Jazz luminaries, up-and-comers and undiscovered talent, along with fans from around the world, will call downtown Detroit home Labor Day weekend - Sept. 4-7 - as the 36th annual Detroit Jazz Festival (DJF) brings the world's largest free jazz festival and its unique musical explorations to four stages in Campus Martius and Hart Plaza.
"Every year, during a long Labor Day weekend, the city comes alive and we celebrate.
We celebrate our community. We celebrate expression. And we celebrate this genre of music that we love and have supported for so many years," said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. "Having the world's largest free jazz festival right here in Detroit says a lot about our city and the people who live in it. It speaks to our great music heritage that continues to evolve and grow, and it also shows that this is for everybody. Jazz is a special art form, and by keeping it free we can share it with as many people as possible."
The Detroit Jazz Festival brings hundreds of artists and nearly 70 performances to the city during the holiday weekend.