"Thank you for having Jimmy Cobb host a clinic in the Detroit area. It was an honor to see a legendary musician in that intimate setting! I look forward to attending other exciting events like the Jimmy Cobb Clinic!" — Detroit percussionist Layla Hall.
"Serving as Artist in Residence has been a dream unimagined." — Mulgrew Miller, 2010 Detroit Jazz Festival Artist in Residence
"Listeners agree: Quantity, quality of music tops" — Mark Stryker, Detrot Free Press
"Mulgrew Miller Keeps the Flame Alive" — Josh Jackson, WBGO Radio
"Detroit has taken it on the chin in recent years. But the Detroit International Jazz Festival, which came to a close Monday evening at Hart Plaza, is at least one area of civic life that's indisputably better than ever." — Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
"I love the festival. I love Detroit. I love the groovy folks!" — Matt Wilson, Drums
"Celebrating 31 Years, All Year Long. The Detroit International Jazz Festival culminates in four days of live music over Labor Day Weekend, but there’s a lot of activity all year long." — Jazz Police
"The wailing Mambo Legends Orchestra had the audience dancing in the aisles Sunday night, deftly connecting the dots between Afro-Cuban popular music and bebop. The slick arrangements, strong vocals, gutsy percussion and shiny brass and reed sections made a joyous noise -- dig those screaming trumpets!" — Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
"This weekend, for me and everyone I've spoken with was the epitome of how a jazz festival can feel, with an entire city and international audience bringing their love and positively together with an expansive family of musicians... and it was all real jazz." — Benny Green, Piano
"So often I have heard the complaint from fellow critics and assorted curmudgeons: ‘Why can’t an American city put on a festival as efficiently run, impressive and FREE as the Montreal International Jazz Festival?’ Note to colleagues: It’s already happening in Detroit.” — Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
"Somehow time seems to speed up on the last day of Jazzfest..." — Susan Whitall, Detroit News
"Thank you for this amazing eucational experience the festival provided for my students...." — Rodney Whitaker, Director of Jazz Studies, Michigan State University
"What a great festival... what wonderful people... what a line-up... and free? Blew my mind!" — Maria Schneider, Composer/Band Leader
"I was impressed by how many people from all over make the DJF a destination. (And now I understand why!)" — Josh Grossman, Artistic Director Toronto Downtown Jazz
"As a musician, I've played at a lot of jazz festivals, and attended others as a fan, but it would be hard to top my experience at the 2010 DJF." — Bill Moody KSVY-FM Sonoma, CA
"The 2010 festival was the best organized, most diverse (artist-wise) and musically rich festival of all the festivals we’ve been fortunate enough to see and hear. The entire event was a “Bright Moment,” to use Columbus’s own Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s famous phrase. " — Jack Marchbanks, WCBE Columbus
"They had the crowd clamoring for more, as they performed a scintillating set, with all members bringing their “A” game. It was all part of another great weekend of jazz at the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival." — Eulis Cathey/ XM Sirius
"It does not get much better than the Manhattan Transfer (who swing like no one else) wrapping up the best JAZZ festival in the US. The weekend was a wonderful experience. Many thanks!" — Jim DiFeo/ WBGO VIP contest winner
"Let me start by saying that I am still having a jazz hangover! Man, I believe the 2010 festival was more spectacular, awesome, and exciting than last year’s..if that’s possible!! I simply cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this 4 day event. The lineup was one you could only dream of, but somehow you continue to make dreams come true." — Toni Martin, via info@detroitjazzfest.com
"Last year may have been their 30th anniversary year, but this past Labor Day weekend, The Detroit Jazz Festival pulled out all the stops for what had to be one of the most memorable line-ups of recent memory." — C. Andrew Hovan, All About Jazz
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M Lee Brown — Can't find the words to express my happiness. Thanks DJF and especially to Gretchen! Cool nites with hot jazz and I do mean hot. No snooze (aka smooth) for this festival. Thanks for keeping it real.
Jaunty Meek — What a great way to end my summer...the jazz fest IMO was amazing!!!! Stellar Music performances, awesome fireworks and had the best time. Can't wait til next year. Thanks for all the hardworking DJF, You put many smiles on the people of Detroit and and surrounding areas.
Zachary Zeidner — thank you so much detroit jazz festival for another tremendous weekend of phenomenal music. cant wait for next year, already counting down the days!
Ma Epi — GREAT music[ians],food & crowd, had fab time for 2days. kudos DJF & BIG thanks Detroit !!!
Jimmy Cobb
Mulgrew Miller
Tower of Power
Detroit School of Arts Vocal Ensemble
Lalah Hathaway
Tierney Sutton
Mulgrew Miller with Johnny O'Neal and Marion Hayden