Detroit International Jazz Festival
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Logo for the Detroit Jazz Festival
|Years active||1980 to present|
|Founded by||Robert McCabe, Detroit Renaissance|
|Date(s)||Labor Day Weekend
August 31 - September 3, 2012
|Genre||Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul|
|Website||Detroit Jazz Festival|
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! 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.
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.
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