Two Hours At The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival

Two Hours At The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival

(Photos above, clockwise from top left: Steve March-Tormé, Soulgrass drummer-singer Josh Dion, Peter Bernstein, Tormé Sings Tormé musical director Steve Rawlins [we think!] ~Eds)

IMG_1265Sometimes ya can’t make a day of it. Two hours is all ya got. Tough crap. The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival felt our pain and said, “no problem”. Occurring downtown annually since 1980, and free of charge since 1994, this crown jewel of Detroit music festivals counts Aretha Franklin, Dave Brubeck, Winton and Branford Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, B.B. King, Tito Puente, Carmen McRae, Dr. John, Kevin Eubanks, Dave Holland, Kurt Elling, Ramsey Lewis, Lou Rawls, Medeski, Martin and Wood, John Scofield and Mavis Staples among its many seminal performers of the past. Legends, every one of ’em. With only 120 minutes to spare, could we be so lucky? Check out our three videos, and you tell us. ~I♥DM

1. Ron Carter & Peter Bernstein performing Sonny Rollins’ “St. Thomas” as part of their Jim Hall Tribute, Carhartt Amphitheater Stage, Monday, September 1, 2:30 pm.

2. Bill Evans Soulgrass performing an unknown title, Mack Avenue Waterfront Stage, Monday, September 1, 3:30 pm.

3. Tormé Sings Tormé featuring Steve March-Tormé and the Dektette arrangements of Marty Paich performing Cole Porter’s “Just One Of Those Things”, Absopure Pyramid Stage, Monday, September 1, 3:45 pm.

Dale Carlson

Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.

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