Lineup of musicians in place for 2011 Detroit International Jazz Festival

[13 April 2011]

By Mark Stryker

Detroit Free Press (MCT)

DETROIT — One of the programming deficiencies that Terri Pontremoli began addressing when she assumed command of the Detroit International Jazz Festival in 2007 was that many vanguard musicians had routinely been ignored.

Announced Tuesday, the complete 2011 lineup for the annual Labor Day weekend festival takes another corrective step forward. Several musicians of varying generations make better-late-than-never Detroit festival debuts as bandleaders, among them stalwart tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, 58, who appears with his two-drummer US Five Quintet, and the much-talked-about pianist Jason Moran, 36, who leads his trio.

They join a group of previously announced artists for 2011 that includes such first-time leaders at the festival as the bassist Dave Holland (who leads an octet), pianist Vijay Iyer and drummer Jeff (Tain) Watts, this year’s artist-in-residence for 2011.

The theme of the 32nd annual Detroit festival, “We Bring You the World,” honors the global melting pot in jazz, showcasing cross-cultural influences and artists from Japan, South Africa, Cuba, Israel, Brazil and northern Europe. The festival, which will take place Sept. 2-5 in downtown Detroit, remains the country’s largest free jazz festival.

Among the national headliners: Dave Brubeck Quartet, Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread, Gary Burton Quartet, Kevin Eubanks, Steve Wilson, Champian Fulton, Ivan Lins, Luciana Souza, Curtis Fuller, Toots Thielemans, Sun Ra Arkestram Anat Cohen, and Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Liz Wright celebrating the legacies of Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta.

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