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bridging the upper and lower
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Festival - Hart Plaza & waterfront
33rd Detroit Jazz Festival 2012
     Friday, August 31 - Monday, Sept. 3
Hart Plaza ~ Woodward Ave. ~ Campus Martius
               All concerts FREE!
The world's largest free jazz festival returns an emphasis on Detroit jazz musicians.
Global artist headliners add extraordinary impact with varied style, instrumentation,
and (all-star) collaboration in select group formats. 
Special commission pieces by acclaimed composer-arrangers aims to inject colorful contrast
in thematic warmth plus a curatorial approach.  Be there!

DJF Schedule
Download the DJF jazzfest schedule (PDF) -here-.

DJF Headliners
*  Sonny Rollins
Terence Blanchard
Fred Hersch Trio
Chick Corea / Gary Burton with the Harlem Strings
Pat Metheny Unity Band with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams
Wynton Marsalis Quintet
Wayne Shorter Quartet with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
Marcus Belgrave's Homecoming Band feat Louis Hayes, Curtis Fuller, Marion Hayden,
        Harvey Thompson

A Tribute to Art Blakey: Terence Blanchard, Curtis Fuller, Jean Toussant, Peter Washington,  
        Lewis Nash, Geoff Keezer

Charles McPherson with Tom Harrell
Donald Harrison Quintet
Steve Wilson with Strings (featuring music from 'Bird with Strings')
Tia Fuller's Angelic Warrior Album Release Party
Lew Tabackin Quartet featuring Randy Brecker
Jerry Gonzalez y El Comando de la Clave
Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet
Poncho Sanchez
Brian Lynch's Unsung Heroes
Kenny Garrett Quintet

Detroit Divas 'Sing, Sing, Sing'
Shahida Nurullah - Ursula Walker - Judy Coachill
August 24, 2012; 7pm - Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe
$30 advance VIP seating; $15 advance general admission; $20 at gate

Ford House aerial view
With the beautiful historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford House serving as the backdrop, generations young and old come together to honor the jazz vocal traditions born of the big-band swing era. Accompanied by the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, three Detroit divas (Shahida Nurullah, Ursula Walker and Judy Coachill) each highlight their unique vocal talents with selections of jazz standards from the American songbook.

The winner of Detroit Jazz Festival's Youth Jazz Vocalist Competition and the J.C. Heard All-Star Youth Ensemble, selected from outstanding students during July's JazzWeek @Wayne (Wayne State University), demonstrate how the legacy of jazz has been preserved through the years.

Ford House front entranceEdsel
Ford House meadow
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Eleanor Ford House - lawn concertEdsel & Eleanor Ford House -lake

Bowling Green State University Jazz Singers
Showtime: 12:15 - 1:15pm / Saturday, September 1, 2012
Absopure Pyramid Stage -Hart Plaza, Detroit Jazz Festival

As the lone vocal jazz group at
Detroit Jazz Festival, the BGSU Jazz Singers will feature a 12-16 member vocal jazz ensemble and an instrumental combo.  They typically perform the music of vocal groups such as Manhattan Transfer, Singers Unlimited, and New York Voices, besides arrangements written for them. In their 12th season in Bowling Green, Ohio, the band is directed by BGSU jazz guitar professor Chris Buzzelli.

Band members for the Detroit Jazz Festival appearance will include seniors Ellen Barry, Kate Kooser, Beau Hamann, plus underclassmen Melody Gelsone, Kat Nutt, Emily Holshoe, Alexa Kalasz, Ted Garey, Corey Howe, Seth Ungemach, and Joey Fox.

Green State University Jazz Singers
The BGSU Jazz Singers have performed at the Jazz Education Network National Conference, the Tri-C Vocal Jazz Festival (Cleveland), the Gold Company Vocal Jazz Festival (Kalamazoo), the Ohio Music Educator's Conference (Columbus), and Wildwood Manor House at Toledo's Wildwood Reserve MetroPark. They have also hosted celebrated vocal clinicians such as Kim Nazarian, Peter Eldridge, and Carol Welsman.

The annual Bowling Green State University/New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp in July features the BGSU Jazz Singers as host and the week-long special event
attracts participants from all over the United States, plus Europe, Japan and South Africa.

Detroit Jazz Festival National Saxophone Competition Finals
Thursday, August 9, 2012; 6:30pm, Dirty Dog Jazz Café, 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe (no cover)
Friday, August 10, 2012; 9:30pm, Cliff Bell's, 2030 Park Ave. Detroit ($10 cover)

Detroit Jazz Festival (DJF) launches a brand new venture this year with the DJF National Saxophone Competition Finals taking off this week (Thursday-Friday) at two renowned jazz clubs, the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe, and Cliff Bell's in downtown Detroit.  The goal:  to discover the next generation of sax-bred youths primed with promising talent.  Musicians (age 32 and under) from around the nation entered a summer competition to earn one of three coveted places in the finals.  The judges are each recognized jazz stars and/or educators themselves, notably, DJF artistic director and saxophonist Chris Collins (Wayne State University jazz studies director), DJF artist-in-residence and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and Detroit saxophonists George Benson and Ernie Rodgers.

Thursday's competition features the three finalists paired with the Tad Weed Trio.  Friday's showdown travels to Cliff Bell's in a special jam session with the Gary Schunk Trio.  Panel judges will give out cash rewards of $1,000 to two runners-up and a $2,000 grand prize to the finals winner, who also nets a performance slot at Hart Plaza performing with the Detroit Jazz Festival All-Star Quartet during jazzfest Labor Day weekend.

6th Annual JazzWeek at Wayne - July 23-27, 2012
Wayne State University, Detroit
Campus Martius Concert, July 27, 2012; 11:30am
Downtown Detroit
JC Heard
Jazz Week at Wayne
The Detroit Jazz Festival Community Series presented The J.C. Heard JazzWeek at Wayne for high school musicians July 23-27, 2012.  Classes were held daily in the Old Main building at Wayne State University and taught by WSU jazz faculty, DJF guest artists and community musicians.  Accepted students received a full scholarship to the program.

On Friday, July 27, all JazzWeek students performed a lunchtime concert at Campus Martuis Park in downtown Detroit.  Select students will also perform in the JazzWeek @Wayne All-Star Youth Ensemble on the main stage at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Fest during Labor Day weekend (note: schedule to be announced soon).

Week@Wayne Stage, Campus Martius Park,
Detroit downtown Detroit

Beginning in 2007, the Wayne State University Department of Music embarked on a long-term partnership with the Detroit Jazz Festival, serving as their Educational Advisor. JazzWeek at Wayne, one result of this collaboration, is a one-week workshop that provides forty high school students with an intensive and rewarding jazz education. All participants, selected from surrounding high schools, are awarded full scholarships to attend the program. 
JazzWeek at Wayne, a historic initiative for Detroit, combines the artistic and educational forces of two jazz entities, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Wayne State University Department of Music. The Detroit Jazz Festival, a long-time supporter of jazz education, and WSU committed to this innovative collaboration that supports the area's talented young musicians.
Guided by WSU's faculty and guest artists from the area and the Detroit Jazz Festival, students study jazz
JazzWeek@Wayne class session,
Wayne State University, Detroitimprovisation, theory and ensemble playing. They work in master class settings, jam sessions and small and large ensemble rehearsals with WSU Jazz Faculty Chris Collins (Professor and Director of Jazz Studies and Artistic Director of the Detroit Jazz Festival), Russ Miller (Assistant Professor and Educational Director of Jazz Week) and Rob Pipho (instrumental jazz and improvisation).
JazzWeek at Wayne culminates in two public performances. All JazzWeek participants will perform in a lunch time concert at Campus Martius Park on Friday, July 27, 2012, 11:30-1:30. Outstanding Jazz Week students will be selected for a position in the Detroit Jazz Festival All-Star Youth Ensemble, which was announced at the July 27 performance. The All-Star Youth Ensemble will perform on a main stage at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival during Labor Day weekend.

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