33rd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival: Lineup and Dates


The 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival, the world's largest free jazz festival, will feature the most celebrated names in jazz including: Sonny Rollins; Wynton Marsalis Quintet; Pat Metheny Unity Band featuring Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, and Ben Williams; Chick Corea and Gary Burton with the Harlem String Quartet; and the Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade.

Additionally, New Orleans-native and trumpeter Terence Blanchard will serve as the 2012 Artist-in-Residence, performing with his quartet as well as curating a special Art Blakey Tribute, featuring Peter Washington, Lewis Nash, Geoffrey Keezer and Curtis Fuller, among other appearances.

The Detroit Jazz Festival is largest free jazz festival in North America. Attendees, in addition to artists, come from all over the world, with 23 percent of the festival audience coming from outside of Michigan. The festival has an economic impact of tens of millions of dollars, contributing greatly to the city of Detroit. The festival also was recently voted the number two jazz festival in North America in a reader's poll by JazzTimes, the world's leading jazz publication.

The Detroit Jazz Festival, now in its 33rd year, takes place August 31-September 3 in Hart Plaza, downtown Detroit. This year's official poster, a sought after collector's piece, was created by artist Douglas Tocco, who has been designing since 1991 and has also created posters for the Detroit International Auto Show and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Click here to see this listing in our festival guide


  • Sonny Rollins
  • Wynton Marsalis Quintet
  • Pat Metheny Unity Band with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez and Ben Williams
  • Chick Corea, Gary Burton with the Harlem String Quartet
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade
  • Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet : Sound Prints Featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron
  • Terence Blanchard Quartet
  • Art Blakey Tribute (Terence Blanchard, Musical Director) With Peter Washington, Lewis Nash, Geoffrey Keezer and Curtis Fuller
  • Lew Tabackin Quartet featuring Randy Brecker
  • Bird with Strings Revisited featuring Steve Wilson
  • Fred Hersch Trio
  • Charles McPherson / Tom Harrell Quintet
  • Jerry Bergonzi Quintet
  • Donald Harrison Quintet
  • Bernard Purdie, Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr. (formerly known as The God Fathers of Groove) with special guest Donald Harrison
  • Donny McCaslin Group featuring Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre and Mark Guiliana
  • A Night in Treme (The Musical Majesty of New Orleans) featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/ Charlie Gabriel, Christian Scott, James (Twelve) Andrews and Donald Harrison Jr. Brian Lynch and Unsung Heros
  • Mack Ave. Super-Band with Kevin Eubanks, Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Alfredo Rodriguez and more
  • The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington – David Berger, Conductor, 100 voice Detroit Choir, Big Band, Vocal Soloists
  • Jerry Gonzalez Y Los Comando De Clave
  • Poncho Sanchez Chano y Dizzy
  • Papo Vazquez Pirate Troubadours
  • Arturo O'Farrill Septet wsg Donald Harrison
  • Ellery Eskelin Trio
  • The Trio: Peter Bernstein,Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart
  • Kenny Garrett Quartet
  • Louis Hayes Quartet
  • Rick Margitza Quartet
  • Harvey Thompson and Friends
  • Walter White Ensemble
  • Wayne State Univ. Big Band with Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano and new works by Michael Abene
  • Marcus Belgrave Homecoming Band – Featuring, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Garrett, Geri Allen, Marion Hayden,and Louis Hayes
  • Charlie Gabriel 80th Birthday Celebration with special guests
  • David Binney Quartet
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant
  • Gregoire Quartet
  • Ursula Walker/Buddy Budson Ensemble
  • Gerald Cleaver and Uncle June
  • Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
  • Gary Schunk Electric Fusion Trio

  • http://www.detroitjazzfest.com

    [Published on: 6/8/12]

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