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August 11, 2017





Detroit has definitely produced many important and influential drummers in the world of Jazz. These include everyone from Elvin Jones, known for his 6 year stint with John Coltrane’s Quartet in the 1960s to J.C. Heard who worked during the big band, be bop and post-bop era with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon and other big name style-makers. The powerful Roy Brooks was very prolific during the 1960’s-1980’s working with Max Roach, Yusef Lateef, Charles Mingus and several years with Horace Silver’s band.



More recently Detroit drummer Gerald Cleaver has made a name for himself backing up such highly acclaimed creative artists as Matthew Shipp, Wadada Leo Smith, Chris Taborn and others.



Another Detroit born drummer who’s been getting a lot of attention while playing with a multitude of genres is Karriem Riggins who was just named “Featured Artist” of the Detroit Jazz Festival’s newly created “Untitled Series” which promises to deliver an inclusive, eclectic style of Jazz to attract a broader, more diverse audience.


This well-rounded musician is also a hip hop producer, DJ and much more. His latest album is “Headnod Suite” which came out earlier this year on Stones Throw records and was reviewed and recommended on our Jazz Notes blog.






Karriem Riggins’s 2017 release “Headnod Suite”




Born on August 25, 1975, Riggins began learning a lot about music at a young age from his father Emmanuel Riggins who was also a musician.



He soon began producing hip hop in middle school and at Southfield High where he also studied music. At 17 he joined bebop vocalist Betty Carter’s band and two years later moved to New York to play with the Ray Brown Trio in 1988.



These are some impressive folks for a young artist, such as Karriem, to perform with. It showed early on just how much talent he had to offer and it also showed how adaptable he was with playing so many different kinds of music and artiists. This paved the way for him to continue playing with a diverse list of artists to this day.



This includes Paul McCartney, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, Roy Hargrove, Theo Croker, Diana Krall, Common, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Detroit poet/performance artist Jessica Care Moore and many others.






As the “Untitled Series” Featured Artist, Riggins will participate in two “Music with a Purpose” performances over Labor Day Weekend – one with Common and a special guest and the other with Esperanza Spalding in a unique duo performance.



2017 “Untitled Series” Featured Artist: Karriem Riggins Live featuring Common and Special Guest – Music with a Purpose will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, on the JPMorgan Chase Main Stage. This musical journey will take fans on a ride through music from Common’s repertoire with heavy elements of freestyle.






Photo: Stones


2017 Untitled Featured Artist: Karriem Riggins Live with Special Guest Esperanza Spalding – Music with a Purpose is the final act in “The Untitled Series” and takes place at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4, on the Absopure Water Front Stage. This collaboration will be fused with loops and soulful interludes and is an improvisational experiment that only can be seen live at the Detroit Jazz Festival.



The rest of “The Untitled Series” and their performances are as follows:
• Miles Mosley + The West Coast Get Down; 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 p.m. on Saturday on the JPMorgan Chase Main Stage
• Theo Croker Escape Velocity; 3:45 p.m. on Saturday on the Absopure Water Front Stage
• Donny McCaslin Group; 4 p.m. on Saturday on the JPMorgan Chase Main Stage
• Cameron Graves; 3:15 p.m. on Sunday on the Carhartt Amphitheater Stage
• Kamasi Washington; 8 p.m. on Sunday on the JPMorgan Chase Main Stage
• 2017 Artist-in-Residence Quintet: Wayne Shorter, Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington; 9:15 p.m. on Sunday on the Carhartt Amphitheater Stage



“Being from Detroit, I’ve always been an admirer of the Jazz Festival and its support of the music in the city,” said Riggins. “I am extremely honored to be a part of such an incredible Series that I feel adds diversity to what is already the most amazing jazz festival in the world.”



For more information on the Festival, including the performance schedule go to





Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM.



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