With the beautiful historic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House serving as the backdrop, generations young and old come together to honor the jazz vocal traditions born of the big-band swing era. Accompanied by the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, three Detroit divas (Shahida Nurullah, Ursula Walker and Judy Coachill) each highlight their unique vocal talents with selections of jazz standards from the American songbook. The winner of Detroit Jazz Festival’s Youth Jazz Vocalist Competition, and the J.C. Heard All-Star Youth Ensemble, selected from outstanding students of Jazz Week @ Wayne, show the audience how the legacy of jazz has been preserved through the years.
About the Detroit Jazz Festival
The Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Chrysler is an independent, non-profit organization that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. Recently voted number two in North America in a JazzTimes reader’s poll, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the world and a major tourist attraction for the City of Detroit, with 23 percent of its audience coming from out of state.
The festival receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Erb Family Foundation; Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs; the SAP REFX Expert LLC and DE FRANCE DE TERSANT Trust; and the Kresge Foundation. Major corporate partners include Chrysler, JPMorgan Chase, Opportunity Detroit, Carhartt and Mack Avenue Records. Additional partners include Absopure, Amtech International, Andiamo, Art Van Furniture, Bingham Legal Group, Charity Motors, Cliff Bells, Comcast, Detroit Marriott, Dickinson Wright, Dirty Dog Jazz Café, Domino’s, Fathead, Great Lakes Beverage, McDonalds, Meridian Health Plan, MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Panasonic, Pepsi Beverages Company, Plante Moran, PNC Foundation, St. John Providence Health System, Wakefield, Sutherland and Lubera, PLC; DownBeat, Hour Detroit, JazzTimes, MetroTimes and Fox 2. The Festival’s Greening Program, now entering Phase IV, is supported by a generous grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. For more information visit www.detroitjazzfest.com.
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