Tribute from Peg Tallet

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SUBMITTED BYPeg Tallet, former colleague

I had a deep appreciation for Ed, his knowledge and spirit around jazz for many years.

When I served as president of Music Hall, we produced the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival and found ourselves in need of an artistic director, less than eight months before the scheduled four day, multi-stage event. It was, at that time, America’s largest free music event. We had a history, a reputation and a legacy to protect. I distinctly remember walking into a restaurant near Music Hall where Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer was having lunch. When I stopped to say hello, the Mayor “suggested” I ask Ed Love to serve as artistic director. Mayor Archer was a long-time fan and supporter of the FDIJF and was well-aware of its importance to the city and the region. I asked “That’s a great idea, but do you think he’d do it?” The Mayor assured me he would and that he would do a fantastic job.

One phone call and one meeting later, Ed was on the team, working to secure one of the greatest festival line-ups ever. I cherish the time we worked together on behalf of the nearly 1,000,000 who came to Hart Plaza to enjoy a shared experience in extraordinary music each Labor Day weekend.

As Ed taught me, “Recorded jazz is cool, but live jazz is hot!”

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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