Detroit Jazz Festival Announces 2024 Lineup

2024 Lineup Announced

DETROIT The Detroit Jazz Festival, the world’s largest (and best) free jazz festival, tonight announced this year’s lineup during a free livestream preview event that included live performances from the 2024 Artist-In-Residence Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, and the One-World Jazz Orchestra, a collaboration between the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and Wayne State University’s Jazz Program.

The preview event also served as a sneak peek for the new Gretchen C. Valade Jazz Center (GCVJC) on the campus of Wayne State University. The GCVJC is scheduled to open to the public later in the Fall.

“This year’s lineup reflects a very dynamic and eclectic combination of next generation and legacy jazz musicians who reflect the diverse tapestry of jazz and its evolutions,” said Chris Collins, president and artistic director, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. “We look forward to their energy and craftsmanship on our stages and seeing our faithful jazz fans in downtown Detroit on Labor Day weekend”

Here’s a partial listing of this year’s Festival lineup:

  • 2024 Artist-In-Residence Brian Blade
  • Billy Childs Quartet, Special Guest Sean Jones
  • Cameron Graves
  • Carmen Lundy
  • Charlie Sepulveda & The Turnaround Plus Special Guest
  • Chief Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott)
  • Christian McBride
  • Ghost-Note
  • Isaiah J. Thompson Quartet
  • James “Blood” Ulmer Music Revelation Ensemble
  • Joshua Redman Group featuring Gabrielle Cavassa ‘Where Are We’ Tour
  • Kyle Eastwood – Eastwood Symphonic
  • Marquis Hill: Composers Collective
  • Melanie Charles
  • Mimi Fox Organ Trio
  • Monty Alexander D-Day
  • Nate Smith
  • Pablo Ziegler Quintet Featuring Roberta Gambarini
  • The Bad Plus
  • The Vibraphone Summit: Warren Wolf – Joe Locke – Jason Marsalis & Chien Chien Lu
  • TRANSLINEAR LIGHT The Music of Alice Coltrane featuring Ravi Coltrane with Special Guest Brandee Younger
  • Zig Zag Power Trio: Vernon Reid – Melvin Gibbs – Will Calhoun

The Detroit Jazz Festival will be held in downtown Detroit on Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 (Labor Day weekend).


About the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation 

Under the leadership of President and Artistic Director Chris Collins, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. The Foundation produces the Detroit Jazz Festival, which is the signature event for the Foundation and the largest free jazz festival in the world. The Festival is also a major tourist attraction for the City of Detroit, with 26 percent of its audience coming from out of state. For more information, visit

The Detroit Jazz Festival is supported by the Gretchen C. Valade Endowment for the Arts, a private foundation generously created by the late Angel of Jazz, Gretchen C. Valade. The Foundation also receives grant funding from the DTE Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, Kresge Foundation, the Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest and Carolyn Wanzo and the Purify Wanzo CTAA Endowment at Wayne State University. Hundreds of individuals also contribute to the Festival through membership and donations.

Major corporate partners include Rocket Mortgage, Carhartt, JPMorgan Chase, Absopure and Kia.

Media partners include Fox 2 Detroit, 760 WJR, WEMU-FM, DownBeat, WRCJ 90.9 FM,

Channel 22, city of Detroit’s new arts and entertainment channel; and Detroit Public Television.

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