This Labor Day weekend, the 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival will sound off on Detroit's riverfront with an all-star line up. The roster for the free event, which runs from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, will feature jazz legends Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea and Gary Burton, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Jazz Fest's 2012 artist-in-residence.
These artists and others performers at this year's Jazz Fest have won a combined 100 Grammy Awards.
"This year, we wanted to focus on going back to traditional jazz roots,"said Chris Collins, artistic director of the festival and the director of Jazz Studies at Wayne State University, in a release. "Bringing together these world-class jazz artists gives festival-goers the opportunity to experience jazz at its finest -- a collaboration between artists with history, experience and a style all their own."
The event will also feature a Jazz Talk Tent where festival-goers can learn more about featured artists and music history from jazz experts.
The festival is sponsored by a number of corporate backers, as well as by donations from individual sponsors, which organizers are trying to encourage through a "Keep It Free" fundraising effort. The Detroit Jazz Festival is world's largest no-cost jazz festival.
Here is the complete lineup for the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival:
Check out some performances by the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival's headliners below:
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