2014 Lineup

In his third year as the Detroit Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Chris Collins has cultivated another amazing lineup for this year’s Labor Day weekend performances. The vision for 2014 is to continue to create musical experiences and collaborations that articulate “Jazz Speaks for Life,” the important words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival. Once again, musicians from around the world and right here in Detroit as well, will come together to weave deep, meaningful stories through their music that are at the very root of what makes jazz an art form that imitates, creates and expands our collective musical and life experiences.

2014 Artist in Residence Joshua Redman

Joshua Redman is the one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. His self-titled 1993 album earned Redman his first Grammy nomination. Over a series of celebrated recordings including Spirit of the Moment/Live at the Village Vanguard, Freedom in the Groove and Timeless Tales (for Changing Times), Redman established himself as one of the music’s most consistent and successful bandleaders. The Grammy nominated 2005 release Momentum with Redman’s Elastic Band was his first with Nonesuch Records.

In May 2013, Redman released Walking Shadows (Nonesuch), a collection of vintage and contemporary ballads produced by his friend and frequent collaborator Brad Mehldau and Redman’s first recording to include an orchestral ensemble. About Walking Shadows, The New York Times said "there hasn’t been a more sublimely lyrical gesture in his 20-year recording career."

2014 Lineup

  • Straighten Up and Fly Right - The Nat King Cole Tribute Featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli
  • Sean Jones Quartet
  • Joshua Redman – 2014 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
  • Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland: PRISM
  • Cyrus Chestnut Plays Dave Brubeck
  • Tom Harrell: COLORS OF A DREAM
  • Diane Schuur with String Orchestra conducted by Alan Broadbent and featuring Joel Frahm, Romero Lubambo, Ben Wolfe, and Willie Jones III
  • "To Miles, From Wayne" - Wallace Roney with Orchestra: featuring Wayne Shorter's Universe, Legend, and other rarely heard large jazz works
  • Pharoah Sanders Quartet
  • Regina Carter's "Southern Comfort"
  • Cyrille Aimée
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith's "In the Beginning" Octet
  • Randy Weston's African Rhythms
  • Randy Weston & Billy Harper Duo "The Roots of Blues"
  • Christian McBride Trio
  • Phil Woods Quintet
  • Lou Donaldson Organ Quartet
  • Al Foster Quartet
  • Freda Payne with the USAF Airmen of Note Big Band, presenting the 2014 DJF youth Vocalist Winner
  • Nicholas Payton: Sketches of Miles & Gil with Vicente Archer, Bill Stewart and Conductor: Bob Belden
  • Bill Evans Soulgrass
  • 2014 DJF Artist in Residence: Joshua Redman Quartet featuring Reuben Rogers, Aaron Goldberg, and Greg Hutchinson
  • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • GARY BURTON QUINTET Featuring Julian Lage, Vadim Neselovskyi, Jorge Roeder and Marcus Gilmore
  • John Pizzarelli Quartet With Special Guest, Bucky Pizzarelli – Father and Son
  • Stanley Clarke
  • MIKE STERN BAND featuring Bob Franceschini, Tom Kennedy, Richie Morales
  • Rodney Whitaker & Soul-R Energy
  • Ron Carter & Peter Bernstein –Tribute to Jim Hall
  • Tim Ries and The East Gipsy Band
  • A Night At the Apollo - featuring Ted Louis Levy, Kevin Mahogany, Margot B, David Berger’s NYC Jazz Orchestra, and Surprise Guests
  • Homecoming Big Band: Jimmy Wilkins Conducts the Music of Ernie Wilkins featuring the DJFO and Detroit Homecoming Guests: Barry Harris, Regina Carter, and Tim Ries
  • Tormé Sings Tormé – Steve March- Tormé featuring the Dektette arrangements of Marty Paich
  • Barry Harris Trio
  • Joey DeFrancesco Quartet w. George Fludas, Jeff Parker & Ralphe Armstrong
  • Louis Armstrong's Musical Legacy Featuring Marcus Belgrave, Nicholas Payton, and Wendell Brunious
  • Aruán Ortiz & Orbiting Quartet
  • Elio Villafranca Quartet featuring Eric Alexander
  • Orrin Evans Quintet CD Release “Liberation Blues”
  • Walter White Quartet
  • The Pedrito Martinez Group, Featuring Ariacne Trujillo
  • Tad Weed Trio
  • Ellen Rowe Quintet
  • Halladay/Schunk Latin Experience - Celebrando!
  • 2014 DJF Artist in Residence: Joshua Redman - Jazz Speaks for Life - Music Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement Featuring, Reuben Rogers, Aaron Goldberg,
    Greg Hutchinson, the Wayne State University Big Band, The Motown Legends Choir, and special guests - In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of the Civil Rights Act