Saxophone legend Wayne Shorter will be the Artist-in-Residence for this year's Detroit Jazz Festival, taking place Labor Day weekend in Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park.
Shorter, a New Jersey native, is a 10-time Grammy Award and Polar Music Prize winner and a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master. He will perform on the festival's opening night, Sept. 1, and will play all-star Quartet and Quintet shows, the latter featuring Detroit native Geri Allen along with Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington. The quartet, meanwhile, premiere a new piece inspired by Shorter's love of science fiction and mythology, with the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra.
Shorter will also perform a special concert on April 20 at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, the same week the festival's full lineup is announced.
"Performing at the Detroit Jazz Festival is something I've received the opportunity to do on several occasions," Shorter said in a statement, "and each time it's combined a phenomenal atmosphere with immeasurable talent, which is why I keep coming back. I am extremely honored to expand my Festival participation this year by becoming the Detroit Jazz Festival's Artist-in-Residence."