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The Detroit Jazz Festival has announced the 2018 lineup!

Check out the new Detroit Jazz Festival 2018 artist lineup by clicking the button below.

Read all about our artist announcement in the press release by clicking the button below.


Thanks to support from a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation has developed the Detroit Jazz Fest LIVE! app for mobile devices, tablets and desktops. Access event information, and for a $10 fee, livestream performances from all four stages, all four days during the 2018 Festival, in addition to select year-round programs. Visit live.detroitjazzfest.org to register.


Click the button below to see the full list of all our upcoming events.


The Detroit Jazz Festival is a world-class event with a world-class audience. A partnership with the Festival ensures that your product will be in front of hundreds of thousands of savvy consumers.

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To remain the world’s largest free premier jazz festival, we rely on the generosity of individuals. Help us keep it free by donating today. Your contribution means a great deal to us, but even more to patrons, students and emerging artists. Preserve Detroit’s iconic heritage. Protect the culture of the music. Defend the artistry of jazz.

The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation graciously thanks you for your support. Donations from individuals like you demonstrate a growing awareness of the grand events in our great city! It’s also a vote of confidence in the world-class presentations, year-round educational outreach and other pre-Festival activities provided by the Foundation.

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The Detroit Jazz Festival Rhythm Section program comprises individual supporters who make financial contributions in support of the Festival and its year-round education and outreach programs. These contributions are renewable, unrestricted and for current use. Donations are tax-deductible by IRS standards.

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Jazz Pazz

Want to hear the music up close with reserved seating?

The Jazz Pazz includes:

  • Access to reserved seating at four stages for the day Pazz is purchased
  • Souvenir poster
  • Performance schedule
  • Access to special events

Available for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Get Your Jazz Pazz

Guardian of Jazz

Want VIP access for the whole weekend?

  • Full weekend VIP passes
  • Access to VIP hospitality areas at Lincoln Garden & Central Michigan University
  • Access to reserved seating at four stages
  • Invitation to Opening Night Party (if purchased and RSVP received by 8/15/2018)
  • Access to artist meet and greets
  • Souvenir book, keepsake and much more!

Become a Guardian of Jazz
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Hotel Package

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is located at the center of the action! Your VIP Jazz Festival package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Two VIP Passes for day of hotel reservation
  • Access to the VIP hospitality areas at Lincoln Garden & Central Michigan University
  • Access to reserved seating at four stages
  • Welcome bag with souvenir book

Make Your Reservation Now!


Every Labor Day weekend, the Detroit Jazz Festival creates unique musical explorations from jazz legends, those in their prime and up-and-coming artists who are keeping the legacy alive. Musicians and fans from around the world come to the heart of our uniquely American city, to experience this uniquely American art form. But we couldn’t keep it free for all without the passion and commitment of hundreds of volunteers.

Volunteers supported by DTE Energy Foundation,



For nearly 40 years, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation has celebrated Detroit’s rich history of jazz music by providing year-round concerts and educational programming, and of course, organizing the world’s largest free jazz festival, featuring world-class talent, over Labor Day weekend.

With the support of corporate sponsors, philanthropic organizations, individual donors and volunteers, the Detroit Jazz Festival is free to music fans looking to revel in the artistry and improvisation of jazz legends, rising stars, legacy and homecoming artists. Each year’s lineup of more than 60 performances as remarkable and diverse as the genre itself, as well as spontaneous late-night jam sessions, offers something for everyone.

Our year-round educational programming creates one-of-a-kind opportunities for regional students and aspiring musicians to help them achieve artistic excellence, while our concerts celebrate the works of students and mentors, in addition to local and national artists.


The Detroit International Jazz Festival was founded in 1980 by Robert McCabe and the Detroit Renaissance. Along with the Detroit Grand Prix and the International Freedom Festival, the Festival was intended to bring people into the city and to provide all segments of the population with world-class entertainment.

From 1980 to 1991, the Festival flourished through a partnership with the highly regarded international jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland. In 1991, the Festival merged with Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, where it resided until September 2005.

In March 2005, Detroit philanthropist and Mack Avenue Records Chairman Gretchen Valade emerged as a major sponsor of the Festival. With additional support from the Knight Foundation, the Festival expanded in all aspects. Its new footprint, covering three blocks, provided two additional stages and more space for food vendors and other activities.

Looking to attract new audiences to jazz and the Festival, in 2011, jazz musician Chris Collins was appointed as artistic director and has since taken on the role of president of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. With Collins’ vision and the support of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board of Directors – led by Chair Gretchen Valade – the Foundation has continued to integrate new and exciting artistic elements and opportunities into the signature event, in addition to year-round programming.

The Detroit Jazz Festival is now managed and produced by the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2006. Through the generosity of Detroit philanthropist and Mack Avenue Records Chairman Gretchen Valade, the Foundation also established a significant endowment to support Festival operations. The staff and advisory committee continuously work to raise the balance of operating costs through corporate partnerships, contributions and earned-income opportunities.


Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Wayne Shorter as 2017 Artist-in-Residence

Detroit Jazz Festival Presented by Quicken Loans Calls the City its Stage for the 37th Year

Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation and DTE Energy Foundation Partner to Take Care of Environment over Labor Day Weekend

Quicken Loans Signs on as 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival Presenting Sponsor

National Jazz Artists Help J.C. Heard [email protected] Program Celebrate 10 Years

Detroit Jazz Festival Will be Streaming Live Across North America This Labor Day Weekend

Detroit Jazz Festival Announces World-Class Lineup for 37th Annual Labor Day Weekend Event

Legendary Bassist Ron Carter Comes Home as Detroit Jazz Festival’s 2016 Artist-in-Residence



Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is the official hotel of the Festival and is located in the center of the action, adjacent to Hart Plaza.

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The “Motor City” continues to be a hot spot for jazz and popular music, with a vibrant club scene, some of the most exciting young artists in the business and, of course, the Detroit Jazz Festival.

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