Oct 4, 2011
It's been a busy month and I'm just now getting to deliver a big thank you to the Detroit Jazz Festival for supplying me wiht enough memories to last me - well, until next year's festival. Simply put, this is the template for all urban festivals, using multiple stages across downtown Detroit and along their developed riverfront to create a free festival of epic proportions. Since the Festival is run primarily by volunteers, this is truly a community triumph. The city of Detroit was inviting, clean and warm, dispelling rumors of its decay.
Special thanks to Dr. Jazz for hosting a fabulous brunch and making sure that we all got to tour Motown Studios. And another to Teddy, the woman who picked us up at the Airport and showed us around the City, giving us tips on where to go and what to see. That sort of spirit rubbed off on the performers as well. When Dave Holland's much anticipated set was rained out by a violent thunderstorm Saturday night, he brought the whole band into a hotel bar for a memorable performance.
Click here to view a "movie" of stills taken by my wife Nancy over the course of the Jazz Festival weekend. See you next year, Motor City!