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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

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

Jazz from the Cellar

TOM BARTELMAY

JAZZ FROM THE CELLAR May 20 2022 TOM BARTELMAY Tom Bartelmay is a guitarist, composer and bandleader based in Detroit, Michigan. His influences included artists such as Gyorgy Ligeti, Thelonious Monk, the Brian Blade Fellowship, Butcher Brown and the Grateful Dead. Today Tom’s work focuses on strong lyrical elements recontextualized through a variety of rhythmic...

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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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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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