Overcast   51.0F  |  Forecast »

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.

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Upping the Prom Stakes: Teen Promposals Sweep High Schools

Upping the Prom Stakes: Teen Promposals Sweep High Schools

Prom? Kids are amping up the pitch with crazy creative presentations that rival wedding proposals – and, of course, posting the pix on social media.

Depression Risk is High for Young, First-Time Fathers

Depression Risk is High for Young, First-Time Fathers

It's common to hear talk about postpartum depression for moms. But, according to a new study, dads are feeling down, too, and suffering from paternal postpartum – or postnatal – depression.

Easter Treats Ideas – Recipes for the Kids

Easter Treats Ideas – Recipes for the Kids

Cupcakes, brownies, cake pops! These creative concoctions aren't just tasty – they're cute, too! Add some fun to your Easter celebrations with these sweets.

Make It Review: Rolli Stamps and Project Idea

Make It Review: Rolli Stamps and Project Idea

This cool new inked stamper product by Funnybone Muse is sure to be a family craft staple. Here's what it's about, and how to use it to jazz up a note card.

Craft Roundup: Muppets Most Wanted Inspired DIY Fun

Craft Roundup: Muppets Most Wanted Inspired DIY Fun

These cool DIY projects are a blast for kids and families to make, all celebrating Disney's latest movie spin on the classic Muppet gang.

Tax Tips for Parents: Deductions and Credits to Know About

Tax Tips for Parents: Deductions and Credits to Know About

April 15 is the IRS tax filing deadline, aka Tax Day. Whether you've got a baby or a college kid, here's how to get the most out of your income tax returns.

9 Month Bump Maternity Apparel Boutique in Trenton

9 Month Bump Maternity Apparel Boutique in Trenton

This downriver area consignment store is stocked with lots of trendy gently used options for new and expecting moms, plus handmade baby gifts and more.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement