• Postscripts from Detroit

    September 10, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    FloatWBGO's Eulis Cathey says .. I had the pleasure during the weekend's activities to be an emcee, and present some of the music's finest. Two of those events happened at the Mack Avenue Pyramid stage - a cozy, intimate amphitheatre named for one of the Festival's major sponsors, the Detroit-based jazz label Mack Avenue Records. On a brisk Saturday night at the stage, Mike LeDonne on the Hammond B3 organ led a smoking set that relly warmed things up, with Eric Alexander on tenor sax, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Joe Farnsworth on drums. Then on Monday afternoon, another treat: the newly reassembled group Horizon, first organized over 20 years ago, with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Victor Lewis. They had the crowd clamoring for more, as they performed a scintillating set, with all members bringing their "A" game. It was all part of another great weekend of jazz at the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival.

    Jim DiFeo writes .. We arrived home and we are slowly returning to reality after a wonderful weekend of JAZZ. Yesterday [Monday] we saw the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band followed by the Branford Marsalis Band who gave an outstanding performance. Christian McBride sat in with the Marsalis band for the song "In the Crease," which was a real treat. Next we thoroughly enjoyed Allen Toussaint as he took the audience on a trip through his life as a songwriter and his life in New Orleans. Toussaint is an amazing talent. Lastly, we caught the tail end of the Manhatten Transfer set with a big band conducted by Gerald Wilson. It does not get much better than the Manhattan Transfer (who swing like no one else) wrapping up the best JAZZ festival in the US. The weekend was a wonderful experience. Many thanks!

  • Listen to WBGO GOES TO DETROIT here

    September 7, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Hour One - Danilo Perez Quartet with Rudresh Mahanthappa ... Gary Smulyan's tribute to Pepper Adams (1930-1986) with Barry Harris, "Hot Pepper"

    Hour Two - Hot Club of Detroit ... Tia Fuller Quartet ... Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Barron

    Hour Three - Mulgrew Miller and Wingspan

    Hour Four - Tia Fuller ... Danilo Perez ... Hot Club of Detroit


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  • Detroit Jazz Fest in Photos: Manhattan Transfer

    September 7, 2010. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    The ever-popular and golden-voiced Manhattan Transfer helped close out the Labor Day performances at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

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  • WBGO trip winner Jim DiFeo loves Detroit

    September 7, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    DJF's Chris Harrington, Jim DiFeo, Mike DiFeo

    Jim and his son Michael of Union, NJ, arrived in Detroit on Friday. The awesome Chris Harrington, DJF Director of Marketing, is one of the first people they met. On Sunday morning, Jim wrote . . .

    Both Michael and I are having a great time and the shows have been super. Friday evening we saw Take  6 with Mulgrew Miller and also Tower of Power; both were very good shows. Yesterday we attended the following shows: Tia Fuller (Outstanding); her band was also incredible. She is a rising star. Danilo Perez (outstanding), Fabulous Thunderbirds, Pat Bianchi Trio and closed the night out with The Mike LeDonne Quartet who were awesome. Mike LeDonne had some of NY's finest in the quartet such as Peter Bernstein on guitar, Eric Alexander on Tenor and Joe Farnsworth on  drums.

    And one day later, he continued . . . It is now Monday the last day of the festival and we are having a great time. Yesterday we we saw Matt Wilson with the Detroit Symphony Civic Jazz Orch, and the Maria Schneider Orch, who were very moving with their set. We also saw the great Ernie Andrews who is an amazing performer. I cannot believe the energy that Ernie has at his age. Lastly we saw Christian McBride, Benny Green & Karriem Wiggins perform a tribute to the late, great Ray Brown. This performance was the highlight of the day.

    Allen Toussaint on the big screen

    Today Michael and I will be doing a lot of running and juggling shows so that we can see the ever youthful and amazing Roy Haynes and then Branford Marsalis, Manhattan Transfer with Mr. Gerald Wilson, Kurt Elling, and Mr. Allen Toussaint.What a line-up and what a way to wrap up the festival. Michael & I have met a lot of nice people here at the festival. The people of Detroit are very friendly and have made us feel very welcome. Everyone from WBGO has made us feel welcome. We really appreciate that we were selected to come to this festival and we will never forget it. WBGO is the BEST radio station in WORLD.

  • Detroit Jazz Fest in Photos: Gerald Wilson

    September 7, 2010. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    It's been said that years ago, training was so rigorous at Cass Tech High School in Detroit that students graduating received the equivalent of Masters-degree training today. Trumpeter and bandleader Gerald Wilson was one of those students. Last year he wrote a musical suite for Detroit. This year he directed the Detroit Civic Jazz Orchestra in a rousing performance.

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