Detroit Institute of Art honors music of J Dilla with free annual concert

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J Dilla, 2003
February is bittersweet for J Dilla fans.

Born on Feb. 7 in 1974, the legendary Detroit hip-hop innovator spent his brief 32 years creating one of the most influential bodies of work through his many solo projects and as a founding member of Slum Village. Dilla, who died from cardiac arrest on Feb. 10, 2006, will be honored in an annual celebration at the DIA. Composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson has, once again, arranged important moments from Dilla’s catalog to be performed by members of Rebirth.

The Music of J Dilla performances begin at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at the DIA; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900;; Event is free with museum admission.

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