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Detroit's significant jazz roots will be evident during when the 37th annual Detroit Jazz Festival takes over downtown during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5. The largest free jazz festival in the world, hundreds of musicians will perform on four stages, including homegrown greats like Ron Carter. "This man is a hero to me and probably everyone in this room," said Detroit Jazz Festival Artistic Director Chris Collins. "With more than 2,000 recordings to his credit, Carter is the "bona fide No. 1 recorded bassist in history," Collins said. Carter - who grew up in Detroit and Ferndale is this year's artist-in-residence, graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1955.

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