Each Labor Day weekend, Hart Plaza swings with the sounds of the Detroit Jazz Festival. But you might not realize that those sounds are also being recorded and archived, and have been for years.
“These are historical moments, for our city, for our audiences and for the artist as well,” Collins says. “We’ve captured final performances of artists at the festival, first performances of artists that go on to become significant.”
The Detroit Jazz Festival is the world’s largest free jazz festival, spanning from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the fest, and there will be a special reunion line-up to commemorate. The lineup includes Stanley Clarke, Pat Metheny, Danilo Perez, Ron Carter and Terence Blanchard. The fest takes place on Friday, August 30th through Monday, September 2nd.