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Highlights from the Detroit Jazz Festival - Kat Edmonson / Dearborn Press and Guide

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Call it the unfinished Detroit Jazz Festival. After three and a half glorious days of superb weather and fantastic jazz, an untimely late Labor Day afternoon thunderstorm on Monday, Sept. 4, dampened the weekend glow and forced the early suspension of the 38th annual event in downtown Detroit. Despite the closing night setback, Monday's storm couldn't diminish the 60-plus buoyant, entertaining and stimulating jazz performances that enthralled jazz fans throughout the festival weekend. Festival highlights included;

Svelte, petite and armed with a charming, but girlish voice, singer Kat Edmonson sang ingeniously clever songs with a disarming and spry sense of humor. Original songs like "Champagne," with its lyric: "Champagne Does it Every Time," and "How's About it Baby," charmed the attentive audience. Edmonson wore a leopard print dress, her hair cut very short -- while her cabaret-styled bandmates: all gentlemen, on piano, bass and drums, wore matching white shirts with black suits and ties. It's all part of her quaint and vintage music. For her, a modern song is "Just Like Heaven," from the ‘80s by The Cure. She sang it slow and delicately.

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