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Detroit native and bass legend Ron Carter ready as 'Artist in Residence' at upcoming Festival / Jazz Police

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Year after year, since 2008, I've experienced the feelings expressed by Benny Green from the audience perspective. I can't imagine Labor Day Weekend anywhere else. The 37th annual gathering of the world's largest free jazz festival, with Detroit native and living bass legend Ron Carter at the helm as Artist in Residence, puts even more emphasis than usual on the Detroit connections to the history and future of jazz with an expanded Homecoming Series, in addition to Carter's multiple performances in a variety of contexts.

"The jazz tradition in Detroit is iconic and known worldwide. Today, it's a vibrant scene that is constantly evolving and growing and our Festival continues to nurture and support it," said Gretchen Valade, Chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board of Directors. "With the wonderful Ron Carter as our artist-in-residence, we are taking the music to a new level of Detroit connection. And, once again, we hope the Festival transcends the music itself and gets people downtown to see and experience Detroit's distinct flavor. We look forward to adding to Detroit's jazz tradition and another Labor Day weekend to remember."

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