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Detroit Jazz Festival

Bring the kids to Detroit's 33rd annual on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2012, for all the city's jazzy blues, hippest tunes and family fun

Note: There is no Kid Bop event in 2012.

Celebrate Detroit's legacy in the jazz culture at this free, must-see music outdoor event. Celebrating its 33rd year, the Detroit Jazz Festival brings over 100 unique jazz artists to perform their passions on five stages from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park. This year's event runs Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2012. With food, fun and Saturday night fireworks, it promises families a perfectly tuned trip to the heart of our city.

Hungry for more on jazz history? Be sure to stop by the Jazz Talk Tent, where local and national musicians, jazz researchers and broadcasters share their thoughts and knowledge on all things jazz. Meet artists and get inspired.

This Detroit favorite is simply packed with great tunes, as well as food and beverages. On Friday, catch Sonny Rollins and the Terence Blanchard Quintet. Saturday ups the acts to 21, including Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea and Gary Burton Hot House Tour with Harlem String Quartet, topped off by that fantastic fireworks show (at 11 p.m.). For Sunday, expect a whopping 23 acts throughout the day, such as the Pat Metheny Unity Band and Wayne Shorter Quartet. And things wrap Monday with 15 jazz acts on five stages, including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Lew Tabackin Quartet featuring Randy Brecker.

The festival kicks off Friday from 4 to 11 p.m. then runs 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and noon-8:30 p.m. Monday.

Learn more about the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival in the Metro Parent listing.

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