Detroit Jazz Festival 2022 Lineup Highlights Voices Old and New » WDET 101.9 FM

Ryan Patrick Hooper

Detroit Jazz Festival attracts thousands of people each year. For some, it may even feel like a religious experience. This Labor Day weekend, the event is back in person for the first time since 2019.

Here is what we have programming until now:

Friday, September 2

  • Chucho Valdés “The Creation” with the Yoruban Orchestra, Hilario Duràn and John Beasley, musical directors
  • soul rebels

Saturday September 3

  • The New Orleans Groove Masters with Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis and Shannon Powell
  • Roosevelt Necklace
  • Julien Lage
  • Harriet Tubman with Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs and JT Lewis
  • Donny McCaslin
  • Ranky Tanky with special guest Lisa Fischer
  • Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
  • Threesome Vijay Iyer
  • Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya
  • Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band with special guest Marquis Hill

Sunday September 4

  • Bill Frisell Trio with Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston
  • José James presents Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow
  • Antonio Sánchez and Bad Hombre with Thana Alexa, BIGYUKI and Lex Sadler
  • Nubya Garcia
  • Tottori Jazz Generation Band
  • Charles McPherson Quintet with Brian Lynch
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Roberto Fonseca YESUN
  • The flagship project
  • Duets – Dianne Reeves, Chucho Valdés and Joe Lovano

Monday, September 5

  • Theo Croker – LOVE QUANTUM with Gary Bartz
  • Ethan Iverson Trio (with Larry Grenadier and Nasheet Waits)
  • Diane Reeves
  • Artemis with Renee Rosnes, Ingrid Jensen, Nicole Glover, Alexa Tarantino, Noriko Ueda and Allison Miller
  • Three Emmet Cohen
  • “Yankee Go Home” by John Scofield with Vicente Archer, Jon Cowherd and Josh Dion
  • JD Allen Trio
  • Chucho Valdes Quartet

This year, the festival presents its first Cuban artist in residence, Chucho Valdes. Chris Collins, president and artistic director of the festival, explains why the musician was selected for this honor.

“There has to be depth…in the impact they’ve already had and the impact they will have through this residency,” Collins says of the nominees. “And Chucho…brings with him not only this Afro-Cuban background in music, but of course, a jazz life in the United States and Europe, and so many interesting combinations of artists from different genres within jazz and Afro-Cuban. communities”.

Collins says that since the start of the Detroit Jazz Festival broadcast live – reaching nearly 2.5 million viewers in two years – they’re able to connect with audiences they couldn’t reach otherwise.

“We really want to appeal to the world and let them know that everyone – everyone – is invited to this evening of the Detroit Jazz Fest.

In addition to many established artists, the festival also features new voices, such as Nubya Garcia.

“Coming out of the pandemic, we really wanted to cool off,” Collins shares. “We are committed to the art of jazz… and what defines jazz is knowledge and an ability to work, manipulate and develop vocabulary. It takes time to maintain that. And although there are a lot of great artists coming in, I always listen to that underbelly, that foundation of jazz, the tradition of jazz, and then what they do with it, to build on, and the trajectory on which they find themselves. Some of the fresh new artists like Nubya, it’s a very interesting trajectory, and yet [there’s] still attached to the foundation. So hopefully we’re at the start of something special with her.


Listen: Chris Collins, President and Artistic Director of the Detroit Jazz Festival, talks to us about this year’s lineup.


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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper is CultureShift’s award-winning host and producer on NPR station 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit. As a longtime arts and culture journalist and photographer, Hooper has covered stories for NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.

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