Detroit Jazz Festival announced 2020 lineup

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On Monday, March 23, the Detroit Jazz Festival (DJF) decided to announce its 2020 lineup to “shine a light for the end of the summer and…a challenging time.”

DJF President and Artistic Director Chris Collins said that for him, after some challenging information, nothing is more welcome than some joyous information.

The DJF announced a roster of 28 performances for the event that will take places on stages in Hart Plaza, near Campus Martius Park. Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Take 6, and the Manhattan Transfer are some of the big names that will join Flint-raised Bridgewater, along with some themed and anniversary sets that are slated to take place during the DJF.

Admission will, as usual, be free, although VIP packages are outlined at available at the website

Hancock will be the opening night headliner on Friday, Sept. 4, following the first of the four performances by Flint-raised Bridgewater.

Collins said that some local musicians will be added to the lineup and the DJF might also make space for international artists losing gigs at other events due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 -related shutdowns urged the DJF to cancel its usual luncheon announcing the lineup and a planned Bridgewater’s performance at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe. In order to provide some entertainment and revenue for artists, the DJF Live subscription series will webcast performances from Tuesday to Thursday at least during the next two weeks. The Thursday episodes will be particularly curated by the DJF.

The full announced 2020 lineup of DJF includes:

Friday, Sept. 4

·        Herbie Hancock

·        2020 Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater

Saturday, Sept. 5

·        Kenny Barron Trio

·        Matthew Whitaker Quartet

·        Alicia Olatuja

·        David Binney Angeleno Quartet

·        Etienne Charles – Creole Soul

·        Pharoah Sanders:  Icon

·        Keyon Harrold presents Jazz with special guests

·        The Summit:  The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

·        Kurt Elling’s Big Blind; ft. Kurt Elling, Broadway Legend Ben Vereen, 2020 Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater, and others

Sunday, Sept. 6

·        Michael Mayo Quartet

·        Alfredo Rodriguez and Richard Bona Sextet

·        Roberto Fonseca (100%) – YESUN (70%)

·        Bill Charlap and 2020 Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater

·        Abdullah Ibrahim and the DJF Orchestra

·        Musical Director, Oded Lev-Ari

·        Sean Jones

·        The Dave Brubeck 100th Anniversary Tribute; ft. Jerry Bergonzi, the Brubeck Brothers, the DJF Orchestra and Choir, and others

·        Fly Higher

·        Gregory Porter

Monday, Sept. 7

·        Joey Alexander Trio

·        Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya

·        Eddie Daniels and Bob James; Exploring New Worlds

·        Jimmy Greene Quintet

·        Omar Sosa and Marialy Pacheco Piano Duo

·        Robert Glasper

·        2020 Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater and her big band