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Detroit Jazz Festival reveals first acts
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Pat Metheny will be joined by his Artist In Residence predecessor Danilo Perez, Brian Blades, Carla Bley and more at the 36th Detroit Jazz Festival this coming Labor Day Weekend.

According to an ad in the new festival issue of the jazz magazine DownBeat, Perez, who was Detroit's Artist In Residence during 2014, will premiere his commissioned "Detroit World Suite," while Bley will conduct Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, with Steve Swallow on bass. Blade will bring his Fellowship Band to the festival, while other listed performers include the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Benny's Threads, an all-star collective inspired by Benny Goodman that will feature clarinetists Eddie Daniel, Pacquito D'Rivera, Ken Peplowski and Anat Cohen, spoken word passages by author Douglas Preston and new compositions by Charles Goodwin and his Phat Band.

The festival's full lineup will be revealed on April 28 during an event at the Detroit Athletic Club.

The festival will take place Sept. 4-7 between Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. Admission will be free, but preferred seating and other perks are available for various membership levels. Information is available at www.detroitjazzfest.com.

Web Site: www.detroitjazzfest.com

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