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Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit Jazz Festival Logo.jpg
Genre Jazz
Dates September
Location(s) Detroit, Michigan
Years active Since 1980
Founded by Robert McCabe, Detroit Renaissance
Attendance 300,000
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A crowd cheers The Blind Boys of Alabama performing on the Campus Martius stage at the Detroit International Jazz Festival in September 2005.

The Detroit Jazz Festival is a free jazz festival held every year during Labor Day Weekend at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park in Detroit, Michigan.


The festival began in 1980. Until 2000, it was known as the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival. The festival again changed names in 2005, becoming the Detroit International Jazz Festival after Ford Motor Company removed its sponsorship.

In January 2006 Gretchen Valade, Chairman of Mack Avenue Records founded the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation, which took over production and management of the festival. Since 2012 the festival has been called the Detroit Jazz Festival.

Performers have included Dave Brubeck, Gary Burton, Regina Carter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, The Manhattan Transfer, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Mulgrew Miller, Paquito d'Rivera, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Take 6, and Tower of Power.

The 2020 festival will be going virtual, as concerts will be held behind closed doors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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