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Six acts to catch at Detroit Jazz Fest this year
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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It's been 40 Labor Day weekends since the first Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival took place, and the event now known as simply the Detroit Jazz Festival is as strong as it's ever been, a world-class four days (Friday through Monday, Aug. 30-Sept. 2) of music, with none of the other holiday weekend festival thrills.



With 57 acts playing on four stages, plus late-night jam sessions and a Talk Tent, there's no shortage of highlights. But here are six you should catch by any means necessary:



Artist-in-Residence Stanley Clarke kicks things off at by strapping on his electric bass guitar for a Back to School Days set at 9 p.m. Friday on the JP Morgan Chase Main Stage.



The festival's first jam session pays tribute to trumpeter and band leader Johnny Trudell at 11 p.m. Friday in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.



Motown Funk Brother Dennis Coffey shows off his jazz chops at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Absopure Water Front Stage.





Previous Artists in Residence Pat Metheny and Ferndale native Ron Carter create duo magic at 3:30 p.m. Sunday on the Carhartt Amphitheater Stage.



Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater joins forces with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. Sunday on the Main Stage. (Also telecast at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, on WTVS-Channel 56).



Clarke returns to close things out by recreating his score for the film "Boyz in the Hood" with the Detroit Jazz Festival String Orchestra at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Amphitheater Stage.



Detroit Jazz Festival admission is free; VIP packages are available. detroitjazzfest.org.

Web Site: www.detroitjazzfest.org

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