This Labor Day Weekend some of the best jazz musicians from around the globe are heading to Michigan for the four-day 32nd Detroit Jazz Festival. With a diverse lineup of artists including Gary Burton, Dave Holland, Vijay Iyer, Joe Lovano and many more, the Detroit Jazz Fest should prove to be one of the best free jazz festivals in the country. That’s right, I said it: free! The festival itself is subtitled “We Bring You The World,” emphasizing the festival’s intention of celebrating the presence of jazz throughout the world as well as the importance of Detroit as a jazz destination.
The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation is a non-profit organization that has provided free educational workshops and concerts since it was founded in 2006. In order to help the foundation continue providing high-quality concerts for free and maintain the presence of jazz in Detroit, VIP tickets and donation packages are available on the festival’s website. The festival’s five stages will occupy downtown Detroit around Hart Plaza and will also offer instrumental workshops and meet-the-artist sessions in the Jazz Talk Tent. In addition to bringing a high-caliber lineup of superstar musicians together, the festival aims to provide a spotlight for local musicians including pairing various developing high school and college ensembles with their own heavyweight idols. With the support of various local and national organizations, the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival should make for a memorable weekend of music as it reflects the growing success of the culturally essential Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation.