• 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!

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