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Tributes galore set for this year's Detroit Jazz Festival
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The 35th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival will pay tribute to Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Dave Brubeck, Jim Hall, Miles Davis and Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre during Labor Day Weekend.

Additionally, saxophonist Joshua Redman has been named this year's Artist in Residence, with performances on four of the festival's stages, including one show with the Bad Plus. . Redman will also take part in several pre-festival events during the next four and a half months, including a workshop Wednesday, April 16, at Wayne Statue University after the festival lineup is formally announced during a lunchtime gathering at the Detroit Athletic Club.

The festival has announced 37 acts so far, with more expected to be added in the coming weeks. Among this year's highlights are:

* "A Night at the Apollo Theatre" with Ted Louis Levy, Margot B. Kevin Mahogany, Dave Berger's New York City Jazz Orchestra and others.

* The Nat King Cole tribute "Straighten Up and Fly Right" with Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli.

* Bassist Stanley Clarke's celebration of his landmark "School Days" album, which played earlier this year at Detroit's Majestic Theatre.

* The Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra's Homecoming Band concert led by Jimmy Wilkins.

* "Louis Armstrong's Musical Legacy" with Marcus Belgrave, Nicholas Payton and others.

* Payton's "Sketches of Miles & Gil" set in tribute to Davis and Gil Evans.

The Detroit Jazz Festival is the world's largest free jazz festival. This year's full lineup and details about other events and patron programs can be found at www.detroitjazzfest.com.

Web Site: www.detroitjazzfest.com

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