Detroit Jazz Festival Announces First Acts for 2022 – The Oakland Press

The Detroit Jazz Festival has announced the initial lineup for its 2022 edition, its first to be held in person since 2019.

The festival will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. Artist-in-Residence Chucho Valdes will perform three times, including a presentation of his work “The Creation” with the Yoruban Orchestra and others to open the event.

Other performers include the Bill Frisell Trio, Jose James, Ranky Tank, Dianne Reeves, John Schofield and the New Orleans Groove Masters. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Performances will also be streamed live for free via

The lineup was announced Saturday night, April 30, during a live preview event from the upcoming Gretechen C. Valade Jazz Center on the campus of Wayne State University.

The initial range includes:

Friday, September 2

  • Chucho Valdés “The Creation” with the Yoruban Orchestra, Hilario Duràn & John Beasley, musical directors, The extraordinary summary of an extraordinary career
  • soul rebels

Saturday September 3

  • The New Orleans Groove Masters with Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis & Shannon Powell
  • Roosevelt Necklace
  • Julien Lage
  • Harriet Tubman with Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs and JT Lewis
  • Donny McCaslin
  • Ranky Tanky with a very special guest, Ms. Lisa Fischer
  • Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
  • Threesome Vijay Iyer
  • Abdallah 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
  • Jose James presents Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow
  • Antonio Sánchez & Bad Hombre with Thana Alexa, BIGYUKI & 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 & Joe Lovano

Monday, September 5

  • Theo Croker – LOVE QUANTUM with Gary Bartz
  • Ethan Iverson Trio (with Larry Grenadier and Nasheet Waits)
  • Diane Reeves

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