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40th Annual Detroit Jazz Fest Staff Pick

When: Aug. 30-Sept. 1 2019
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The Detroit International Jazz Festival is not only the world's largest free and open to the public jazz fest (that's right — no wristbands, fees, or lines) but one of the oldest, too. The Jazz Fest isn't just for aficionados (because we all know that one person who won't let you take Lee Morgan's The Cooker out of its dang sleeve). In fact, this event is inclusive — not only to all disciplines but to listeners of all experience and knowledge levels. You don't have to know the difference between hard bop and ragtime to enjoy this year's artist-in-residence, Stanley Clarke. And if the name Thelonious Monk doesn't ring a bell, you can still take in Connie Han or Macy Gray. Despite the insane roster of talent, the real star of the Jazz Fest is the final days of summer overlooking the Detroit River.

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