DETROIT — The Detroit International Jazz Festival plans to again make “Music on All Cylinders” Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit.
Organizers unveiled most of the lineup Wednesday for the four-day free festival, celebrating its 26th year Aug. 31-Sept. 3 and feature 125 acts on five stages stretching from Hart Plaza to Cadillac Square near the Campus Martius park.
Headliners for this year’s festival include Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Don Byron, Kenny Garrett, Stanley Jordan and Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood , along with blues artists Otis Clay and Maria Muldaur, Motown heroes the Miracles and R&B greats Mavis Staples and former Detroiter Bettye Lavette. Detroitborn jazz violinist Regina Carter, an Oakland University graduate and former member of the group Straight Ahead, will be the festival’s Artist in Residence with three performances and a variety of educational programs.
Carter performed with bassist and Michigan State University jazz program chairman Rodney Whitaker at Wednesday’s news conference.
In addition to the music, the festival also will feature a Jazz Talk Tent for lectures, discussions and clinics — some hosted by the Jazz @ Juilliard ensemble. A Jazz Garden area will feature large-screen videos from the Jazz Icons series, while musician Hayes Greenfield and other artists will perform in the Kid-Bop family area. Nightly after-hours jam sessions will take place at the Top of the Pontch in the Hotel Pontchartrain.
Information about the Detroit International Jazz Festival will be updated regularly online at www. detroitjazzfest.com.