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August 28, 2019




Here’s our Jazz Notes list of some of the best performances to see and hear at this year’s Detroit Jazz Festival which is celebrating it’s 40 anniversary. There are so many  artists performing over the four days of the event it’s almost impossible to catch it all.


Our list of recommendations will help guide you  but please feel free to stroll around to the many festival stages and get a taste of all the  festival has to offer.


For a complete guide of stages and performers go to


The four-day festival runs from Friday, August 30 through Monday September 2, 2019.






Detroit Jazz Festival Crowd! / Photo:


Here are some of my top picks, but don’t forget it’s all good so walk around and take it all in. If you’re still in need of some suggestions, check out my list below and ENJOY!





Stanley Clarke / 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival Artist in Residence



Judy Adams’s Jazz Notes: the 40th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival: “Best of the Fest”:


Friday, August 30th

7:00–8:15pm Danilo Pérez’s Global Big Band featuring the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra / Chase Main Stage



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The Soul Rebels / Photo:



Saturday, August 31:

3:45–5:00 p.m. The Soul Rebels 6:00–7:15 p.m., Chase Main Stage


Macy Gray, Chase Main Stage


Macy Gray /Photo:


7:15–8:30 p.m. Ron Carter Quartet, Carhartt Amphitheater Stage


Sunday, September 1st:


6:00–7:15 p.m. (2019 Artist-in-Residence: Stanley Clarke), A night of jazz with The Stanley Clarke Band / Chase Main Stage


8:00–9:15 p.m. Dee Dee Bridgewater and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra , Chase Main Stage




Pat Metheny / Photo:


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Ron Carter / Photo:


3:30 p.m.- 4:30p Pat Metheny & Ron Carter

5:15-6:30 p.m. Thornetta Davis

7:15-8:30p.m. Kenny Garrett Quintet


Kenny Garrett /Photo: at Porgy and Bess Jazz Club


9:15-10:30p Terence Blanchard – AB² – Art Blakey Project


Carhartt Amphitheater Stage


Monday, September 2nd

3:00–4:15 p.m. Pat Metheny Side-Eye w/ James Francies & Marcus Gilmore


Chase Main Stage


6:30–7:45 p.m. Chucho Valdés – Jazz Batá/ Chase Main Stage


7:00–8:15 p.m. 2019 Artist-in-Residence: Stanley Clarke, Boyz n the Hood – The Live Original featuring the Detroit Jazz Festival String Orchestra



Carhartt Main Stage





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