Wayne Shorter Headlines Detroit Jazz Festival 2017

Renowned tenorist, composer, and bandleader Wayne Shorter is this year’s Artist-in-Residence at the Detroit Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend. He will play on opening night (Friday, September 1) at Campus Martius with his innovative quartet, which includes the marvelous pianist Danilo Perez. Other performances with Shorter include a concert with bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington on Sunday, and with the Detroit Jazz Festival Symphony Orchestra on Labor Day (the last day of the festival).

Opening night will also feature pianist/keyboardist Herbie Hancock and a jam session honoring our own George “Sax” Benson.

On Saturday you can hear a supergroup with drummer Jack DeJohnette, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield, as well as vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, pianist Chucho Valdes with tenorist Joe Lovano, and Danilo Perez’s PanaMonk group.

On Sunday we can enjoy keyboardist John Beasley’s MONK’estra celebrating Monk’s centennial, tenorists Benny Golson and Kamasi Washington.

Labor Day includes Jason Marsalis’ Vibes Quartet, Stanley Clarke, Vijay Iyer’s Sextet, a celebration of Elvin Jones and Johnny O’Neal’s Trio.