Jazz Fest 2011: Around the world, out in space


There was a hint of things to come back in January when the Detroit Jazz Festival crew let out a few preliminary names for the 2011 festival, names like Davie Holland, Vijay Iyer, Ivan Lins, Amina Figarova, and triple-dose vocal collaboration of Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright (saluting Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta). With a theme of “We Bring You the World,” the artists represented Brits, Africans, Brazilians, Azerbaijanians and a couple of stripes of Americans.

But the more extensive roster made public Tuesday is breathtaking in its breadth. Among the new names: Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo, Warren Wolf and WOLFPAC, Anat Cohen, the Joe Lovano Us Five, Paquito D’Rivera, the New Gary Burton Quartet, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet. There’s old school R&B with Chuck Jackson and new school with Rahsaan Patterson. There’s the funk of Mandrill.

There are nods to the Detroit tradition with Regina Carter Reverse Thread, Curtis Fuller and tributes to the Jean Goldkette and J.C. Heard Orchestras.

Oh, yeah, and in addition to the United Nations of performers (the new additions, add Cuba, Israel, Belgium, Japan and other pins to the festival map), the festival goes off-planet with the Sun Ra Arkestra.

It’s free and over the Labor Day weekend, now for the 32nd time. See the full lineup to date at detroitjazzfest.com.




We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.