February Events: Jam Session, Straight Ahead Reunion & More

The 39th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival is six months away, but the fun is just beginning.

This month we’re kicking-off our monthly Jam Session at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, reuniting the beloved original members of Detroit’s own Straight Ahead for four sold-out shows, and announcing who our next Artist in Residence will be.

See below for event details.

2/19: Jam Session & Artist Festival Submissions

Detroit All-Star house bands open the bandstand for musicians of all ages to sit-in and share jazz in the time-honored jam session tradition. Detroit Jazz Festival Artistic Director Chris Collins will be checking out the artists and Jazz Fest staff will be on hand to accept submissions from artists/ensembles to be considered for the 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival.

Monday’s performers include Chris Collins, Dwight Adams, Ian Finkelstein, Jeff Pedraz and Straight Ahead’s Gayelynn McKinney.

  • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • 97 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • No cover

2/21-22: Straight Ahead 25th Anniversary Reunion Show


2/22: Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation 2018 Artist in Residence Announcement

We spent 2017 with the legendary Wayne Shorter as our Artist in Residence, and at 9 p.m. on Thursday 2/22 we will announce our special partnership for 2018. Tune in via the Detroit Jazz Fest LIVE! app by signing-up here.

2/28: Black History Month Jazz Celebration at Cliff Bell’s, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation is proud to present the Black History Month Jazz Infusion Showcase, featuring our Detroit Public School Community District Jazz Infusion Schools and the Detroit Public School Community District All-City Jazz Band. From 10 a.m. to 1 pm, Chuck Newsome, Educational Coordinator of the Jazz Infusion Program and Willi McAllister, Director of Fine Arts for DPSCD, will lead students in a performance-based convocation of talent and ideas between the schools. This event is for students, in a highly professional and unique jazz venue, in their own backyard.

Join the fun by watching live with the Detroit Jazz Festival LIVE app! And be sure to check back on our Facebook page after the show for bonus footage, including a Q&A with some of these local legends.

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