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December 19, 2018






Just look at that crowd! The Carhartt Amphitheater Stage at the Detroit Jazz Festival presents live Jazz at no charge to nearly a quarter of a million people each year. This makes Jazz accessible to everyone!  Photo: WEMU-FM


Detroit’s Jazz scene is thriving in part, due to more generous support from the arts community. This includes not only more gifts from individuals but also more from non-profit organizations and foundations that are making Jazz a priority. They keep the Jazz community humming with their continued financial and promotional assistance.


The Kresge Foundation, The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation, The Gretchen Valade Endowment for the Arts, The Knight Foundation, The Erb Foundation, The Lyon Foundation, and The Judd Family Endowment for the Arts among others, are major contributors. Organizations that support Jazz education, and performance opportunities include the Creative Many (formerly Art Serve of Michigan), Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Midtown Detroit, Inc.


As many of you already know, Detroit’s top Jazz lover and supporter is Gretchen Valade. This past year she has been working to expand the Jazz program at Wayne State University. The Detroit Free Press wrote: (February 4, 2018) that her gift to the University had grown to $9.5 million in 2018.


“Gretchen Valade’s ambitions for jazz in Detroit only seem to grow and grow.Now the jazz-loving philanthropist — among the most generous individual patrons of Detroit arts — is donating another $2 million to Wayne State University’s jazz program, on top of a $7.5 million commitment she announced in December 2015.”
“The latest gift from the 92-year-old Carhartt heiress will help convert the basement at the Hilberry Theatre into a performance space to be called the Jazz Underground, part of a bigger $65 million project that aims to strengthen the university’s cultural footprint in the blossoming Midtown district.”
“That includes the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center, a name announced in tandem with her 2015 pledge, which will convert the existing Hilberry on Cass Avenue into a music venue with seating capacity of 400, acoustics geared for live jazz, and broadcast capabilities. A new theater will be built nearby to house WSU’s nationally renowned repertory company.”


Local non-profit public radio stations provide valuable media exposure through locally hosted Jazz shows and live local broadcasts.


Radio is still the most effective way to expose people to music. Although, Jazz formats dwindled considerably both nationally and locally in recent years, Jazz still appears on the Detroit radio dial on a number of stations: WRCJ 90.9FM, CBC 89.9FM, WDET 101.9FM, CJAM 99.1FM and WEMU 89.1FM.


“Three new Jazz performance outlets are the Carr Center in downtown’s Harmonie Park. Aligned with the Arts League of Michigan, it provides on-going educational and performance opportunities on a weekly basis.”


Trinosophes near Eastern Market presents local and international artists who perform cutting edge contemporary and world Jazz. WTVS’s highly acclaimed new weekly show “Detroit Performs” takes us “behind” the music besides connects us to local Jazz musicians and events.


Area festivals and series with a strong Jazz component include the Detroit Jazz Festival, the DIA’s “Friday Night Live!” series, the Concert of Colors at Orchestra Hall, the DSO’s Paradise Jazz series, the Jazz series at the Music Hall Center/Jazz Cafe, Ann Arbor’s UMS series, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.


There’s also no shortage of Jazz clubs in Detroit where one can find live Jazz seven nights a week. The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe is proud to be considered one of the best Jazz clubs in the world with its stellar line up of artists it presents on a weekly basis.


Detroiters are fortunate to have a loyal team of cultural organizations and Jazz advocates who add so much to the success of our world-renowned music reputation and cultural environment in which Jazz plays a vital role.


Of course, the largest and most important group of Detroit Jazz Heroes is the audience itself – one of the most appreciative and supportive Jazz audiences in the world. Thank you Detroit.


Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a trained 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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