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Detroit Jazz Festival 2021

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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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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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THE GUARDIAN #14

Save the Date! 2022 Detroit Jazz Festival Preview Event Saturday, March 26   The 2022 Detroit Jazz Festival Preview Event has been scheduled for Saturday, March 26, taking place at the Gretchen C. Valade Jazz Center on Wayne State University’s campus. As more information becomes available, we will be sure to provide updates through Detroit...

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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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THE GUARDIAN #13

Due to the ongoing construction improvements on Hart Plaza, and our goal to keep the Festival safe, live and free for everyone, the 42nd annual Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage has pivoted to a virtual live format that will be streamed and broadcast “live” for free this Labor Day weekend.  Click here, to...

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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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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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