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Only in Detroit: Massive virtual jazz festival launches tonight

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Do you have any recommendations of local Detroit artists on the schedule?

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45 minutes ago, kh1958 said:

Do you have any recommendations of local Detroit artists on the schedule?

I have attended the Detroit Jazz Festival for the last 12 or 13 years and have seen many excellent Detroit artists.  Here are a few I recommend from the schedule:

Gayelynn McKinney: Part of the McKinney clan that includes Harold, Bernard (AKA, Kiane Zawadi) and Carlos.  She was the drummer for Straight Ahead, the all-women group with Regina Carter.  I've seen her with Benny Golson and Larry Willis (backing Vanessa Rubin).

Marion Hayden: The bassist from Straight Ahead and yet another in a proud tradition of Detroit bassists.

Walter White: A fine trumpeter who has recorded for Summit, I believe.  I enjoyed what I saw of his set a few years ago.

Sean Dobbins: I've seen him backing Sonny Fortune and Ralph Moore.  I still fondly recall how bonkers the crowd went when he had a drum feature on 'Caravan' with Fortune.  He also leads a high school group out of Detroit that impressed me far more than many of the college ensembles I've seen over the years.

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Bob Hurst’s band Black Currant  Jam is exceptional. I think they play Sunday night.

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Alex Harding is about to start.  It should be great.  The last time I saw the group in Detroit, the drummer, Francisco Mora Catlett, was billed as the leader.

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I've seen that group (Afro Horn); it is terrific.

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1 hour ago, Justin V said:

Alex Harding is about to start.  It should be great.  The last time I saw the group in Detroit, the drummer, Francisco Mora Catlett, was billed as the leader.

Thanks for the reminder. I really enjoyed that set.

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3 minutes ago, kh1958 said:

Thanks for the reminder. I really enjoyed that set.

It was the same group the last time but with J.D. Allen, too.  :tup  My toddler would have loved the festival this year.  We had fun watching the set.  I shoveled mac and cheese into her face and told her about the music while she jammed out.

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The same group (Francisco Mora Catlett; Alex Harding, Sam Newsome, Aruin Ortiz, Ramon Diaz, Rahsaan Carter) played in Dallas a few years ago; a free concert at the Latino Cultural Center in Deep Elllum, a venue that never has jazz, so kind of inexplicable. 
 

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Are these up for later viewing on YouTube?

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