Chris Collins has an interesting philosophy about jazz, more specifically about Detroit jazz. It’s like loving cars.
"I always loved the fusion of art and function that comes out of an automobile. Well, jazz music has that same connection to our city. I always encourage people that if you are not into jazz and you live in this area, then you definitely want to explore it," says Collins.
Just like automobiles are the heart and soul of the Motor City, so is jazz and as the new artistic director for the Detroit Jazz Festival -- which begins Friday, Aug. 31 and runs through Monday, Sept. 3 -- Collins is determined to continue nurturing the rich tradition of the musical genre that was shaped by the city and its unique culture.