George Benson headlines Detroit Jazz Festival

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Organizers announced details of the 37th annual Detroit Jazz Festival at a luncheon Tuesday at the Detroit Athletic Club.

As previously revealed, jazz guitarist and songwriter George Benson will be one of the headliners, and double bassist and jazz legend Ron Carter will be the artist-in-residence. The Detroit native will perform four times: as a nonet, a trio, quartet and with a big band.

The outdoor festival is Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5 at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius. The free event has four stages total.

Besides Carter, several other artists with Detroit ties will play as part of the Homecoming Series Performances, including David Weiss and Point of Departure celebrating the music of Kenn Cox and Charles Moore, Stanley Cowell Quintet, PUBLIQuartet, Kirk Lightsey and Louis Hayes and Charlie Gabriel Quartet.

Other big acts include John Scofield’s new trio with Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana and Freddy Cole and the Detroit Jazz Festival String Orchestra performing a tribute to Nat and Natalie Cole.

More acts confirmed to perform include:

Roy Hargrove with Strings, The RH Factor, Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, Chris Potter Underground Orchestra, Randy Weston’s African Rhythms & the Wayne State University Big Band, Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, Jason Moran Bandwagon Trio, Roberta Gambarini and Jimmy Heath, Marcus Roberts Modern Jazz Generation, Luciana Souza, Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, Harold López-Nussa, The Soul Rebels, John Abercrombie Organ Trio, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Gregoire Maret & the Inner Voice Ensemble, Charnée Wade, Herlin Riley Quintet, and United States Air Force Airmen of Note.

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