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Detroit Jazz Festival rolls out initial lineup for 2012 edition
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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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:

Geri Allen

Marcus Belgrave Homecoming Band

Peter Bernstein

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

Charlie Gabriel

Kenny Garrett

Godfathers of Groove (Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr., Bernard Purdie)

Larry Goldings

Jerry Gonzalez

Tom Harrell and Charles McPherson

Donald Harrison Quintet

Marion Hayden

Louis Hayes

Fred Hersch Trio

Chuck Israels Ensemble

Bryan Lynch and the Unsung Heroes

Mack Avenue Super Band

Richard Margitza

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

Sonny Rollins

Renee Rosnes

Poncho Sanchez

Christian Scott

Wayne Shorter Quartet

Bill Stewart

Harvey Thompson

Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours

Walter White

Steve Wilson, "Bird With Strings Revisited"

Web Site: www.detroitjazzfest.com

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