• Detroit Jazz - Joshua Redman

    Joshua Redman - 2014 Artist in Residence

    World-renowned jazz musician, Joshua Redman, performed for an intimate crowd at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café earlier this year.

  • The Detroit Jazz Festival is a major cultural institution, providing year-round concerts and educational programming that culminates in one of the world’s premier jazz festivals on Labor Day weekend, September 4 - September 7, 2015. The line-up for this year’s event boasts a diverse group of jazz legends and up-and-coming artists including the 2015 artist in residence, Pat Metheny.

    Now in its 36th year, the festival takes place over several city blocks in downtown Detroit – from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius – with four stages and 100 acts over four days. It also offers educational activities for adults and children, fireworks, late-night jam sessions, rare opportunities to meet the artists and much more. And it’s all FREE.

    The Festival dedicates much of its time throughout the year to educating students and the community about jazz through workshops and Community Series Concerts. Likewise, in an effort to foster artists within the Detroit region, but also beyond, the Festival hosts annual competitions. This year, pianists and arrangers from across the globe submitted their compositions for a chance to perform at the 2014 Festival.

    Jazz enthusiasts from all over the world, nearly 200,000 of them in 2013, flock to the Detroit Jazz Festival resulting in an economic impact of tens of millions of dollars for the city of Detroit and local businesses. With nearly 25% of festival goers coming from out of town, the Festival is a great time to show off the beauty and cultural significance of Detroit. To help keep the city beautiful, the Detroit Jazz Festival partnered with the DTE Energy Foundation to launch the Greening of the Detroit Jazz Festival. This program has reduced the Festival’s carbon footprint by encouraging vendors and attendees to reduce, reuse and recycle.

    For more information on the Detroit Jazz Festival, click here.