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Highlights from the Detroit Jazz Festival - Miles Mosley / 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;

Festival promoters offered a Friday night teaser show of singer/bassist Miles Mosley between the heralded opening acts of Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. His big smile, charismatic live stage presence made him an instant festival favorite. During his full show on Saturday, Mosley's quintet, featuring pianist Cameron Graves, drummer Tony Austin, and accented by trumpet and alto saxophone, treated festival-goers to his entire arsenal of bass playing chops, singing and showmanship on his own compositions, plus a crafty interpretation of Jimi Hendrix's rock classic "If Six Was Nine." Musically inspired by both jazz bassist Ray Brown and Hendrix, Mosley and his Los Angeles-based collective kick out new-era jazz that is fast and loud.

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