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Detroit Jazz Fest announces initial 2016 acts

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Guitarists George Benson and John Scofield are among the headliners for this 2016 edition of the Detroit Jazz Festival, taking place Labor Day Weekend in downtown Detroit.

Benson will play with his own group, while Scofield will play in collaboration with pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana.

The annual free festival will also include two performances by Roy Hargrove -- one with his RH Factor band and another with a string section -- Freddy Cole & the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, Omar Sosa Quatetto AfroCubano, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project, the Chris Potter Underground Orchestra, Randy Weston's African Rhythms, Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, Jason Moran, Roberta Gambarini and Jimmy Heath (in celebratioin of Heath's 90th birthday), the Marcus Roberts Modern Jazz Generation, Luciana Souza's "Speaking in Tongues," Alfredo Rodriguez, Harold Lopez-Nussa and the Soul Rebels.

The acts join four performances by bassist Ron Carter, the 2016 Artist-In-Residence, who will be playing in nonet, trio, quartet and big band formats.

More acts are expected to be announced later, as well as sessions in the Jazz Talk Tent and after-hours jam sessions at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center hotel.

Updates will be available at detroitjazzfest.com.

Web Site: www.detroitjazzfest.com

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