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Jazz, Electronic Festivals Announce More Details

Of the Oakland Press

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A couple of Detroit's major summer music festivals rolled out new wrinkles in their summer plans on Wednesday (April 29).

Movement 2009, the annual Memorial Day Weekend electronic music festival, announced a partnership with Movement Torino, a similar festival in Italy launched by Detroit electronic artists Derrick May, who also produced the Detroit festival in 2003-2004. The two organizations plan to work together on a variety of projects, starting with a closing night party of the Detroit Movement festival at the club Plan B on May 25.

Paxahau, which produces the Detroit festival, also announced the stage schedules and sponsors for Movement 2009. The information can be found at www.paxahau.com.

The Detroit International Jazz Festival, meanwhile, has fleshed out the lineup for its 30th anniversary run during Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

Among the highlights will be a "Keepin' Up with the Joneses," a tribute to Pontiac brothers Thad, Elvin and Hank Jones, as well as homecomings by a number of Detroit jazz heroes, including Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen -- whose quartet will feature tap dancer Maurice Chestnut -- Charles McPherson, Louis Hayes, Karriem Riggins and his Virtuoso Experience, the gospel group the Clark Sisters and Flint vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, who will perform with the Michigan State University Big Band. Trumpet great Marcus Belgrave's Allstar Jazz Ensemble will feature famous proteges such as Allen, Riggins and bassist Bob Hurst, while artists from the locally based Mack Avenue Records, including Detroit native Rodney Whitaker, will perform Detroit trumpeter Donald Byrd's jazz-gospel piece "A New Perspective."

Band leader Gerald Wilson has composed a work especially for the festival's 30th anniversary, while this year's Artist in Residence, John Clayton, is writing a [i]concert grosso[/i] that will be performed by his Clayton Brothers Quintet and Detroit's Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra.

Other well-known artists playing this year's festival include Dave Brubeck and his sons, Pete and Juan Escovedo, Brian Auger, T.S. Monk with his Monk on Monk show, Chuchito Valdes, the Clayton Brothers, Wayne Shorter, a 100th birthday celebration for Benny Goodman featuring clarinetist Eddie Daniels and the Wayne State University Big Band, New Orleans soul legend Irma Thomas and a trio of Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, who will perform on opening night.

The festival will also host out of town school groups such as the Berklee Jazz Ensemble, the North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble and the Brubeck Institute Quartet. The KidBop area will return, as will the Pepsi Jazz Talk Tent for panel discussions and an exhibit of photos from throughout the festival's history. The Detroit Marriott at the GM Renaissance Center will host after-hour jam sessions each night.

More information and schedules are available at www.detroitjazzfest.com.

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