September 1, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
It's FREE, downtown, outdoors, celebrating thirty consecutive Labor Day weekends, and in 2009 WBGO is all over it. WBGO fan Shanetta Dorsey of Kent State University won the vacation package for two. WBGO's Dorthaan Kirk is going for the music and the chance to see long-time friends. WBGO's Bob Porter will moderate panel discussions on Cannonball Adderley, the Blue Note-New York-Detroit connection, and the Many Sides of Donald Byrd. It's the Detroit International Jazz Festival.
The 2008 festival theme was the Philly-Detroit Connection. So, to create an image a la the 1958 Great Day in Harlem picture of jazz musicians on a NY stoop, the Festival staged a photo shoot in the vaulted lobby of the Guardian Building, a beautiful old skyscraper. Gerald Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Geri Allen, Yonrico Scott (drummer with Derek Trucks), Professor Dennis Wilson and more represented Detroit. Christian McBride, Randy Brecker, Jimmy and Tootie Heath, and Bootsie Barnes represented Philadelphia. And Steve Turre, who's from neither, chimed in with his pride in the occasion -- "It's a real jazz festival with jazz, not pop music." View the video about the photo, A Great Day in Detroit, below.
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