What’s in store for Detroit Jazz Festival this year

The Detroit Jazz Festival has been improving and innovating since the onset of the pandemic, says Chris Collins, the festival’s president and artistic director.

Photo credit: Len Katz (Courtesy of Detroit Jazz Festival)


Many say the Detroit Jazz Festival is one of the most exciting local events of the year. But for the past two years the performances have had to move off of the stage and onto the internet and broadcast due to the pandemic.

This year, the festival plans to move into a hybrid mode, mixing live events with broadcast.

“People from all around the world will be able to be part of our audience.” — Chris Collins, Detroit Jazz Festival

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Chris Collins is the president and artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. He says in 2020, the festival drew 1 million unique viewers from around the world.

“People from all around the world will be able to be part of our audience,” says Collins.

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