[Dixielandjazz] Ford Detroit Jazz Fest
Thu, 22 Aug 2002 10:08:35 -0400
Rob McCallum wrote:
If anyone out there is going to be in the Metropolitan Detroit area over
Labor Day weekend, there are going to be 3 OKOM sets at the Ford Detroit
Jazz Festival (formerly Montreux-Detroit). This festival has always
been a very "modern" festival, however, this year Pete Fountain is a
headliner (Monday night at 8p.m.- main stage). This is the first time
in the festival's history in which a traditional jazz group is a
headlining evening act. The Leroy Jones Quintet with Craig Kline on
trombone is playing at 7:15 pm on Friday at the waterfront stage. Also,
local clarinettist Charlie Gabriel is performing this year.
Some of the "modern" headliners this year are Branford Marsalis, Curtis
Fuller, Louis Hayes, Louis Smith, Cedar Walton, Geri Allen, Joey
DeFrancesco, Roy Ayers, Dee Dee McNeil, Regina Carter and David
The Festival is a 4 day event from Friday afternoon through Monday
(Labor Day) evening and all concerts at all the stages are FREE
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the largest free jazz festival in North
America. All the stages are located in Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit
on the river (Jefferson Ave at the foot of Woodward). For a complete
schedule, you can go to the website at
If anyone is interested in a face to face, contact me at
email@example.com I'll be playing with the Schoolcraft College
Big Band on Sunday night.
These "modern jazz" festivals are a huge opportunity for OKOM bands.
Those that are good enough to play at them (and you know who you are)
should be kicking the doors down to get booked. The audiences are young,
they pay attention, and they will love your band.
Modern festivals have the same problems as OKOM festivals. They need to
broaden the styles of music they play. Help them out and get some gigs
at the same time. It works for a few of us on the DJML and it will work
for you if you try. Also works for OKOM at "music festivals".
clarinet/leader Barbone Street Jazz Band
PS. Playing 6 "modern jazz festivals" and 2 "music festivals" within an
80 mile radius of home on a regular basis. (Philadelphia PA area)