Detroit Jazz Festival is Labor Day weekend

Free, annual event taking place in Hart Plaza


DETROIT – The 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival, sponsored by Chrysler, is here.

The festival is the largest free event of its kind in the world and has taken over Hart Plaza.

Attendees, in addition to artists, come from all over the world, with 23 percent of the festival audience coming from outside of Michigan. The festival has an economic impact of tens of millions of dollars, contributing greatly to the city of Detroit. The festival also was recently voted the number two jazz festival in North America in a reader's poll by JazzTimes, the world's leading jazz publication.
Major corporate sponsors include JP Morgan Chase, Carhartt, DTE Energy Foundation and Mack Avenue Records.In addition, there is a growing base of individual support. Fans are encouraged to become Rhythm Section members by making donations of any size online in support of the festival's "KEEP IT FREE" campaign.

Festival info: Map and schedule
Detroit will be jamming with a one-of-a-kind lineup of today's greatest jazz performers.


The artists at this year's festival have been nominated for more than 200 and won more than 100 Grammy Awards, composed film scores and traveled the world to perform.

The 2012 headliners include:

  • Sonny Rollins
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Chick Corea and Gary Burton, with strings
  • Wayne Shorter
  • Pat Metheny
  • And, 2012 Artist in Residence, Terence Blanchard