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May 4, 2019

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Bassist Stanley Clarke / Photo:


So many people have benefitted from the Detroit Jazz Festival’s artist-in-residence program. Started in 2007 with violinist Regina Carter, the program has featured such stellar musicians as Joshua Redman, Danilo Perez, Terence Blanchard, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Christian McBride, Pat Metheny Wayne Shorter and others. This year, award-winning Bassist, composer, award-winning Stanley Clarke will take the prestigious position.



Responsibilities of the 2019 artist-in-residence, bassist, Stanley Clarke include playing multiple sets with various ensembles at the festival, spanning all four days He also appeared in an intimate trio performance at Dirty Dog Jazz Café, a few weeks ago.



Stanley Clarke / Photo: NPR


Educational activities with up and coming Jazz musicians are an integral component of the artist-in-residency program. This gives younger students of Jazz a chance to attend special master classes with some of the most significant Jazz artists performing in the world today.



As we mentioned earlier, this year’s artist-in-residence is bassist Stanley Clarke. Here are some defining highlights of his illustrious career, excerpted from his press bio.



Mr. Clarke is a four-time Grammy-award winning recording artist, performer,
Composer, conductor, arranger and producer.



With the arrival of the British invasion bands in the 1960’s, and his high school years, the electric bass found its way into Stanley’s hands and so did opportunities to play at events and shows with many different bands.



Stanley soon made his way to New York City where he found opportunities to play with such Jazz greats as Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexte Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders, Gil Evans and Stan Getz. He also was able to reunite with pianist Chick Corea.



Almost immediately the two recognized something in the talents of the other that would form the basis and creation of the ground-breaking unit, Return to Forever. The new Jazz style they championed became known as “fusion” as it fused traditional Jazz with Rock, Blues, Funk, World music and other idioms.



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RTF became one of the seminal bands of the fusion era, and included Lenny White on drums, and Al Di Meola on guitar.



The Detroit Jazz Festival takes place Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit. For festival information including a list of performers, go to



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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