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Motown Celebrates Its Musical Legends In The 2013 Detroit Jazz Fest

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On April 23, 2013, the Producers of the world-renowned Detroit Jazz Festival announced what promises to be another outstanding lineup of nationally and internationally renowned artists in addition to the generations of Detroit players who put the city on the map as one of the historically significant centers for the music.

Artistic Director Chris Collins showed that his first smash year at the helm was no fluke as he revealed the list of stars who will be appearing in Downtown Detroit Labor Day Weekend. Collins selected the lineup, which pays special attention, to “the language of jazz and the generations of musicians who have dedicated their lives to propagating its many dialects."

Collins announced this year’s Artist-In-Residence, Panamanian Pianist Danilo Perez
Danilo Perez
Danilo Perez
b.1966
piano
who is recognized as one of the most celebrated players in modern music. Perez, who has been Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
's keyboard man for the better part of 10 years, just came off a stint as Director of his nation’s own Jazz festival. As part of his duties, Perez will premiere a new work titled “Panama 500,” which will open The Festival on Friday, August 30. Joining Perez that night will be Renaissance Man David Murray
David Murray
David Murray
b.1955
sax, tenor
and his Big Band which will feature Macy Gray. The Detroit lineup features Jazz Godfather Marcus Belgrave
Marcus Belgrave
Marcus Belgrave
b.1936
trumpet
, James Carter
James Carter
James Carter
b.1969
sax, tenor
paying tribute to the legendary Don Byas
Don Byas
Don Byas
1912 - 1972
sax, tenor
, the Detroit Homecoming Band featuring Geri Allen
Geri Allen
Geri Allen
b.1957
piano
and drummer Francisco Mora Catlett’s AFRO HORN MX. Other stars appearing that weekend include Charles Lloyd
Charles Lloyd
Charles Lloyd
b.1938
saxophone
with Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
b.1951
guitar
, Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad Jamal
b.1930
piano
, Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman
b.1969
saxophone
, a Sax Summit with Ravi Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane
b.1965
sax, tenor
, Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
b.1946
saxophone
, and Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
, Jon Faddis
Jon Faddis
Jon Faddis
b.1953
trumpet
, and Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter
b.1971
vocalist
.

“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.”
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