The Detroit Jazz Festival will announce a lineup of 40 acts for its 33rd annual Labor Day run at a media and sponsor gathering on Tuesday, April 17 -- including already revealed headliners such as Sonny Rollins and the Wynton Marsalis Quintet along with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Detroit trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave's Homecoming Band and a Super Band from Harper Woods-based Mack Avenue Records.
The festival takes place, as usual, on Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, in and between Detroit's Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. It marks the debut of Chris Collins, Wayne State University's director of jazz studies, as the festival's artistic director.
The 2011 DJF, voted North America's second-best jazz festival by readers of Jazz Times magazine, drew an estimated 200,000 during a partly rainy weekend
Besides Rollins and Marsalis, the festival's lineup of headliners also includes Pat Metheny and Chris Potter's United Band, Chick Corea and Gary Burton with the Harlem String Quartet, the Wayne Shorter Quartet and 2012 Artist-in-Residence Terence Blanchard, who will perform with his quartet. Recent additions to the list also include the Godfathers of Groove, Charlie Gabriel, Christian Scott, Kenny Garrett, Walter White, Geri Allen, Marion Hayden and Larry Goldings.
Leading up to the actual festival, the DJF organization will host a series of shows and educational programs. The Detroit Torino Urban Jazz Project will perform on June 1 at Orchestra Hall, while the festival and Wayne State University will continue Jazz Week@Wayne, an intensive workshop that will lead to two performances, one at Campus Martius before the festival and one during the festival weekend.
The DJF will also continue its Jazz Talk Tent with educational programs throughout the festival. Updated information will be posted at www.detroitjazzfest.com.
The lineup for the 2012 festival so far includes:
Marcus Belgrave Homecoming Band
Art Blakey Tribute featuring Peter Washington, Lewis Nash, Geoffrey Keezer and Curtis Fuller
Terence Blanchard Quartet
Randy Brecker and Lew Tabackin
Chick Corea and Gary Burton featuring the Harlem String Quartet
Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano, Sound Prints
Ellery Eskelin Trio
Godfathers of Groove (Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr., Bernard Purdie)
Tom Harrell and Charles McPherson
Donald Harrison Quintet
Fred Hersch Trio
Chuck Israels Ensemble
Bryan Lynch and the Unsung Heroes
Mack Avenue Super Band
Wynton Marsalis Quintet
Donny McCaslin Quartet
Cecilé McLorin Salvant
Pat Metheny and Chris Potter, Unity Band Arturo O'Farrill Afro-Latin Septet
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours
Steve Wilson, "Bird With Strings Revisited"
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