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 Artists

Ramsey Lewis

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, is a jazz composer, pianist and radio personality. Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has ...

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John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, started playing guitar at age six, following in the tradition of ...

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Sean Jones Quartet

Sean Jones has quickly established himself as one of the most outstanding and innovative trumpeters/composers on ...

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Joshua Redman

2014 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. After ...

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Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland

PRISM

From his beginnings with Miles Davis to his celebrated ensembles of today, Grammy Award winning bassist Dave Holland has ...

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Cyrus Chestnut Plays Dave Brubeck

Virtuosic and playful, pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s hard swinging, soulful sounds have become a staple in the jazz community. Blending ...

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Tom Harrell

COLORS OF A DREAM

While many baby boomers and artists are heading into retirement, trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell, at a youthful-looking 67, ...

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Diane Schuur

with String Orchestra conducted by Alan Broadbent and featuring Joel Frahm, Romero Lubambo, Ben Wolfe, and Willie Jones III.

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“To Miles, From Wayne"

Wallace Roney with Orchestra: featuring Wayne Shorter's Universe, Legend, and other rarely heard large jazz works.

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Pharoah Sanders Quartet

Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones ...

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Regina Carter's "Southern Comfort"

Violin virtuoso and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. Born in Detroit, ...

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Cyrille Aimée

Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival's International Vocal Competition, the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition and finalist ...

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Dr. Lonnie Smith's "In the Beginning" Octet

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond ...

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Randy Weston

African Rhythms + Randy Weston & Billy Harper Duo "The Roots of Blues"

After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, ...

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Christian McBride Trio

Bassist extraodinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and ...

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Phil Woods Quintet

Upon his return to the United States from Europe in 1973, PHIL WOODS moved back to the New York area and formed THE PHIL WOODS QUARTET (now QUINTET).

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Lou Donaldson Organ Quartet

Jazz critics agree that “Sweet Poppa Lou” Donaldson is one of the greatest alto saxophonists of all time. He began his career as a bandleader ...

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Al Foster Quartet

Al Foster, master drummer, has been a major innovator in the world of jazz for several decades. As a member of the Miles Davis band for thirteen years, Foster's contribution ...

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Freda Payne

with the USAF Airmen of Note Big Band, presenting the 2014 DJF youth Vocalist Winner Emma Aboukasm

Freda a Detroit native who got her start singing with big bands ...

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Nicholas Payton

Sketches of Miles & Gil with Vicente Archer, Bill Stewart and Conductor: Norah Duncan IV

Nicholas Payton, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time. ...

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Bill Evans Soulgrass

Bill is a world-class, Grammy® Award winning saxophonist and producer who made his debut on the international music scene ...

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2014 DJF Artist in Residence: Joshua Redman Quartet

featuring Reuben Rogers, Aaron Goldberg, and Greg Hutchinson

One of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation, Grammy Award ...

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Gary Burton Quintet

Featuring Julian Lage, Vadim Neselovskyi, Jorge Roeder and Marcus Gilmore

Grammy-award winning vibraphonist Gary Burton, is the pioneer of four mallet technique and long ...

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Bucky Pizzarelli

John “Bucky” Pizzarelli is a world-renowned jazz guitarist who was born in Paterson, NJ on January 9, 1926.

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Stanley Clarke

With over forty albums, four-time Grammy Award winner Stanley Clarke has attained “living legend” status during his over 45-year career as a bass virtuoso. ...

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Mike Stern Band

featuring Bob Franceschini, Tom Kennedy, Richie Morales

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Rodney Whitaker and Soul-R Energy

The Motor City’s own bass-loving son Rodney Whitaker eloquently and exuberantly evinces the dynamic spirit ...

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Ron Carter and Peter Bernstein - Tribute to Jim Hall

RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. - PETER BERNSTEIN has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. ...

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Tim Ries and The East Gipsy Band

Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries, a Michigan native who has lived in NYC for 25 years, performs at the Detroit Jazz Festival this year for the first time as a leader with The East Gipsy Band from Budapest. ...

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Barry Harris Trio

Barry Harris is an Internationally renowned Jazz Pianist, Composer and Teacher. Dr. Harris is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate ...

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Ted Louis Levy

After being HONORABLY DISCHARGED from the US Navy, Ted began training, professionally, in Chicago, with Mr. Finis Henderson II. ...

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Kevin Mahogany

Kevin Mahogany's broad baritone was forged in his hometown: the legendary jazz metropolis known as Kansas City; where he learned to ...

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Margot Bingham

Margot Bingham (aka Margot B.) currently stars in “Matador”. The series, from award-winning writer/producer Roberto Orci, ...

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David Berger

Jazz composer, arranger, and conductor, David Berger, is recognized internationally as a leading authority on the music of Duke Ellington and the Swing Era. ...

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Tormé Sings Tormé

Steve March-Tormé featuring the Dektette arrangements of Marty Paich

Steve March-Tormé has wooed audiences in every venue from ...

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Joey DeFrancesco Quartet

w. George Fludas, Jeff Parker & Ralphe Armstrong

A prodigious talent at an early age, Jazz Organist Joey DeFrancesco, has matured into living legend status. ...

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Louis Armstrong's Musical Legacy

Featuring Marcus Belgrave, Nicholas Payton, and Wendell Brunious

Marcus Belgrave, a living Jazz legend, is Detroit’s official Jazz Master Laureate & 50K Kresge Eminent Artist. He received his first trumpet at 6, ...

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Aruán Ortiz & Orbiting Quartet

Aruán Ortiz is a critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, ...

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Elio Villafranca Quartet featuring Eric Alexander

Born in the Pinar del Río province of Western Cuba, pianist and composer Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion ...

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Orrin Evans Quintet

CD Release “Liberation Blues”

ORRIN EVANS—PIANIST, BANDLEADER AND NOTORIOUS MUSICAL CATALYST—is a bona fide, jazz original. ...

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Walter White Quartet

Walter White has emerged with a personal voice on both trumpet and flugelhorn; darkly incantatory, furiously intense, risk-laden, harmonically astute, ...

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The Pedrito Martinez Group, Featuring Ariacne Trujillo

The Pedrito Martinez Group has emerged as the tightest Afro-Cuban band in New York. ...

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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

To describe how the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has arrived at its 35th Anniversary, trumpet player Gregory Davis employs a tried-and true ...

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Tad Weed Trio

Tad Weed holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. He has performed as Pianist/Musical Director for Carmen McRae ...

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Ellen Rowe Quintet

The Ellen Rowe Quintet, featuring Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival ...

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Halladay/Schunk Latin Experience - Celebrando!

Doug Halladay is a Detroit musician/composer with a long association with Detroit jazz legends Ken Cox, Donald Walden, ...

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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

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Alvin Waddles

Alvin Waddles, a Detroit native, is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan School of Music. ...

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Barbara Morrison

Barbara Morrison has performed with a virtual who's who of the Jazz and the Blues worlds. That list includes legends like; Marcus Belgrave, ...

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Bob Belden

Duke Ellington coined a description many years ago to attempt to define what is impossible to define. ...

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James Dapogny's Jazz Band

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James Dapogny's Jazz Band draws its repertoire from the range of jazz and popular music played before the innovations of bebop. ...

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Mack Avenue Superband

Mack Avenue SuperBand’s "Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival – 2013" documents a concert at Hart Plaza by an ...

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Sean Jones

At 35 years old, Sean Jones has established himself as one of the most outstanding and innovative trumpeters and composers on today’s scene. ...

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The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman

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The Bad Plus — bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King — came together at the end ...

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The Motown Legends Gospel Choir

The Motown Legends Gospel Choir is one of the most eminent gospel choirs in the Detroit metropolitan area. ...

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The Wondertwins

THE WONDERTWINS are identical twins Billy and Bobby, at the early age of 10 were opening up Hip Hop icons such as RUN DMC ...

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Wendell Brunious

Wendell Brunious, comes from a family deeply rooted in New Orleans music. Wendell´s father, John Brunious, ...

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RAPA House Revisited - Detroit Jam

Rob Pipho, Cliff Monear, Marion Hayden, Sean Dobbins

Please join us for a toast to Ernest Rodgers, hosted by Chris Collins, Artistic Director.

Airmen of Note

The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling ...

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