Detroit Jazz Festival 2010

Postscripts from Detroit

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!

Labor Day Special: WBGO Goes to Detroit

Beginning this afternoon at 2pm, Rhonda Hamilton hosts a four hour special from the Detroit Jazz Festival. Don't miss the music, and look at the photos on the WBGO page at flickr.com

2pm HOUR

Danilo Perez Quartet - Perez, piano; Ben Street, bass; Adam Cruz, drums; Rogerio Boccato, percussion, and "a new partner in crime" Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto sax
MC Rhonda Hamilton

Daniela (all by Perez)
Untitled
Providencia

"Hot Pepper," a tribute to Detroit baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams (1930-86), from Gary Smulyan with Barry Harris, piano; David Wong, bass; Rodney Green, drums
MC Ed Love, WDET

My Shining Hour (featuring riverboat whistle) (Harold Arlen)
Bossa Nouveau (Pepper Adams)
Cottontail (Duke Ellington)

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3pm HOUR

Hot Club of Detroit - Carl Cafagna, saxophones; Julian Labro, chromatic button accordion and melodica;  Andrew Kratzat, bass; Paul Brady, rhythm guitar; Evan Perri, lead guitar

Duke and Dukie (Django Reinhardt)
Noto Swing (Lulu Reinhardt)
Nostalgia in Times Square (Mingus)
Night Town (Perri & Labro)

Tia Fuller Quartet with Tia on saxophones, Shamie (SHAH-mie) Royston on piano, Mimi Jones on bass, Rudy Royston on drums
MC Josh Jackson

Clear Mind (Fuller)
Decisive Steps (Fuller)
Windsoar (Fuller)

Kenny Barron (left piano) and Mulgrew Miller (right piano)
Four (Miles Davis)

4pm HOUR

Mulgrew Miller and Wingspan - Miller, piano; Steve Wilson, saxophones; Dwayne Eubanks, trumpet and flugelhorn; Steve Nelson, vibes; Ivan Taylor, bass; Rodney Green, drums
MC Rhonda Hamilton

Wingspan (for Charlie Parker, by Miller)
Waltz for Monk (Donald Brown)
Farewell to Dogma (Miller)
When I Get There (Miller)
Eleventh Hour (Miller)

5pm HOUR

Tia Fuller Quartet
Kissed by the Sun (Fuller)
I Can't Get Started (Vernon Duke)
Shades of McBride (Fuller)

Danilo Perez Quartet
Besame Mucho (Consuelo Velázquez)
Cobilla (Perez)

Hot Club of Detroit
Two Weeks (Labro & Perri)

Listen to WBGO GOES TO DETROIT here

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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Hour One

MC Rhonda Hamilton
Danilo Perez Quartet - Perez, piano; Ben Street, bass; Adam Cruz, drums; Rogerio Boccato, percussion, and "a new partner in crime" Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto sax
Daniela (all by Perez)
Untitled
Providencia

MC Ed Love, WDET
"Hot Pepper," a tribute to Detroit baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams (1930-86), from Gary Smulyan with Barry Harris, piano; David Wong, bass; Rodney Green, drums
My Shining Hour (featuring riverboat whistle) (Harold Arlen)
Bossa Nouveau (Pepper Adams)
Cottontail (Duke Ellington)

Hour Two

Hot Club of Detroit - Carl Cafagna, saxophones; Julian Labro, chromatic button accordion and melodica;  Andrew Kratzat, bass; Paul Brady, rhythm guitar; Evan Perri, lead guitar
Duke and Dukie (Django Reinhardt)
Noto Swing (Lulu Reinhardt)
Nostalgia in Times Square (Mingus)
Night Town (Perri)

MC Josh Jackson
Tia Fuller Quartet with Tia on saxophones, Shamie (SHAH-mie) Royston on piano, Mimi Jones on bass, Rudy Royston on drums
Clear Mind (Fuller)
Decisive Steps (Fuller)
Windsoar (Fuller)

Kenny Barron (left piano) and Mulgrew Miller (right piano)
Four (Miles Davis)

Hour Three

MC Rhonda Hamilton
Mulgrew Miller and Wingspan - Miller, piano; Steve Wilson, saxophones; Dwayne Eubanks, trumpet and flugelhorn; Steve Nelson, vibes; Ivan Taylor, bass; Rodney Green, drums
Wingspan (for Charlie Parker, by Miller)
Waltz for Monk (Donald Brown)
Farewell to Dogma (Miller)
When I Get There (Miller)
Eleventh Hour (Miller)

Hour Four

Tia Fuller Quartet
Kissed by the Sun (Fuller)
I Can't Get Started (Vernon Duke)
Shades of McBride (Fuller)

Danilo Perez Quartet
Besame Mucho (Consuelo Velázquez)
Cobilla (Perez)

Hot Club of Detroit
Two Weeks (Labro & Perri)

WBGO trip winner Jim DiFeo loves Detroit

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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.

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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: Masters of Music Trombones

It's not often you see six trombonists on stage together. Ron Kischuck is a Detroit local who's organized Detroit's finest jazz trombonists in a tribute to the trombone sounds of J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding.

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Detroit Jazz Fest in Photos: two piano Masters

Detroit Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence Mulgrew Miller paired with NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron for a duo performance at the Carhartt Amphitheater. The pianos looked dwarfed on the huge stage, but the sound filled the venue!

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Detroit Jazz Fest in Photos: Trio M

There are few other groups that radiate such a sense of pure joy as Trio M: Myra Melford, Mark Dresser and Matt Wilson.

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Detroit Jazz Fest in Photos: Roy Haynes

The always youthful (at age 85!) Roy Haynes brought his Fountain of Youth band to the Festival.

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Detroit Jazz Fest in Photos: Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling had tough competition, with Roy Haynes playing just across the plaza. But the audience was full and he drew in more and more as the set went on - a testament to his unmatched skills in the vocal jazz area.

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Detroit Jazz Fest in Photos: Branford Marsalis

All artists at the Detroit Jazz Festival receive an emcee'd introduction before going on stage. Not that Branford needed one, but his was flowing and passionate to the extent that it left the saxophonist at a loss for words when we came to the mic. Rather than speaking, he said quietly, let's just play some music.

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