Tribute from Dr. Norah Duncan

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SUBMITTED BY: Dr. Norah Duncan, Professor and Chair, Department of Music, Wayne State University

For many years, Ed Love’s iconic voice has been emblematic of the Detroit community’s infinite love of jazz.  As a Detroiter, I am indebted to him for the service he has given. 

The only time I ever met Mr. Love was at a rehearsal of a performance of Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Music Concert” at Orchestra Hall several years ago.  Ed Love agreed to be the narrator for one of the movements.  In the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the former Paradise Theater, Ed Love’s voice seemed to channel Ellington’s message of brotherly and sisterly love as if the Duke was speaking to us on that day. 

He is the voice of jazz. 

Ed Love | 60 Years of Jazz in Detroit

This post is a part of Ed Love | 60 Years of Jazz in Detroit.

Ed Love is a musical institution. Generations of Detroiters know Ed as the voice who guided us through almost 60 years of "Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program", playing the classics and introducing us to new music each week on WDET-FM.

Now, into his sixth decade of radio, Love is still working, introducing yet another generation to the jazz tradition and the power of music.

In 2020, Ed Love reached 60 years on the air. Check out tributes and accolades for his six decades of radio.

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