2021 Detroit Jazz Festival to feature Wayne State Department of Music faculty, students and alumni
The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage is set to kick off virtually Friday, Sept. 3. The annual four-day event is the largest free premiere jazz fest in the world.
Audiences from around the world can enjoy 40+ hours of live jazz performances from custom soundstages in Detroit. Last year's broadcast reached nearly 1 million unique viewers in 32 countries and received awards and accolades nationally and internationally.
This year's Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater will headline multiple performances, including an opening set with the Woodshed Network Ladies and a closing night performance with her all-female big band. A variety of Wayne State University's Department of Music faculty, students and alumni will also be featured during the event:
Saturday, Sept. 4:
Omar Sosa and the Havana-Detroit Jazz Project: 5:10-6:15 p.m.
Kurt Elling's "The Big Blind": 6:55-8:55 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5:
Scott Gwinell Jazz Orchestra: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 6:
Keyon Harrold with the Collegiate Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra: 1:40-2:50 p.m.
"I am so proud of the annual Wayne State presence at the Detroit Jazz Festival! Students, faculty and alumni can be heard throughout the 2021 four-day world-class event," said Department of Music Professor and Detroit Jazz Festival President and Artistic Director Chris Collins. "It is a powerful display of the unique connectivity between WSU and Detroit's premiere jazz event."
Jazz enthusiasts can view or listen to performances for free in a number of ways, including the festival's social media channels and website; public radio and TV stations; and the DetroitJazzFest LIVE! app.
For this year's schedule, international lineup and details about the event, please visit detroitjazzfest.org.