in Michigan’s Theatre- and Music-tech college programs. Music- and Theater-tech programs encompass a curriculum of study, specific to non-performance majors. These skill sets in stagecraft, from carpenters to electricians, from board operators...

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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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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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