The Detroit Jazz Festival may be five months away, but jazz lovers can get a preview this week.
The festival is kicking off with a live-streamed announcement of its 2021 lineup. The event will not only include the lineup for the Labor Day weekend event but will also feature live performances by Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater and Cuban pianist Omar Sosa.
The three-hour preview event, which begins 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, will also include a student performance featuring Wayne State University jazz students participating in the educational branch of the Havana-Detroit Jazz Project.
Watch the Detroit Jazz Festival’s live lineup preview at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7:
Now in its 42nd year, the Detroit Jazz Festival was held without an audience and broadcast virtually in 2020 in order to adhere to pandemic-related restrictions on gatherings. The decision on the festival’s format for this year is expected to be made in June or July and will be contingent on local, state and federal guidelines.
“Last year, we preserved our 41-year legacy and produced a festival that was safe, live and free to nearly a million jazz fans around the globe,” says Chris Collins, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation president and artistic director. “We look forward to leveraging that experience to … continue our mission of delivering free jazz to audiences here and abroad.”