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 downtown Detroit.
The Detroit Jazz Festival Livestream Preview Event was held with a limited audience at the future home of the Gretchen C. Valade Jazz Center at Wayne State University, in Midtown Detroit . Gretchen Valade Jazz Center is scheduled to open Fall 2023.
The Tonight’s lineup announcement also coincided with International Jazz Day, a global celebration to raise awareness about the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.
“It’s extremely befitting we announce the 2022 Festival lineup on what is considered a global day of unity in the jazz community,” said Chris Collins, president and artistic director, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. “As we look forward to pivoting back to an in-person format, this year’s lineup reflects our renewed mission to feature legacy artists, propagate and nurture the next generation of jazz performers and audiences, and showcase the diverse tapestry of jazz in one festival.”
“We are proud to present the Detroit Jazz Festival, a marquee event that celebrates jazz’s rich history in our hometown of Detroit,” said Laura Grannemann, the Vice President of the Rocket Community Fund. “This event is more than a festival, it’s a community that comes together to celebrate music, our city and each other.”
Here’s a partial listing of this year’s Festival lineup:
Friday, Sept. 2
- Chucho Valdés “The Creation” with the Yoruban Orchestra, Hilario Duràn & John Beasley, Musical Directors, The extraordinary summation of an extraordinary career
- The Soul Rebels -more-
Saturday, Sept. 3
- The New Orleans Groove Masters with Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis & Shannon Powell
- Roosevelt Collier
- Julian Lage
- Harriet Tubman featuring Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs & JT Lewis
- Donny McCaslin
- Ranky Tanky with very special guest Ms. Lisa Fischer
- Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
- Vijay Iyer Trio
- Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
- Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band with special guest Marquis Hill
Sunday, Sept. 4
- Bill Frisell Trio featuring Thomas Morgan & Rudy Royston
- José James presents Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday
- Georgia Anne Muldrow
- Antonio Sánchez & Bad Hombre with Thana Alexa, BIGYUKI & Lex Sadler
- Nubya Garcia
- Tottori Jazz Generation Band
- Charles McPherson Quintet featuring Brian Lynch
- Cécile McLorin Salvant
- Roberto Fonseca YESUN
- The Lighthouse Project
- Duets – Dianne Reeves, Chucho Valdés & Joe Lovano
Monday, Sept. 5
- Theo Croker – LOVE QUANTUM featuring Gary Bartz
- Ethan Iverson Trio (with Larry Grenadier and Nasheet Waits)
- Dianne Reeves
- Artemis featuring Renee Rosnes, Ingrid Jensen, Nicole Glover, Alexa Tarantino, Noriko Ueda & Allison Miller
- Emmet Cohen Trio 2o
- John Scofield’s “Yankee Go Home” featuring Vicente Archer, Jon Cowherd & Josh Dion
- JD Allen Trio
- Chucho Valdés Quartet
The full Festival schedule will be available as the event nears.
Also returning this year is “Detroit Jazz Fest LIVE!” now available for FREE through the Festival’s website at live.detroitjazzfest.org. Festival attendees and out-of-towners unable to make it to the Festival can livestream performances from all four stages, all four days via their smartphone, tablet or desktop. Additionally, the livestreaming services features select performances throughout the year from the Foundation’s year-round initiatives, Festival schedules, maps and more.
The Detroit Jazz Festival will be held on Sept. 2 – 5.
“There is no better place in the world for jazz than Labor Day weekend in Detroit,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board of Directors. “We’re truly excited for another great jazz festival and welcome our guests from around the world to our beautiful city.”
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 detroitjazzfest.org. The Foundation receives grant funding from the Kresge Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Arts Midwest, D’Addario Foundation 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, Absopure, DTE Foundation and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Media partners include Fox 2 Detroit, WJR Newstalk 760 AM, WEMU-FM, DownBeat, JazzTimes, WDET-FM 101.9, WRCJ 90.9 FM, Channel 22, city of Detroit’s new arts and entertainment channel; and Detroit Public Television.
About Quicken Loans / Rocket Mortgage
Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest home mortgage lender, enables the American Dream of homeownership and financial freedom through its obsession with an industry leading digital-driven client experience. The company closed $145 billion dollars of mortgage volume across all 50 states in 2019. In late 2015 Quicken Loans introduced Rocket Mortgage, the first fully digital mortgage experience. Currently, 98% of all home loans originated by Quicken Loans utilize Rocket Mortgage Technology.
Quicken Loans moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010. Today, Quicken Loans and the Rock Family of Companies employs more than 19,000 full-time team members in Detroit’s urban core. The company generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Phoenix and operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit.
Quicken Loans ranked highest in the country for customer satisfaction for primary mortgage origination by J.D. Power for the past 10 consecutive years, 2010 – 2019, and also ranked highest in the country for customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers the past six consecutive years, 2014 – 2019.
Quicken Loans was once again named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in 2019 and has been included in the magazine’s top 1/3rd of companies named to the list for the past 16 consecutive years. In addition, Essence Magazine named Quicken Loans “#1 Place to Work in the Country for African Americans.” For more information and company news visit QuickenLoans.com/press-room.
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Click 2022 Detroit Jazz Festival Lineup to view the announcements made for this year’s event.