Detroit International Jazz Festival

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Detroit International Jazz Festival
Detroit Jazz Festival Logo.jpg
Logo for the Detroit Jazz Festival
Genre Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul
Dates Labor Day Weekend
August 31 - September 3, 2012
Location(s) Detroit, Michigan
Years active 1980 to present
Founded by Robert McCabe, Detroit Renaissance
Detroit Jazz Festival
The Manhattan Transfer Performing at the Detroit International Jazz Festival on September 6, 2010

The Detroit International Jazz Festival (also known as the Detroit Jazz Festival) is a jazz music festival held each year over Labor Day Weekend at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.. It is the largest free jazz festival in the World![citation needed] Until 2000, it was known as the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival. The festival again changed names in 2005, becoming the Detroit International Jazz Festival after Ford Motor Company removed its sponsorship. In January 2006, Gretchen Valade, Chairman of Mack Avenue Records founded the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation, which took over production and management of the festival.[1]

Notable past performers have included Dave Brubeck, Mulgrew Miller, The Manhattan Transfer, Paquito d'Rivera, Dave Holland, Regina Carter, Take 6, and Tower of Power. 2012 performers include Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny and Joe Lovano.[2]

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  1. ^ "Detroit Jazz Festival History". Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  2. ^ "Detroit Jazz Festival announces '12 lineup". Retrieved 2012-04-04. 

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