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DETROIT – The Detroit Jazz Festival “Imported from Detroit” celebrates 34 years this Labor Day Weekend. The annual festival promises to deliver an eclectic lineup filled with jazz greats, performing on four stages.
“We strive to make the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Labor Day weekend concerts more exceptional every year, and continue to show people from around the world what our great city has to offer,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors.
“Everything we do at the Detroit Jazz Festival is meant to enrich the lives of music lovers everywhere. We want to make it possible for them to see their favorite jazz artists all in one place, and most importantly, offering these performances for free. It’s not just about amazing music; it’s about making it available for anyone that wants to listen.”
Every year, to promote the great musicians living in our city, the Detroit Jazz Festival asks for regional submissions from artists who are interested in playing at the festival. The festival is committed to growing artists within our region, but also beyond. Last year, the festival started annual competitions in order to identify talented musicians and arrangers who are developing their careers. For 2013, arrangers and trumpeters, the instrument chosen for the year, are invited to send in compositions by July 1, 2013 for the opportunity to perform at this year’s festival.
“This year’s lineup was again carefully selected. We want to represent real jazz in all its forms. This year, we’re focusing on all dimensions and the different generations of jazz music. The creative artists we’re bringing together are pushing boundaries to create new, unique approaches that explore the true nature of jazz music,” said Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. “Making an impact in the jazz world, but also creating meaningful experiences for the audience, is what the Detroit Jazz Festival is all about.”
The 34th annual festival weekend will take place once again over Labor Day weekend in Hart Plaza and Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. The Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the world, with attendees from all over the world, and more than 25 percent of attendees coming from outside of Michigan. In addition to providing incredible opportunities to see jazz legends, the festival makes a significant economic impact on the city of Detroit through festival weekend activities and year-round initiatives. Attendees can see the world-renowned artists on four stages – JP Morgan Chase Main Stage, Carhartt Amphitheatre Stage, Mack Avenue Records Waterfront Stage and Absopure Pyramid Stage – Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.
To see the full lineup, visit http://www.detroitjazzfest.com.