Labor Day weekend is upon us, which means the Detroit Jazz Festival is back. The lineup always includes artists from all over the country and the world, as well musicians native to Detroit. The artist in residence this year is Chick Corea.
In its 39th year, the festival “has something for everybody,” says Collins.
“The beauty of jazz is that it’s not in a box,” he adds.
“Jazz is an open-ended entity. The artform has always welcomed cultures from around the world and integrated generations. (Jazz music) really is the basis of American music.”
Click on the audio player above for the full conversation.