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Detroit Jazz Festival 2021

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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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Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage Announces 2022 Lineup

DETROIT – The Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage, the world’s largest (and best) free jazz festival in the world, tonight announced its lineup for Labor Day weekend during a livestream preview event that included a live performance from the 2022 Artist-in-Residence Chucho Valdés. The Festival is expected to be back live, in-person in...

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2022 Artist-in-Residence Announcement

Acclaimed Cuban Pianist Chucho Valdés to serve as Artist-in-Residence at the 2022 Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage DETROIT – The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation proudly presents Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés, the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz, as its Artist-in-Residence for the 2022 Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage to be...

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Virtual Detroit Jazz Festival Presented by Rocket Mortgage Tops 2M Viewers

DETROIT – The Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage attracted a virtual global audience of more than two million viewers/listeners during Labor Day weekend, doubling the number of jazz fans who clicked on last year’s first-ever virtual jazz festival. The Festival also saw a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of countries with...

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Detroit Jazz Festival Presented By Rocket Mortgage Pivots To Virtual

DETROIT – The Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage, the world’s largest (and best) free jazz festival in the world, today announced a pivot to a virtual format that will be streamed and broadcast “live” for free this Labor Day weekend. The Festival begins on Friday, Sept. 3 and runs through Monday, Sept. 6....

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Detroit Jazz Fest Plans For In-Person Live Audiences

Detroit Jazz Festival Plans for In-Person Audiences DETROIT The Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage, the world’s largest (and best) free jazz festival in the world, today unveiled plans for a return to in-person audiences at the annual Labor Day weekend event. The plans call for limited COVID-19 safety precautions and a revised festival...

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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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