Detroit Jazz Festival announces tentative 2024 lineup

This year’s performers will include 2024 Artist-In-Residence Brian Blade, the One-World Jazz Orchestra, Ghost-Note and more.

The Detroit Jazz Festival is held over Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit.

The Detroit Jazz Festival is held over Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit.

The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation unveiled the initial lineup for this year’s event — considered the world’s largest free jazz festival — during a livestream preview event on Wednesday.

Set for Aug. 30-Sept 2, the 2024 Detroit Jazz Festival will include performances by this year’s Artist-In-Residence Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band; the One-World Jazz Orchestra — a collaboration between the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and Wayne State University’s Jazz Program — and much more.

“This year’s lineup reflects a very dynamic and eclectic combination of next generation and legacy jazz musicians who reflect the diverse tapestry of jazz and its evolutions,” said Chris Collins, president and artistic director, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation, in a news release. “We look forward to their energy and craftsmanship on our stages and seeing our faithful jazz fans in downtown Detroit on Labor Day weekend.”

Wednesday’s preview event also served as a sneak peek for the new Gretchen C. Valade Jazz Center (GCVJC) on the campus of Wayne State University, which is scheduled to open to the public in the fall.

The tentative lineup for the 2024 Detroit Jazz Festival includes:

  • 2024 Artist-In-Residence Brian Blade
  • Billy Childs Quartet, Special Guest Sean Jones
  • Cameron Graves
  • Carmen Lundy
  • Charlie Sepulveda & The Turnaround Plus Special Guest
  • Chief Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott)
  • Christian McBride
  • Ghost-Note
  • Isaiah J. Thompson Quartet
  • James “Blood” Ulmer Music Revelation Ensemble
  • Joshua Redman Group featuring Gabrielle Cavassa ‘Where Are We’ Tour
  • Kyle Eastwood – Eastwood Symphonic
  • Marquis Hill: Composers Collective
  • Melanie Charles
  • Mimi Fox Organ Trio
  • Monty Alexander D-Day
  • Nate Smith
  • Pablo Ziegler Quintet Featuring Roberta Gambarini
  • The Bad Plus
  • The Vibraphone Summit: Warren Wolf – Joe Locke – Jason Marsalis & Chien Chien Lu
  • TRANSLINEAR LIGHT The Music of Alice Coltrane featuring Ravi Coltrane with Special Guest Brandee Younger
  • Zig Zag Power Trio: Vernon Reid – Melvin Gibbs – Will Calhoun

Detroit Jazz Festival is a major tourist attraction for the city of Detroit, with 26% of its audience coming from out of state, according to the Foundation. For more information about the event, visit

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