I love going to a music festival. In the past, all of the music festivals I attended were rock festivals. That is not the case anymore. If someone invites me to any kind of music festival - I am in one hundred percent. I love the entire experience, even if the music is not necessarily to my taste.

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The entire vibe and atmosphere of a music festival are what appeal to me. The food, the drinks, and the people are all part of the experience. One festival that I have not been to yet is the Detroit Jazz Festival.

Did you know that the Detroit Jazz Festival is the world's largest free jazz festival? I did not until now. That is something to be proud of. The annual festival happens on Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd through September 5th, 2022 at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius in downtown Detroit.

The list of performers to date is as follows,

Friday, September 2nd

  • Chucho Valdés “The Creation” with the Yoruban Orchestra, Hilario Duràn & John Beasley
  • The Soul Rebels

Saturday, September 3rd

  • The New Orleans Groove Masters with Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis & Shannon Powell
  • Roosevelt Collier
  • Julian Lage
  • Harriet Tubman featuring Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs & JT Lewis o Donny McCaslin
  • Ranky Tanky with very special guest Ms. Lisa Fischer o Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
  • Vijay Iyer Trio o Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
  • Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band with special guest Marquis Hill

Sunday, September 4th

  • Bill Frisell Trio featuring Thomas Morgan & Rudy Royston
  • José James presents Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow
  • Antonio Sánchez & Bad Hombre with Thana Alexa, BIGYUKI & Lex Sadler
  • Nubya Garcia
  • Tottori Jazz Generation Band
  • Charles McPherson Quintet featuring Brian Lynch o Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Roberto Fonseca YESUN
  • The Lighthouse Project
  • Duets – Dianne Reeves, Chucho Valdés & Joe Lovano

Monday, September 5th

  • Theo Croker – LOVE QUANTUM featuring Gary Bartz
  • Ethan Iverson Trio (with Larry Grenadier and Nasheet Waits)
  • Dianne Reeves o Artemis featuring Renee Rosnes, Ingrid Jensen, Nicole Glover, Alexa Tarantino, Noriko Ueda & Allison Miller
  • Emmet Cohen Trio 3
  • John Scofield’s “Yankee Go Home” featuring Vicente Archer, Jon Cowherd & Josh Dion
  • JD Allen Trio
  • Chucho Valdés Quartet

Did I mention this is a free festival? Nowhere else can you see this many performers at no charge. Add the Detroit Jazz Festival to your summer list of things to do. Enjoy!

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