Detroit Jazz Fest 2020 Lineup Announced

The Detroit Jazz Festival has announced the lineup for the Labor Day weekend (September 4–7) festival, the largest free jazz festival anywhere. The coronavirus forced the festival to make the announcement only online this year. Let us hope the virus will be long gone by the time the festival rolls around.

The 2020 Artist-in-Residence is vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater (left), who will appear on opening night with the Woodshed Network Ladies and the rest of the weekend in various constellations. Her duo with the marvelous pianist Bill Charlap should be interesting. Bridgewater was born in Memphis but grew up in Flint, so this is a homecoming of sorts for her.

Other noteworthy acts in the lineup are Herbie Hancock (opening night), pianist Kenny Barron and his trio, saxman Pharaoh Sanders, vocalist Kurt Elling with his big band featuring Bridgewater, South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, saxophonist Anat Cohen and her tentet, a tribute to Dave Brubeck by his sons, a tribute to Charlie Parker by altoist Rudresh Mahanthappa and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, clarinetist Eddie Daniels and pianist Bob James (University of Michigan grad), and sensational vocalist Gregory Porter.
For more information, please go to detroitjazzfest.org.