2022 Detroit Jazz Festival to feature Wayne State Department of Music faculty, students and alumni

The 2022 Detroit Jazz Festival is returning this weekend September 2-5 in person and online. The annual four-day event is the largest free premiere jazz fest in the world. Audiences from around the world can enjoy 40+ hours of live jazz performances from custom soundstages in Detroit.

A variety of Wayne State University's Department of Music faculty, students and alumni will also be featured during the event:

Friday 09/02

  • 6:00- Hart Plaza - Festival Opens with"Shannon Powell and Dr Valades Brass Band" procession- This band is made up of all JC Heard JazzWeek@Wayne Students (In preparation for this performance, the students were coached in this traditional NOLA style by NOLA legend Shannon Powell throughout their JazzWeek in July.
  • 7:00 Carhartt Amphitheater Stage - Artist in Residence Chucho Valdes; "Creation- Big Band Includes Detroit All-Stars led by Chris Collins featuring several WSU Faculty- Also playing at Kennedy Center and Chicago Symph. Hall Oct 16-18, 2022
  • Saturday 09/03

  • 1:30-2:30 Carhartt Amphitheater Stage - WSU Big Band featuring Legacy Artist Alvin Waddles, Cond. Russ Miller
  • Sunday 09/04

  • 12:15- 1:15 Pyramid Stage - JC Heard JazzzWeek@Wayne youth All-Stars,Cond. Chuck Newsome- Students of 2022 JazzWeek
  • 2:00-3:00 Absopure Waterfront Stage- Tom Bartelmay 4 (Tom is the WSU GC Valade Grad. Asst)
  • 5:45-7:00 Pyramid Stage. Tottori-Detroit Reunion Band (Japanese/USA collaboration)- Co-led by Chris Collins and including WSU Jazz Studies Alum, Trevor Lamb on Bass - Also performing in Japan; Oct. 2022
  • Monday 09/05

  • 4:00-5:15, Pyramid Stage- Signal Quartet - Led by Sean Perlmutter (WSU Jazz Studies Alum)
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    Jazz enthusiasts can view or listen to performances for free in a number of ways, including the festival's social media channels and website; public radio and TV stations; and the DetroitJazzFest LIVE! app.

    For this year's schedule, international lineup and details about the event, please visit detroitjazzfest.org.

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