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Detroit International Jazz Festival

Detroit International Jazz Festival (Detroit, MI)


(August 31-September 3, 2012) The Detroit International Jazz Festival, which says that it is the largest free admission event of its kind, is held annually on Labor Day weekend, and has brought the best in jazz to Detroit for almost 30 years. The Jazz Fest occupies more than 2 million square feet of downtown Detroit with several outdoor stages. The festival has recently hosted players like Diane Reeves, The Brubeck Brothers, Patti Austin and Herbie Hancock. The festival hosts a “Jazz Talk Tent” where eminent jazz experts give lectures and some of the artists performing in the festival hold Q&A sessions.

Detroit International Jazz Festival (Detroit, MI) Information

  • Venues: There are a number of venues centered around the intersection of Woodward and Jefferson Streets in downtown Detroit. A number of the venues are also in Hart Plaza.
  • Public Transportation: Poor
  • Handicapped Accessible: Yes .
  • Performances/Programs: About 65 performances are presented during the festival, which takes places for 4 days during Labor Day weekend.
  • Ticket Prices: Free admission.
  • Educational/ Community Outreach Programs: Yes. The “Jazz Talk” tent features jazz historians and “meet the artist” events free of charge.