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  • Rhonda's Detroit Journal - Friday 9.4.09

    September 5, 2009. Posted by Rhonda Hamilton.

    It’s late Friday night, well, early Saturday morning and I’ve just returned from the opening concerts of the Detroit International Jazz Festival! When I first arrived in the Motor City on Monday there was no indication of the grand event that was soon to overtake the downtown area save for a small flashing marquee near our hotel. Within 24 hours the hard working crews began the process of putting up tents and vendor booths, laying cables, barricading streets, erecting stages and testing sound equipment.

    When I interviewed Festival Executive Director Terri Pontremoli yesterday, I asked her what distinguishes the Detroit Fest from other jazz festivals, and she told me it was the special vibe and the people. The fans who come to the Detroit Jazz Festival know and really appreciate the music. As Terri said, “They come to listen.” This is a sentiment I’ve heard echoed several times by long time DJF devotees. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the festival is showcasing Detroit’s rich jazz legacy and lineage…welcoming home such area natives as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Geri Allen, Bennie Maupin, Louis Hayes and Sheila Jordan.

    Keep reading for the details on the rest of the day and a concert photo of Hank Jones. Read more

  • Sideline Entertainment at the Detroit Jazz Festival

    September 4, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    The Second Line Nicky Boy Band - and non height-challenged friends - parades around Campus Martius Park in the downtime between performances at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

    Click here for more photos!

  • Our Cup Runneth Over

    September 4, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Fireworks are scheduled for the second evening of the 2009 Detroit Jazz Festival, but every five minutes at the Campus Martius Square, this water fountain does a magical show that, to my eyes, is very reminiscent of fireworks.