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Detroit Jazz Fest Announces Pre-Shows

Of the Oakland Press

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The 2008 Detroit International Jazz Festival will present six shows in its Budweiser Pre-Fest Club Series leading up to the annual Labor Day Weekend fete.

Christian McBride, the festivalís 2008 Artist in Residence, will kick off the series on July 22 with Perry Hughes and Dwight Adams at Bakerís Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. The Jesse Palter Quintet follows on Aug. 1 at Detroitís Music Hall Jazz Cafe, while GEQ plays Aug. 8 at Bertís Marketplace. Steve Nardella headlines Aug. 15 at Memphis Smoke in Royal Oak, the Randy Napoleon Sextet plays Aug. 22 at Cliff Bellís in Detroit and Sheila Landis concludes the pre-shows on Aug. 22 at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe.

Festival organizers have also announced

additional artists for the lineup, including Johnnie Bassett, the Johnny Allen Quintet, the Buggs Beddow Band, Chris Collinsí Detroit-Torino Project and Marion Hayden. The Second Ebenezer Majestic Voices and Dorinda Clark-Cole will headline the Come Monday gospel program, while Bill Meyer will present a Jazz Digs Labor show just after the annual Detroit Labor Day Parade.

More info about the festival can be found at www.detroitjazzfest.com.

Web Site: www.detroitjazzfest.com

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