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Highlights from the Detroit Jazz Festival - Saturday Night Jam Session / 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;

The Saturday Night Jam Session in the Renaissance Ballroom of the Detroit Marriott. Anything can happen after midnight at the Detroit Jazz Festival jam sessions. Saturday night's/Sunday morning's wee hour extracurricular activities brought out a who's who list of festival performers who were there to catch the vibe; A among them was singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, drummer Richard Guliano and guitarist Adam Rogers. Saxophonist Donnie McCaslin was the originally scheduled jam session act. But in a last minute change some progressive jazz groups showed up to perform. T.K. Blue led his quintet to the stage and got the session started. Next up was saxophonist Akihiro Nishiguchi's Trio, the festival exchange act from Yokohama, Japan. Trumpeter Theo Croker's Escape Velocity followed. Pure spontaneous jazz was invented here when Miles Mosley + West Coast Get Down joined Croker with criss-crossing solos and electrifying improvisation by pianist Cameron Graves and drummer Tony Austin.

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